That's a valid point, especially after I now recall something about a Stingray. While the slightly lower action you can use w/ the 105-50 set makes fretboard feel a non issue, the right hand location over the pup on this bass makes for a very stiff finger feel at that location as opposed to say the P-Bass pup location. To me it's fine - but I've been playing flats for 47 years & I LOVE a stiff feel when diggin' in to make notes POP. There is SO much more to making flats talk than gauge or string make.The tonal considerations that are being discussed here are all well & good if you're standing right in front of the amp. But on the "floor" it's not what is relevant. You have to get the thump to PROJECT CLEANLY to be appreciated by your audience. I am so happy to hear you young guys debating this flatwound issue. It is making a comeback after being lost for a long time. If you are going to get serious about being a good flats player, you must, out of necessity, develop an appropriate right hand finger style technique or everybody's gonna start telling you it sounds "muddy" or "it's not cutting thru". I'm not trying to be negative in any way guys. I'm trying to promote flats because that thump is in my blood & I'd like to see it stick around & get more refined, using the technology at our disposal these days. The tools you use to accomplish that are important, but it's gonna get lost in the mix if you neglect technique. Keep on groovin' bros! B.