I want to change the intonation and playability of my MIJ P-bass and I went to GC and got some 045/100 Elixir Nanos. I am supposed to have this very same string set on my SR500 Ibanez and since I like them a lot I decided to try them on the P too. Taking them out of the box and sleeves they just do NOT look the same as what's on my Ibanez - no way, no how! The strings on my 2009 SR500 are supposed to be stockers, and from all I know they are since I also noodled around on a 5-stringer in the same brand and year as mine. They are smooth, silky and just nice to play. What I have here in the Elixir box does not look the same at all. The package was unopened and I see no signs of a bogus string swap - so what am I supposed to do - are these the real McCoy or not? Are there any markings on the strings - colors, deigns, etc., that I should see? Is there a coating I can actually see?