I know this has been asked before but I didn't find exactly my answer through a search. I just got a 1994, 4003 and find the strings on it right now to sound a bit flat, they may just be old but.... He said they were d'adario nickels. I usually use DR highbeams and just want to ask if anyone with experience in that combo can give some insight. Will it be way too bright? I haven't had any major fret wear on my other basses using steels but don't want my new bass to be the first. It has bartolinis in it. Anyway, thanks for the input.