Well the strings on my Ibanez BTB 406 are nearing death and I will need to change them in the near future (at least the G and C). To give you an idea of my tone, I like a really heavy grindy sound (prog rock/metal/music). As in heavy, ballsy lows with enough high mid snarl/grind to cut through and get a very aggressive in-your-face sound. Basically it's Tool or Iron Maiden with a much bigger low end. To give you a little more info on my rig, I play my BTB (bass and treble flat, low mids boosted just a hair) through a Mesa M-2000 head (with the gain turned up high, the lows flat, the mid mids cut a bit, high mids goosed, and highs flat) into 4x10s and a 1x15. The bass itself lacks high mids, which is where judicious use of the EQ helps me out. The low end on it, however, is really intense. Keeping the frequency knob of the semi-parametric mids on the bass to the low mids, I only boost a hair to get a really ballsy low end. I have to be really careful, or it gets too much. That along with the amp itself makes sure I have PLENTY of raw low end. It's the high mids that I'm missing in the bass itself (I need a maple or ebony fretboard). I'm happy with the tone I have right now. The only improvement I would like to make is to get my highs/high-mids a little thicker and clearer. When going up to my G and C strings, the sound is really weak unless I'm on the 12th fret or higher. I would like a little more bottom and definitely some more volume/attack on these strings (I guess having thicker guages for them), while improving their clarity. Other things I'm looking for are strings that will allow me to play fast and move all over the fretboard. The BTB's 35" scale and the stock strings make this a little tough compared to my old/crappy bass, where the tension was much lighter. I've read rave reviews about the DR Low Riders, but the increased tension might not be so good for me. The Hi-Beams and whatever other flavors they have all sound very interesting, but since I don't know diddly squat about strings (nickel vs. steel vs. horse hair etc. etc.), I don't know where to begin. Plus since 6 string options are much more limited, I wanted to get an idea of what could work for me, then conduct some more research from there. So given my situation and needs (aggressive tone), what brand of strings do you guys recommend? Keep in mind that I'm a poor college student, so experimenting with multiple brands right now is almost impossible, but I'm willing to pay a little more for good strings that'll last me. Thanks in advance. Hugh Jazz Edit: I play finger style and tend to dig in on "heavier" parts (mainly when accenting notes), but I'm learning to lighten my touch (to build endurance and keep up a consistent speed).