It's my understanding that white is the only gloss finish in the Synapse line. The rest are matte/satin. On a slightly different topic, is the consensus that Status strings are slightly longer and therefore fit better than standard length double-ball strings? If so, how much longer are they typically? I've been using the adapters with conventional single-ball strings on my white XS-15FPA for the past couple years. No problems so far, but I might like to go back to double-ball at some point.