Gard said that the DR Sunbeams are very close to their special stock strings. I like the Hi Beams on my ash body soap bar 5 string bass, but they don't seem to be doing it for me on my ash body JJ. My fret ends are sprouting quite a bit from the very dry and cold winter. I'm thinking I may just send it to Keith and have him do a fret dressing, restring and set up for me. Get it back to "factory" specs. Who knows what happened to it while it was out of my hands and at a Guitar Center.