Well really, maybe this should be in the gig stories section, but it has to do with strings anyway. There's a guitar player round here, pretty good, plays a lotta clubs just for the free beer and a little cash. His band mostly pays blues, and he was impressed with my bass playing (cuz mosta the bassists round here are jackasses that play easy and think they are good). So I did my first gig ever as a bass player Saturday night. This guy walks up to me beforehand, though, and asks me bout my strings on my two basses. I tell him I play EB slinkies on my Alvarez, and D'addario chrome flats on my Carvin. He says, "Well Im a bass player too, and I happen to be an expert on strings." We get to talking, and he says he thinks he knows what kinda music I play cuz of the strings I use. He thinks I play punk on my Alvarez, and Reggae on my 6-string. I have never even heard much reggae, and I absolutely HATE punk music. So, needless to say I was insulted, but I politely told him that he was wrong. So he says that's because Im inexperienced and dont know the sounds that come along with the strings, and I should put strings on that more suited my style of music. So what do you guys think about this? Do you think strings should be put on by music genre or personal preference? And do you think that someone could really guess what kind of music an experienced bass player plays by the strings that are on his bass? Personally, I think the idea is ludicrious, but what do you guys say?