Have never cared for "stock" string on any of the basses I've purchased. Just got a Squier Mustang... changed the strings! just a note... the strings are "thru-body", D'Addario short scale strings are too short... had to re-order "medium scale" to make them work. MF was kind enough to send a new set... without charge... told me to donate them to someone who could use them! BTW: the half-rounds give the Mustang a very solid sound.