Right now I'm playing Circle K balanced tension .142 .106 .079 .059 .043 on an Ibanez SR-535. I like the tone character of the Circle Ks but I suspect the thin neck of the Ibanez presents a bit of a challenge on the low B. It has always sounded a bit warbly and flanged with any string I've tried. I think this is due to the thinness of the neck allowing it to soak up vibrations from the string, thus the neck's resonant frequencies are subtracted from the string resulting in a kind of comb-filtery sound. You can hear it at the end of this clip: I have been very careful to install the strings without any twist, including using the tuning key to wrap the string around the post instead of hand-looping, and the trick about loosening the installed string and letting the ball end shift to an untwisted position. I like the playability of the Ibanez SR neck profile and getting a higher model Ibanez with a stiffer neck may be an option in the future, but at present I'd like to try different strings to see if I can find a set that sounds really muscular on the SR-535. The tone goal would be in the direction of Alice in Chains' "Would", Tool "Schism", or Queensryche's "Jet City Woman", or even Green Day "Longview" Alice in Chains "Would" Tool "Schism" Queensryche "Jet City Woman" Green Day "Longview" Yes, I know, the commonalities in these 3 examples are thick neck (Spector/Warwick/Fender), flatpick and a dash of overdrive, but for the time being I am working with the Ibanez, a new set of pups and a dash of overdrive. An addendum to the tone goal is that I need versatility. I am called on to play country, motown and pop as well as hard rock and need to be able to dial those in with EQ, backing off the OD, and switching to fingers. I'm getting acceptable (to me) results with my current bass except for that flangey B. I don't want to have to muzzle all my treble just to mask it; I don't have thousands or even hundreds of dollars to spend experimenting; Can you suggest a choice of strings to get more bicep in my B with my current axe? I'm guessing that means more fundamental and low mids, without sacrificing the 600-800 kHz snarl. Actually, if my hypothesis is correct, the neck is subtracting something crucial in the 600-800 kHz range so strings that present an abundance of energy in that band may be good candidates. I'm using a Kahler 2415 tremolo bridge with forward saddles, so the tailpiece is pretty far away from the saddles. This means the taper part of just about any taper string will be behind the saddle, not in the "speaking length" of the string: https://www.kahlerusa.com/guitar-tremolo-and-bridge/2405f-n5-cx-5-string-bass-with-forward-saddles Thanks for all advice vis-a-vis strings or other ways to address the flangey B problem.