I'm sure that I've figured out the reply already. I'm just wondering if anyone else is doing this kind of thing and what is considered a stock setup. TL;DR. I need to get some Innovation silver slaps. ANYWAY. I play mostly slap and pizz. No bow. I ditched the stock steel strings and a couple of different brands because they shredded my fingers. I started using the Barefoot Larry weedwhackers and have for a year or so. I'm getting sick of just how low tensioned they are. The E in particular is pig disgusting. I've been playing more acoustic gigs and on songs without slap I'm just not getting heard because of this. I swapped it out for a lighter gauge steel E and gigged with this for a few months. It is just too imbalanced. You can hear it sounding like a whoofing box. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWkrOtQR1yQ) So anyway. I've tried a bunch of things ranging from different E strings. Using a steel A as an E. Using steel E and A. Tuning the weedwhackers to A,D,G,C (closest to the sound I want). It looks like I really need to drop money on the recommended Innovation Silver Slaps. I guess they fit the bill. Smooth surface. Lower but not so low tension. Slightly more balanced. Ah well. Best save those pennies! Anyone else have any thoughts?