i always wanted to play bass... i play several other instruments but there is something about bass that plays deep within me... it makes me feel like my hurdy gurdy... you just feel the vibes inside. So i bought an inexpensive Epiphone gs short scale. It has round wrapped strings i do not like the feel of them. I think it keeps me from playing ... i am not gigging and i am 69 yo and retired (ie fixed income). what economy flat strings would you all suggest... i really think the black ones look cool but do they hold up? just want to be ready for that big national break ... LOL i play all genre of music.