Mmk. Here is the short story. I've owned my Ibanez SR506 since April 04. It came with Elixirs, which I loved for the longest time. After about 8 months of solid use, I put on some La Bella Steel's in custom gauges from www.juststrings.com I had a terrible experience with them. I ordered 6 individual strings, only ended up recieving 3. So paid shipping out the behind, and ended up stringing with various mixed brand strings till I ordered another set of Elixirs. I loved the steel tone, so after these Elixirs pooped out on me (broken E and A during a dropping accident), I ordered a set of D'addario ProSteels. I feel in love with the tone yet again... for the first month at least. Then they died. I didn't like the B anyways... a .130 for a B just doesn't work for me. I went back to D'addario Nickel XL's. The tone was fine, but like the other strings, died quickly. I've had 'em on for 3 or 4 months now, and they sound like poop. I like the .135 B though. The Prosteels on my Fender and my fretless died just as fast, which I can only attribute to acid hands... my hands sweat like a 700 lb man in Arizona sunshine. So... what should I do? I loved the Elixir tone, but the price for a 6'er set killed me everytime. Plus the B sucks. Prosteels and Nickel XL's died too fast. Are there any alternatives to a longer lasting string? I wipe them down and clean them everytime I play too. Please, help!