I read through about 50 threads and am more confused than ever. Seems that everybody likes just about every string ever made. Go figure. I realize that string preference is highly subjective. However, I'll ask this anyway. I play a MIA Jazz. Still have the factory strings (.45-.110 niti round wounds, Superbass strings I beleive) I can not stand the harsh sound. I find myself turning down the tone pot more and more. I use a Sansamp DI, EQ the bass up and cut all the presence. I guess I am aiming for a warm sound but not muted. Unfortunalely, cranking down that tone pot is like throwing a blanket over the amp, (15 inch scorpion driver in a TKO 80 cabinet) Reading thru the posts, I've decided that flatwounds may help. I am leaning to the TI jazz flats. Or, I am wondering if the Elixir strings wouldn't eliminate the metal on metal sound that my current strings give. Maybe the gore-tex coating would dampen the fret/finger noise. It's not the right hand that creates the noise, I play very lightly, almost petting the strings. It is the left hand . Any comments?