So,.. when I switched from guitar to bass, I checked out who uses what gauges, thinking the famous cats would know best. I found out that most (miller, wooten, berlin, feraud) use .40 on the G, and 100ish on the low E. I had emailed Bill Dickens, and he replied with a list of gauges that he uses, I tried them, and it they were so thin you couldn't believe it!. So then just this week, I went over to fender.com to check specs on the pastorious signature, much heavier. I tried those. What a massive improvement in tone, and with the right hand, I get so much more control, it isn't even funny. I use a ramp, and play much like Matt Garrison, with thumb down, and curling the index, middle and ring fingers. Also the harmonics are much better, stronger. I mean wow, even others in my band noticed immediatly and remarked how much better it sounds with heavier gauges. Intonation is better. I play a soundgear Ibanez 6 string, with a homemade ramp. I mean it's so much better in all ways it's laughable. I do my own fretwork and lowered the action, leveling the frets with the strings on in the playing position, so I can play super fast lines. Even two hand tapping stuff sounds better. fuller, more clear. So,.... the question is: what is the attraction for all these famous cats using such light gauge strings? I mean personnel preference aside, what on gods earth is the attraction? Someone please enlighten me!