I recently got an EBMM SR5 which is much better, but before that, I was using an IBanez BTB. I believe it to be a BTB445 from 2003, but regardless, it has the old Ibanez pickups in it before they switched to Bartolini. Anyways, it's always had a really dull sound. At best it had a nice mid range growl, but that went fast as the strings died. I switched from the Ernie Ball Slinky's to the D'Addario Xl, and while they're zingy for a couple days, after that they're even worse than the Slinky's. Really dull. If I try, I can get some really high treble range out of them, and if I really push the high mids, it sort of gets a warm sound, but nowhere close to where I wanted it to be. Since it seems to be centered around the lower range already, I was wondering if a string around that range would help help it achieve "its tone". Flatwounds or Fatbeams or something like that. If I can get my Cubase running, I'll take a soundclip of it later.