You missed one of the best brands of guitar strings that is available today! CURT MANGAN Strings. Curt Mangan is a former employee of Ernie Ball Strings who started his own factory in Cortez, Colorado. I think that Mangan strings are plain and simple the best strings I have ever put on my guitar. Mangan doesn't sell through the big-box music stores - he has a selected large network of small music stores of the mom-and-pop variety. The strings themselves are superb. They will last as much as twice the length of the established brands and even when Mangan Strings are old, they don't go dead, they just change their tone some and never in an unpleasant way. And Mangan Strings are amazingly consistent from set to set - I know exactly what the strings will sound like when they are new (and pretty much through the life of the string). They are not cheap but the long life and real consistency are the hallmarks I want in the strings I use and Curt Mangan Strings have those characteristics by the carload. And they sound fantastic!
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