I've been using these strings for quite a while and I'm really used to them and their tone by now. The have a full sound, powerful I would say, though they sound great both distorted and clean, provided the right pickups. I also like that the are very gentle on the fingertips, easy to bend and the hold up great in time - not as long as a set of Elixirs, but they sound a bit brighter, clearer and are a lot cheaper. I would recommend these strings for anybody interested in their instrument standing out, both in a band and solo, not just fans of heavy metal. I would not use them for country, funk or stuff requiring more delicate tones though - these strings go well with humbuckers - but that's a thing of taste.