I love the packaging the Ernie Balls come in. Bright shiny new looking strings straight from the desert. The strings feel softer and easier to bend than other brands too. Daddarios have too much tension and feel bitey on my fingers. Fenders are good, close second. I like teh bullets. Gibsons are also nice. I have the Les Paul set on my American Deluxe Strat and it really sounds good, especially the low E for some reason. I think they have a lot of iron in them. They're not the easiest to bend but they seem consistent string to string.