Since i got my RG2228 i have been trying different sets of strings from different company's. When i got it, the strings the guitar came with where quite good. I think its the standard ibanez strings. I guess a 10 to 74 set. Since then i have tried: *GHS: (i tried 2 types, dont remember which on) i didnt like the balance of tension and string thickness. My tone was to focused on the high freq. and resulted in a doll sounding guitar tone. *Earnyball: The slinky and cobalt. Here i got a much better balance from tensions and freq. compared to GHS. I wasn't happy yet, there was still something missing. *DR: 10 to 75. I dont even remember how this one was, i think i swapped it the next day. *D'addario: The XL series, simply put, lifeless. So here is the deal. Quite fast, i think my third time changing strings i got the NYXL 1074 from d'addario. After that set i have tried all the others, i just had to try them out. The NYXl is plm. €24,- and the others around € 12,-. Money isn't an issue but it would have been cool if a cheaper set also would have been as nice. So my findings as i have put them above are collerd because i tried them after i already found my go to set. I really liked the NYXL series and here is why. I get more top freq. as is stated by them. The notes, chords... they pop, sound full and alive. The balance in tension and thickness between strings i have found the best. If you havent tried the NYXL1074 yet, please do!!! It might not be for you but damn it works for me.