I was playing a Berg 110/1/SMS which was great for cutting through with my group but was difficult intonation wise. It tended to hang off the end of the neck no matter what I tried. And refacing SS was not worth it. Switched to the D'Addario and have not looked back. Full sound top to bottom and great intonation and response. A bit of brightness still which helps cut through but not brittle. It has changed my playing and calmed the eternal quest for the next best piece -- at least for a while. Would like to hear from other users if they have had a similar experience. Great piece and reasonable price. Consistent finish.