I'm a semi-retired pro. I play jazz and blues mostly, but I'm a hired gun so if you'll pay, I'll play. On my 98 Epi LP standard I'm running Ernie Ball 9-42s for brightness. On my 08 Custom I'm using D'Addario NYXL 9-42. I also use the NYXLs on my Gibsons and Rev Willys no. 7s on my Fenders.