The stiffness: the American made strings are generally more stiff under your finger...not those.
These strings are comparable to European manufacturers, which are generally more soft and easy to play (thomastik, optima, dogal etc...). So, please consider this:
010 usa = 009 EU
011 usa = 010 EU
012 usa = 011 EU
and so on....
I suggest some more:
another 2 size box like
14-18-22W-32-40-55 (like thomastik bebop)
Both with coated highs. Cheers!
1) I suggest that JP add 2 extra strings (higher), because they become quickly roasted and black, or coat the last two strings like elixir strings do.
2) They don't tune perfectly using a short scale guitar.
Maybe with a regular scale they work perfectly. Who knows...
1)Sound awesome, 10 bucks is an honest price.
2)They feel great under your fingers, very easy, very soft pressure, nothing to compare with d'addario, labella and other mid-range priced strings.
My preferred strings are:
Thomastik Bebop 0.14 -55
John Pearse jazz 0.12 - 52
They have almost the volume of the acoustic medium/light strings I have always used and they play smoother and easier than even acoustic lights. Also, there is none of the tarnish associated with bronze strings. I now have them on my dreadnoughts and will certainly order more in the future.
I love the versatility of lovely jazz tone coupled with a nice twang if I need it.