Today at my local GC, I noticed an used Affinity Tele just sitting there waiting for me and of course had to take it home. My second Affinity Tele, these guitars do not dissappoint. Both wearing 9-42 strings, first tele has 6 month old Earnie Ball which sounds very bright and twangy, the newer tele strings are unknown brand but sounds mellower, fuller. So that said, are there mellower sounding strings in the 5 to 6 dollar range? I'm not looking to pay for coated or flats and want to stay with the 9-42 size.