I've been let down time & again by Ernie Ball & Gibson strings. Despite their bona fide attempts to re-approach certain manufacturing procedures, the end product always fall short of the expected standard. Just a fortnight ago, I bought this pack of Gibson strings, telling myself maybe I should give the brand name a chance since they repackaged their goods. As you can see from the presentation above, 3 of the 6 strings were beyond saving. Even the wound 6th fell victim to rust. Usually, wound strings are more resistant to this complication but it seems the Gibson version were manufactured to fail like the rest. Please advise me, dear friends, if Gibson strings were meant to be used immediately upon purchase & not kept for delayed use. If such is the case, I have misgivings about the ones still on display in the stores beyond a month.