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D'Addario ENR71 5 Half Rounds Light 5 String Bass Strings 

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Gauges: .045-.065-.080-.100-.130Wound with pure nickel, then precision ground, leaving the outer surface smooth and "semi-flat." They retain the flex...Click To Read More About This Product

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Gauges: .045-.065-.080-.100-.130

Wound with pure nickel, then precision ground, leaving the outer surface smooth and "semi-flat." They retain the flexibility and many of the tonal characteristics of round wound strings. Half Round heat-treating process increases the brightness of the strings. Long scale.


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D'AddarioENR71 5 Half Rounds Light 5 String Bass Strings
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Long life (4)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Strings you will ever buy!!!!

Solid nickel wrap! Reduces fret wear and unwanted fret jangle overtones. Gives you that vintage tone with slightly less output. I play 1-2 gigs a week. Stainless rounds wore into frets badly...Read complete review

Solid nickel wrap! Reduces fret wear and unwanted fret jangle overtones. Gives you that vintage tone with slightly less output. I play 1-2 gigs a week. Stainless rounds wore into frets badly on my passive 5 in 6 months! Put half rounds straight on and 5 years later, fret tops are flat and still narrow. Same set still. Lost 1 A-string and replaced it only. Still have the rest for spares.

These strings feel like a file at first. 6 months later they start to smooth out a bit. Love them so much, I put the same set on the active. I took emery cloth vigorously to them!!! Took off the sharp corners! WOW!!!! So much better that I sanded the ones on the passive, and now that's all I play! I run silicone, ( finger ease ) and it really helps. I play HARD! Lots of slides, pulls, and bends. Silicone is now embedded in the strings and don't need to add it.

Any loss of power is compensated by a 150-buck Dave Eden World Tour Direct Box. This will FIX!!!! any amp, or axe! And take a good setup to a phenomenal level! Works on everything from a mandolin to a bass!!! Best buck and a half you will EVER!!!!!! spend! If you don't like it, I will buy it from you! Every instrument should have it behind it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing and get what you pay for

I love D'Addario's classical guitar strings, but unfortunately these half rounds for bass were disappointing. I found them to be far rougher on my fingers than Elixir rounds.I was expecting the smooth feel of...Read complete review

I love D'Addario's classical guitar strings, but unfortunately these half rounds for bass were disappointing. I found them to be far rougher on my fingers than Elixir rounds.I was expecting the smooth feel of a flat wound but did not get it. Also, with the texture, my fingers would "stick" to the strings and cause further skin wear and also slow down your playing by creating so much additional resistance.

The tone of the strings is quite dead and very one dimensional. While they retain the flexibility and gauge of roundwounds, I couldn't notice any similarity to the sound of actual roundwounds. If you are looking for a nice flatwound feel that retains the sound and pliance of roundwounds without the noise and buzz, save up for thomastiks.

Unfortunately, there are many better options for bass strings than these.

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(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For fretless, these rule

By Goodbye Chester

from Providence, RI

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Comments about D'Addario ENR71 5 Half Rounds Light 5 String Bass Strings:

If you have a fretless 5 and are worried about round wounds digging up your fingerboard but don't want to give up that zing and "mwaah," these are the strings you need to buy. The smooth finish preserves your neck and your fingers, but you have none of the problems with intonation and "thud" to your sound that you get with flats.These D'Addario half rounds are just a great invention. I've tried other brand's half rounds and pressure wounds, blah blah blah, but these remain the best of this type of string. After 30+ years of playing, these remain my go-to strings for my Lakland 55-02 fretless.BTW, if you're looking for a slightly darker tone for a fretted bass and don't want to hassle with the problems inherent in flat wounds, take a gamble on a set of these. I'm guessing that you will not be disappointed.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disappointing and get what you pay for

By Emil Krasich

from USA

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Comments about D'Addario ENR71 5 Half Rounds Light 5 String Bass Strings:

I love D'Addario's classical guitar strings, but unfortunately these half rounds for bass were disappointing. I found them to be far rougher on my fingers than Elixir rounds.I was expecting the smooth feel of a flat wound but did not get it. Also, with the texture, my fingers would "stick" to the strings and cause further skin wear and also slow down your playing by creating so much additional resistance.

The tone of the strings is quite dead and very one dimensional. While they retain the flexibility and gauge of roundwounds, I couldn't notice any similarity to the sound of actual roundwounds. If you are looking for a nice flatwound feel that retains the sound and pliance of roundwounds without the noise and buzz, save up for thomastiks.

Unfortunately, there are many better options for bass strings than these.

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

bass

By old dude

from ft myers fl

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Comments about D'Addario ENR71 5 Half Rounds Light 5 String Bass Strings:

the b string was too short to get on the nut .disappointed. i play a schecter 5 string bass and they didnt work for me,also the e string was a bit short too.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new favorite strings

Comments about D'Addario ENR71 5 Half Rounds Light 5 String Bass Strings:

I'm primarily a guitarist, so heavy round wound bass strings are hard on my hands. These feel great, and I also love the sound. Round-wounds are too twangy on the high strings for me. The half-rounds have a warm tone that still cuts through the mix.
I bought a 5-string set for my 4-string bass, because it was cheaper. Go figure.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good strings, good price

By Roger

from South Dakota

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Pros

  • Bright Tone
  • Good Tone
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Addario ENR71 5 Half Rounds Light 5 String Bass Strings:

      I put these strings on a 5 string fretless bass. the sound is amazing. The problem I have with fretless is that flatwounds sound like mud, but roundwound chew up the fingerboard. I thought I'd give these a try, the sound is great.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Comfortable & Quiet (no string buzz)

      By LowEndRic

      from Southern CA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Minimal string buzz
      • Silky slide
      • Very comfortable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Addario ENR71 5 Half Rounds Light 5 String Bass Strings:

        I was looking to get rid of the string buzz. I knew flat wound would work but was concerned about getting a dull sound. These semi-flat wound are the best compromise. I have no string buzz, the sound is bright enough for me OR I can tweak on the equalizer to get the brightness I need for some sounds. Great strings for my style (not much slap).

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Strings you will ever buy!!!!

        By Albin Gregory

        from Rice Lake, WI.

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Solid Nickel Wrap
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Feel Rough When New

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Last Strings You Will Buy
        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Addario ENR71 5 Half Rounds Light 5 String Bass Strings:

        Solid nickel wrap! Reduces fret wear and unwanted fret jangle overtones. Gives you that vintage tone with slightly less output. I play 1-2 gigs a week. Stainless rounds wore into frets badly on my passive 5 in 6 months! Put half rounds straight on and 5 years later, fret tops are flat and still narrow. Same set still. Lost 1 A-string and replaced it only. Still have the rest for spares.

        These strings feel like a file at first. 6 months later they start to smooth out a bit. Love them so much, I put the same set on the active. I took emery cloth vigorously to them!!! Took off the sharp corners! WOW!!!! So much better that I sanded the ones on the passive, and now that's all I play! I run silicone, ( finger ease ) and it really helps. I play HARD! Lots of slides, pulls, and bends. Silicone is now embedded in the strings and don't need to add it.

        Any loss of power is compensated by a 150-buck Dave Eden World Tour Direct Box. This will FIX!!!! any amp, or axe! And take a good setup to a phenomenal level! Works on everything from a mandolin to a bass!!! Best buck and a half you will EVER!!!!!! spend! If you don't like it, I will buy it from you! Every instrument should have it behind it!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT string.

        By Milkman

        from Cleveland, OH

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Smooth To The Touch
        • Strong

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Rock Bass With A Pick

        Comments about D'Addario ENR71 5 Half Rounds Light 5 String Bass Strings:

        If you gig a lot as a rock bassist who uses a pick a lot, take a good look at these strings if flat rounds sound to "dead" for you. Round wounds tear me up on a weekend of heavy gigging, as I do slides CONSTANTLY. (I play in a gigging rock cover act)
        Check them out. The sound of slightly aged round wounds, feel near that of flat wounds, best of both worlds IMO.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love these strings!

        By Bass Playin' Trucker

        from Hampton, GA

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

        • Not For String Thru Body

        Best Uses

        • 34 Inch Scale
        • Top Load Bridges

        Comments about D'Addario ENR71 5 Half Rounds Light 5 String Bass Strings:

        This is my first set of these on a 5 string. I put these on my Mexican Fender 5 string jazz bass. The round-wounds that were on there were just a little too bright & muddy for my taste. The half-rounds got me the sound/tone I was looking for. They're easy on your fingers too. In my opinion, when only 1 pickup is on there's not as much hum present as with the round-wounds. D'Addario strings are my #1 choice for bass strings. Great value, and worth the little extra cost. I've never had any issues with any D'Addario bass strings. *** A note to those with 35" scale or string thru body basses: get the Super Long Scale for the best fit for your B & E string.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great strings

        By Bonehead

        from Louisiana

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about D'Addario ENR71 5 Half Rounds Light 5 String Bass Strings:

          Had Elixier nano web on my Fender J 5 string but I love these strings; I won't go back.

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