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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 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Consistent (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Perfect for Rock using a pick.

    I admit, I don't "practice" enough (Learning songs isn't practice IMO).
    But I gig at least two nights a week. I play in a Cleveland Rock band playing all...Read complete review

    I admit, I don't "practice" enough (Learning songs isn't practice IMO).
    But I gig at least two nights a week. I play in a Cleveland Rock band playing all the music people love to hear and that I hate to play. But it is what it is.
    I play a matching pair of Warwick 5 strings through a Markbass rig (On my 2nd MB rig). I play with a pick 9 out of 10 songs.
    I'm blessed to play with some of the strongest guitarist around Cleveland. They seem to like either an ultra strong attack, or a way mellow attack (Nobody seems to be in between that I play with).
    My current guitarist like a "Mellower attack" than what I am known for. The frontman (This is who makes a band an ACT) like the attack. Flats mellowed out my tone to much. The rounds I have played with for years had a strong attack, durable, but VERY hard on my fingers.
    I decided to try these half rounds. TOTALLY KILLER! They still give me the attack, or I can slightly turn my pick and the attack mellows out even more without pick drag (If you know what I mean).
    I do my own setups (And setups for several others). I was concerned about the mounting on the bridge, but after 15-ish gigs, I see no separation whatsoever in the windings (And I play VERY hard, even in pics you can see the string movement after the release).
    If you play with a pick and feel your tone is to bright, but don't want a way "Warm" tone, try a set of half rounds. EASY on the fingers for constant slides, nice warm but still harder attack and appear they will last as long as rounds.

    VS

    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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    5.0

    GREAT string.

    By Milkman

    from Cleveland, OH

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    Verified Buyer

    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.

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    5.0

    Perfect for Rock using a pick.

    By Milkman

    from Cleveland, OH

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

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

      I admit, I don't "practice" enough (Learning songs isn't practice IMO).
      But I gig at least two nights a week. I play in a Cleveland Rock band playing all the music people love to hear and that I hate to play. But it is what it is.
      I play a matching pair of Warwick 5 strings through a Markbass rig (On my 2nd MB rig). I play with a pick 9 out of 10 songs.
      I'm blessed to play with some of the strongest guitarist around Cleveland. They seem to like either an ultra strong attack, or a way mellow attack (Nobody seems to be in between that I play with).
      My current guitarist like a "Mellower attack" than what I am known for. The frontman (This is who makes a band an ACT) like the attack. Flats mellowed out my tone to much. The rounds I have played with for years had a strong attack, durable, but VERY hard on my fingers.
      I decided to try these half rounds. TOTALLY KILLER! They still give me the attack, or I can slightly turn my pick and the attack mellows out even more without pick drag (If you know what I mean).
      I do my own setups (And setups for several others). I was concerned about the mounting on the bridge, but after 15-ish gigs, I see no separation whatsoever in the windings (And I play VERY hard, even in pics you can see the string movement after the release).
      If you play with a pick and feel your tone is to bright, but don't want a way "Warm" tone, try a set of half rounds. EASY on the fingers for constant slides, nice warm but still harder attack and appear they will last as long as rounds.

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      5.0

      Not the rounds you're looking for...

      By JPBourdier

      from Frisco, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I use the Half Rounds on a 5-string Jazz Bass. Their tone is more like a flatwound string: smooth, more low formants and less high overtones. I was frustrated that I couldn't find flats to fit the bridge on my bass - the silk wrappings (e.g. Chromes) were always too fat for the holes. These strings serve the same tonal function as flats (for me) and give a great Jazz Bass tone on the bridge pickup. They aren't true flatwounds so the texture took some getting used to. They feel like they have the same tension as rounds which, in my experience, is less than the tension on flats.

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          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.

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          5.0

          I'm impressed

          By Tallulah's Daddy

          from Portland, OR

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright
          • Good Sustain
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Metal
            • Rock

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

            I was impressed with these strings. I have an Ibanez 5 string fretless bass, and it came with round wound strings on it. I like the feel and smoothness of flatwound strings, but I play in a progressive metal band, and I need bright tone and sustain. These strings gave me the best of both worlds.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good strings, good price

            By Roger

            from South Dakota

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            Verified Buyer

            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.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                great strings

                By KEPHA

                from Alexandria, LA

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                Verified Buyer

                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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                  (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).

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                    (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.

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                    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Disappointing and get what you pay for

                    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.

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