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

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 Half Rounds Light Bass Strings
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

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Nothing lasts Forever

If I were playing 200 dates a year like I was back then, I guess I would use them
However if I were you I would seriously consider Tomastiks or something else Read complete review

If I were playing 200 dates a year like I was back then, I guess I would use them
However if I were you I would seriously consider Tomastiks or something else
They sound great for a while but the E string dies after 3 or 4 gigs.
If you are looking for a sting that has the feel of a flatwound but sounds like a roundwound without all the inherent fret noise of rounds then these are for you.
I had to rate them as an 8 since the A-D-G strings had that piano ring to them long after the E-string lost its chime.
These days they are WAY overpriced if they have not resolved the early death of the E-string.
These were the only strings I used in the early to late 80's since I had a very good friend that owned a music store and sold them to me for cost in case lots.
Back then I would have him order a box of E's for every box of full sets since I knew I would be replacing the E after a couple of gigs.
All I can say is I played an extremely long studio date back then and after several hours the recording engineer came to me during a break and asked "what happened to the low end ring that you had earlier---It sounds like you have a tapewound on the E.

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Cool idea, but...

These strings seemed like the compromise between rounds and flats. I don't like the harsh highs of rounds and flats sound too dead. I also wanted a smooth feel. So, I tried a...Read complete review

These strings seemed like the compromise between rounds and flats. I don't like the harsh highs of rounds and flats sound too dead. I also wanted a smooth feel. So, I tried a set. I noticed right away that they were kind of sticky. Once you're moving, you can slide all the way off the fret board, but if you stop, it's like they grab on to your finger. After a few days, I guess the spaces between the ground off windings filled up with my skin and they felt quite a bit better, but that killed the sound. I think I'll just stick with a nickel round wound from now on.

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4.0

Right strings for a fretless conversion

By Litigious Music

from Denver, CO

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

        I recently converted a bass to a Jaco-style fretless, with epoxied fingerboard. These half round strings seem to work well in this setting. They provide reasonable roundwound brightness but give me confidence that they won't chew up the fingerboard.

        My only complaint is that the low E is markedly duller sounding than the others.

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        4.0

        Nothing lasts Forever

        By Duke

        from Athens, Texas

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

        If I were playing 200 dates a year like I was back then, I guess I would use them
        However if I were you I would seriously consider Tomastiks or something else
        They sound great for a while but the E string dies after 3 or 4 gigs.
        If you are looking for a sting that has the feel of a flatwound but sounds like a roundwound without all the inherent fret noise of rounds then these are for you.
        I had to rate them as an 8 since the A-D-G strings had that piano ring to them long after the E-string lost its chime.
        These days they are WAY overpriced if they have not resolved the early death of the E-string.
        These were the only strings I used in the early to late 80's since I had a very good friend that owned a music store and sold them to me for cost in case lots.
        Back then I would have him order a box of E's for every box of full sets since I knew I would be replacing the E after a couple of gigs.
        All I can say is I played an extremely long studio date back then and after several hours the recording engineer came to me during a break and asked "what happened to the low end ring that you had earlier---It sounds like you have a tapewound on the E.

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        2.0

        Awful- feel bad, too sticky and awful to slide

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

        WHile these have an OK sound, and I do mean only OK, they are not the super warm sound as advertised. They are only slightly warmer sounding than true roundwounds at best. But to make matters far worse, they are very sticky feeling when you slide at all, which can throw off groove. Will never do again, back to roundwounds.

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        5.0

        Great Tone

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

        I usually use Ernie Ball roundwounds or DR coated strings. These are my first set of semi-flats. I put them on my Les Paul bass and they sound great! I love the tone they give my bass. I play with the tone knob at 10. The texture took me just a short time to get use to. These are a lot easier on the fingers. 2 of my 3 basses now have D'addairo strings on them. Give these a shot and see what you think!

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        5.0

        Best

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

        Once upon a time, I loved RotoSound strings (I still do), but they price you paid long after you bought them was excess wear and tear on your bass, almost regardless of how or what you played. I've been using D'Addario Half-Rounds for many years, and depending on how you set your V&T controls on both your bass and amp, you can get that "punchy" tone for slapping, or a "flatter" response for practically anything else.I play a Lakland bass through a 100w Fender Bassman, and, for me, the tone I get couldn't be better!

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        5.0

        J-bass and fretless-friendly

        By plankspanker13

        from Tempe, Arizona, USA

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

        These strings have been on my fretless basses in the past, and really helped keep the "mwah" factor going without wearing grooves into the fingerboard. On that basis alone, I would recommend them. Recently I put a set on my G&L JB-2 to tame some of the highs, and have been rewarded with more useful range for my tone knob. I can still dial in a great slap sound, and did not need to mess with the intonation at all (G&L's ship with standard roundwound XL's, with the 100-gauge E, and I used the same gauge of half-rounds). Perhaps best of all, a 6-hour gig won't leave your plucking hand throbbing the next day with these things.

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        5.0

        Wonderful for church

        By Warbler

        from Azalea, OR

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

        I've played bass at my church a few years and love the warm tone with these strings. Although I'm not real experienced I've had better musicians compliment me on the sound of these strings and my Peavey Grind bass. Great combination.

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        5.0

        Best strings EVER

        By PTownsend

        from Lafayette, Georgia

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

        Against the advice of friends, as an experiment, I put these on my acoustic bass, with OUTSTANDING results. I HIGHLY recommend these strings.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best all-around bass strings out there

        By SuperComp

        from Washington, DC

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

        Unless you really need a bright, cutting bass sound 100% of the time, these are about the most versatile bass strings out there. Bump your tone control down a bit and fingerstyle lines are round and warm. Roll the tone back up and use a pick and you've got solid, tight attack with enough mids to cut through the mix without overpowering anything else. You can even slap with them.

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        3.0

        Cool idea, but...

        By Dave-SFZEp

        from Amarillo, TX

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

        These strings seemed like the compromise between rounds and flats. I don't like the harsh highs of rounds and flats sound too dead. I also wanted a smooth feel. So, I tried a set. I noticed right away that they were kind of sticky. Once you're moving, you can slide all the way off the fret board, but if you stop, it's like they grab on to your finger. After a few days, I guess the spaces between the ground off windings filled up with my skin and they felt quite a bit better, but that killed the sound. I think I'll just stick with a nickel round wound from now on.

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