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D'Addario ENR71 Half Rounds Light Bass Strings   

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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 flexibil...Read More

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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
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best all-around bass strings out there

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sticky, sticky. sticky

I bought these on a lark while working on my tone. I was using D'Addario Chromes and I was trying to find strings for my fretless that were brighter in tone and had a...Read complete review

I bought these on a lark while working on my tone. I was using D'Addario Chromes and I was trying to find strings for my fretless that were brighter in tone and had a bit more tension than the flatwounds. I figured these were right in between flats and full rounds, so I decided to give them a try. I put them on, tuned up and noticed immediately the tension was a lot better than my flats. The flats felt rubbery while the halfs were more on the order of full rounds. I was excited to try them until I felt how "sticky" they felt. I read the grinding process creates a smoother string that result in more surface area for your finger to "grab". Slides and vibrato were very difficult due to the drag and after a few minutes of playing, I noticed my finger tips growing sore. This is coming from a 24 year bass player. These strings feel absolutely horrible, by far the worst strings I have ever used. I read that they require a break in period so I will give them a few more weeks. If the strings still feel like they do now, they are coming off and going in the garbage. For now, I wouldn't plan to buy another set of these in the future.

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5.0

It's All Preference

By E.J.

from Atlanta, GA

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Jamming
    • Practicing

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

    I'm an old school 60, 70, and 80's all genre bassist so I tend to hover around flat wounds, black nylon coated and half rounds. With half rounds the brightness does fade but that doesn't bother me because I stay in position and do what a bassist does, "rock it in the pocket!" My rig has enough power to shake the terror dome so bright strings don't wag my tail. Like I said, it's all about preference but if I had to choose....it would be half rounds all day.

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    5.0

    Excellent tone.

    By N

    from Menomonie WI

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Put these on my 2008 fretless Fender Jazz bass. Love-em. Other fretless bass has round wounds. Really like the tone on this bass with these strings!! De-tuned one step just fine.

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        5.0

        Better Than Expected!!

        By NormanR

        from owensboro,ky

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          I'm really going to enjoy these strings great tone, and I especially like the playability in that you don't have the aggravating squeak of the strings as you glide along the fretboard!!! I'll probably use these for quite a while and then maybe even graduate to flatwounds,ha,ha!!!

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          2.0

          Sticky, sticky. sticky

          By Doug S.

          from Abilene, Tx

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          Pros

          • Brighter Sound Than Flats
          • Gentle On A Fretless Boar
          • Gentle On A Fretless Neck
          • Higher Tension Than Flats

          Cons

          • Sticky feel

          Best Uses

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

            I bought these on a lark while working on my tone. I was using D'Addario Chromes and I was trying to find strings for my fretless that were brighter in tone and had a bit more tension than the flatwounds. I figured these were right in between flats and full rounds, so I decided to give them a try. I put them on, tuned up and noticed immediately the tension was a lot better than my flats. The flats felt rubbery while the halfs were more on the order of full rounds. I was excited to try them until I felt how "sticky" they felt. I read the grinding process creates a smoother string that result in more surface area for your finger to "grab". Slides and vibrato were very difficult due to the drag and after a few minutes of playing, I noticed my finger tips growing sore. This is coming from a 24 year bass player. These strings feel absolutely horrible, by far the worst strings I have ever used. I read that they require a break in period so I will give them a few more weeks. If the strings still feel like they do now, they are coming off and going in the garbage. For now, I wouldn't plan to buy another set of these in the future.

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            4.0

            Right strings for a fretless conversion

            By Bennett

            from undisclosed

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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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