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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best all-around bass strings out there

By Hot to trot

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good compromise

By Chuck

from MT

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Smooth playing

Cons

  • A bit on the dull side

Best Uses

  • Backup

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

I tried these strings (after many styles of rounds and flats) a few months ago, on both my Fender American Special P and Jazz fretted basses. I would opine that they are closer in response to flatwounds rather than roundwounds on both basses, but for my needs this sound fits the bill most of the time, especially if not slapping or using a pick. Not anywhere near the punch or twang as rounds for hard bass lines, but they do have a very appropriate, mellow "thunk" for lighter grooves, without being as soft as flats. Some folks have mentioned the stickiness at first - I did too - but I sprayed a tiny bit of silicone lube on a cloth and very lightly wiped the strings after the first week, and now they slide very smoothly and quietly. Overall a good compromise string.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not rounds - Not flats

By Basses & Bulldogs

from Caledonia, Wisc. USA

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Less fretboard wear on fretless basses

Cons

  • Added friction to fingers

Best Uses

  • Fretless basses

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

These half round strings were purchased to be installed on a fretless 4 string bass that I worked on. The bass had some on it when I received it. These strings will feel quite different to most players if never used before. They tend to have a different drag/friction to them when more pressure is applied to the fretboard. They were installed to save the older rosewood fretboard. I happen to own 2 fretless J basses and I prefer ebony boards and round wounds on mine. I guess they will not sound like round wounds or feel like flat wounds. A good bass string but may not be for everyone.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent tone.

By N

from Menomonie WI

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  • 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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Right strings for a fretless conversion

        By Ben

        from Denver

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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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nothing lasts Forever

        By Duke

        from Athens, Texas

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        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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        J-bass and fretless-friendly

        By plankspanker13

        from Tempe, Arizona, USA

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        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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best

        By musicmaven

        from Hilliard, OH

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        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!

         
        4.0

        Great for fretless bass.

        By H. Munster

        from Mockingbird Heights, IL

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Semiflat wound, rollerwound, taper wound, different companies have different names. I usually prefer GHS pressure wound, but they are impossible to find. Settled for these, but they are very good.

             
            5.0

            Bass strings

            By Tim

            from Mn

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

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

              Great strings

               
              5.0

              The In-Between-Strings

              By New to MIDI

              from Las Vegas, NV

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Any use
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

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

              I wanted a string that wouldn't have all the scratchy noise of round wound strings, but, with a livelier sound than flat wound. These half round strings fit the bill.

               
              5.0

              Great strings

              By Brook

              from New York

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

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

                Great

                 
                4.0

                OK... uneven response, not what I remembered

                By Kirk

                from Prescott AZ

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Not Consistent

                  Best Uses

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

                    I have used Daddario half rounds in the past for fretless electric bass and was pleased, so I ordered a new set for my Yamaha fretless I just bought. Other reviewers mention the dead sounding low E string, and YUP, there it is. D and A strings are nice and bright with that wonderful piano like PING but low E and high G are lacking. Low E is thunky and dull. High G string sounds kinda weak volume-wise, even after adjusting the p-bass style pickup (I am an old guitar repairman, so I understand setups). I do like the feel of the half rounds, but the unevenness in tone and volume is a deal-breaker. I just ordered some DR round wounds, I have read that the DR sunbeams are the ticket for fretless, so we will see. I struggled between 3 and 4 stars: I am a long-time Daddario user, so they get 4 stars just for being a good company.

                     
                    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.

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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.

                         
                        5.0

                        Wonderful for church

                        By Warbler

                        from Azalea, OR

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                        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.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Tone

                        By The Bass Playin' Trucker

                        from Hanpton, GA

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                        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!

                         
                        2.0

                        Awful- feel bad, too sticky and awful to slide

                        By MarkHarclerode

                        from Atlanta, GA

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                        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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