Wound with pure nickel, then precision ground, leaving the outer surface smooth and "semi-flat." D'Addario Half Rounds XL bass strings retain the flexibility an... Read More
Wound with pure nickel, then precision ground, leaving the outer surface smooth and "semi-flat." D'Addario Half Rounds XL bass strings 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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I loved the way these felt to play. They are quite easy on the fingers. However, the E-string sounded dull and lifeless, as if it did not belong in the set. It had absolutely no sustain. I won't be buying another set of these.
I may have gotten a bad set, but it will be my last set. I've played bass for about 45 years and have flatwounds on one fender jazz and roundwounds on a fender p bass. I like both types of strings so I thought these would be the best of both worlds. I've taken these halfwounds off my jazz bass after 3 weeks and don't plan to use them again. I felt like my fingers were glued to the strings. It was hard to slide to the next fret. These were nowhere close to the flats and even the roundwounds I replaced them with are easier to play. I may take them back just to see if this is the norm for these strings or if I got a bad set. I hate I spent $30.00 on these.
I have predominantly played roundwound strings, but felt the need to see what else was out there. I have played numerous brands and gauges over the last 20+ years, and recently made my way back to D'Addario. They are sonically more consistent from set to set, and string to string. I have the Chromes Flats on my fretless; just tried the Nylon Tapewounds on my 91 Stingray; and am going to use the XL 5's on my MusicMan 5. That led me to the Half Rounds for my heavily modded 1985 Squier Bullet bass. D'Addario says these strings 'retain the flexibility and many of the tonal characteristics of round wound strings', which is fairly accurate; they are not as tight as flatwounds and to my hands and ears they are intrinsically fall right in beween Flats and Rounds as they were designed to. The feel is nice, but it is the sonic palette that is going to be hard to adjust to. I am just not sure if my style(s) have a niche for the in between; I use flat when I want that sound, and the same for roundwound. Not any fault of the product - just haven't settled on their place for me.
Purchased a set to try to lessen "string squeak" while playing. The "string squeak" is virtually gone and the tone of my Jazz Bass was improved greatly! The tone of these strings is a little darker than round-wound strings but brighter than flat-wound strings. These strings just "took the (harsh) edge off" the treble and made the E and A strings rumble without being too dark. "Hear the music - FEEL THE BASS!"
I couldn't find anyone who carried these strings so I ordered them. The strings are what I expected. I really want to say more about the service. Fast and no problems. I had to order two sets and the 2nd set was here the next day I ordered it. Couldn't ask for better service.
I was using steel rounds. I didn't like the feel of them on my strum fingers and they were a bit too bright for me. These strings are very smooth after you play on them for a couple of hours. It gives me a softer tone too. I'm very new at the bass and these strings help hide how terrible my technique is. Two other bass players have picked up my bass and said "wow, these strings feel nice". One of the guys went out and bought the exact same strings for his bass. I especially recommend these strings if you're a beginner. After an hour of playing on them I noticed how much faster I can strum and fret with the smoother strings.
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