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D'Addario Electric Bass Half Round Pure Nickel Soft Long 5-String, .045 - .130, ENR71-5

D'Addario Electric Bass Half Round Pure Nickel Soft Long 5-String, .045 - .130, ENR71-5
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18% Recommend this product (2 of 11 responses)
By Miles
Good fretless flat wound alternative.
February 24, 2021
I’m conflicted when it comes to fretless bass strings. I like smooth feel, but not dead sound. These are a pretty good alternative. The are none too bright sounding, but the feel is excellent. I use them on an MTD Kingston 5 string fretless and they are just long enough.
ConsNot super bright, but ok,
By Leslie J.
Compatible Price And Product Availability
October 2, 2019
I've already submitted an earlier review of the strings I purchased. No changes to my comments.

All good.
By Nelson
Look elsewhere
December 26, 2011
After playing some Fender steel flatwounds, I wanted to try something with a bit more brightness but still has that emphasis on the fundamental. I heard about half-rounds and thought I would give them a try.

The G string is just what I'm looking for, has that "out of box" brightness, and an emphasis on the fundamental. The D and A strings however, have no "out of box" brightness and sound like they're ready to be changed even though ther're brand new. The E and B strings have no overtones whatsoever, and are just thuddy bass notes.

Incredible differences between strings, I don't know where to put these on a 'brightness bar' because there are 3 different tones in the same box!
By Chris
September 16, 2011
I replaced flat wounds with these on my 35 inch scale Mike Lull PJ5. No problem with fit, although the B string is not long enough to be strung through-the-body which is an option. Sound was definitely an improvement over the flats. String tension also was compatible, not requiring any major adjustment. This is a good solution for someone interested in the feel of flats but does not want the pure thumpiness that comes with them. Cut through well. But remember these are definitely not round wound sounding strings and anyone interested that kind of brightness will be disappointed. I never have difficulty with insufficient sustain ever. Indeed, it is too easy to get too much sustain which can kill expression and audibility.
By Sean E.
Half Round Strings
August 8, 2011
Hmm, they're ok. They are actually darker and duller than some flatwounds in my opinion, and the B string is VERY out of balance compared to the others; it's very dark and almost tone-dead compared to the rest of the strings. They also have a lot less sustain than normal round-wounds. Kinda ok, but I'm not going to be re-ordering any.
By Stephen B.
May 30, 2011
I use these strings on my Steinberger and after setting up the bridge to accommodate the string diameters at the saddle they sound great, medium bright with good tension on the 'B' string (no flap) how about making these available for old model double-ball-end Steinbergers or the Honher clones?
By Shane B.
Half Round Bass strings
January 14, 2011
I like the playability and the tone of these strings. I played flatwounds for a long time, but these sound better. There is more presence in fundamentals and overtones which give it more punch, clarity, and ring than flat wounds with almost the same ease on the fingers.
By Steve
Half Rounds
November 28, 2010
Just put a set of these on my MTD 5-string replacing some bright flats. Love the sustain and tone without the round wound noise. Very consistent sound and playability up and down the fingerboard..warm tone and nice feel. I am sold on half rounds!!!
By John
D'Addario Half Rounds
October 22, 2010
I bought these strings for my fretless bass hoping that I would get the even tone, sustain and mwah I need while saving my fingerboard from undo wear. Unfortunately The tone is inconsistent from string to string. The strings have poor sustain. In fact they thud rather than ring out. Using these strings I have to wrestle out mwah and vibrato from a bass that is normally very easy to play with a light touch.

I've learned my lesson, will not buy D'Addario half rounds again.
By John S.
Review: D'Addario Electric Bass Half Round Pure Nickel Soft Long 5-String, .045 - .130, ENR71-5
October 3, 2010
I use these on all my basses. Their consistent feel and warm tone define my signature sounds whether playing my vintage 1966 Hagstrom H2B or my Fender Jaguar
By Keith G.
D'Addario Half Round Strings
September 26, 2009
D'Addario Half Rounds are great strings for fretless bass. They have the same tension as regular round wound strings which is great when you switch from a fretted to a fretless bass duiring a gig. They have the same "Mwah" as flat wounds and fell just as smooth. I highly recommend them.






1st G

Pure Nickel Half Round Wound



2nd D

Pure Nickel Half Round Wound



3rd A

Pure Nickel Half Round Wound



4th E

Pure Nickel Half Round Wound



5th B

Pure Nickel Half Round Wound




"In 1976 D'Addario developed the Half Roundâ grinding process, which made available the "third kind of string." Each Half Roundâ string starts as an oversized precision round wound string and is centerless ground to a smooth, precise final diameter. With a tone between their round wound and flat wound peers, D'Addario Half Roundsâ offer the advantages of a smooth exterior string (reducing finger noise and fret wear) while maintaining some of the brightness of a round wound string."

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