Hi gang... I just finished ripping these half grounds off one of my basses. I tried these strings couple of years back and they were covered in yak fat and I swore I never would buy them again. Well, time heals all fools and I bought another set last week to try out again. UGH. These are bass killers! Now, D'Addario makes fine strings and I have used their light gauge set on all my acoustic guitars for at least a hundred years, but the half grounds for bass are atrocious. Thanks to the community ... I feel better. Rock on.