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ground/pressure/half brands please

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ga_edwards, Jan 4, 2003.

  1. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    Right, it's prob been done to death, but here goes.
    I'm after the roundwound modern fretless sound (a la Pino), but with less finger noise.
    I don't like the Flatwound sound much, too mellow for my liking. I keep hearing about groundwound, pressure wound and halfwound, but I'm having trouble tracking any of these down in good old Blighty (that's the UK). The only ones I've found on the best known strings site (www.stringsdirect.co.uk) are 'Rotosound Stainless Halfround Solo Bass', and 'Picato halfwounds'.
    Are these any good?
    Any other brands/types I should look out for?


    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    I like the Dean Markley Groundwound strings. They feel like a flatwound, but have more of the brightness of a roundwound.:)
  3. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    'K, here goes.

    Half-rounds I'm aware of include:
    -GHS Brite Flats
    -D'Addario Half-rounds
    -Dean Markley Ground Roundwounds
    -Status Graphite half-wound
    There are probably others.

    There are also several pressurewound strings, including the following:
    -Rotosound 55's (you mentioned these)
    -GHS Pressurewound
    -Dean Markley Fretmaster (might be discontinued)
    -Alembic CX-3
    -Ken Smith Compressors
    -SIT Silencers
    Again, there may be others.

    Hope this helps.
  4. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    Should have mentioned. are halfwounds and groundwounds the same thing?
    What are the tonal differences between the different types (ground v pressure [v half?]) ?
  5. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Halfwounds & Groundwounds are the same thing. Pressurewounds are different.

    I couldn't tell you about tonal differences. I ordered a set of D'Addario Halfrounds from strings direct, actually, they've never arrived. I should get back to them about that.
  6. Flatwound did a nice job of listing the different strings. IMHO the SIT silencers are a nice mix of a smoother feeling string with some high end bite. The GHS pressurewounds and Ken Smith Compressors are also nice but lack the high end that you get from the SIT Silencers. However, the SIT's have slightly more finger noise. The SIT's are extremely well made, last a long time and the price is right.