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Half Wounds Question (F*** Doing A Search...)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by de la mocha, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    Straight to the point..... I want everything in a nickel set of strings but I want them to feel as smooth as flatwounds. Do half wounds do this or not?
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    straight up.... NO

    I'm a stainless rounds kinda guy forever. But I dig 2 sets of Nickel Groundwounds...

    Most round like in tone yet flat to the touch: D'Addario Half Rounds

    Darker and thumpier with great tone: SIT Powerflats

    if you want D'Addario XL with a flat feel... the Halfrounds are kinda close, but not really.
  3. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    Thanks. By the way, the forum search did nothing for me....
  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    no problem, the search doesn't always find an answer.
  5. I just installed D'Addadrio halfrounds on my PJ bass: I like them. They replaced a nickle round set, same gauge.
    The low E still has growl but is better defined. I really like the string feel -- nice and smooth.
  6. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    i use d'adarrio HR's on my Sterling and I dig em- great silky feel and tone with a nice balance of thump and treble. do they feel exactly like flats? no. but, very nice and about as close as you are going to get. i also use d'addario chromes on my g&l and they are actually a bit more abrasive, for lack of a better word, than the HR's.
  7. etb67

    etb67 Far Out Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    I just put med gauge D'adarrio half rounds on my jazz and I really like them. I'm not a big fan of rounds, but I wanted my jazz to have a little brightness in the tone. These half rounds seem to do a pretty good job of splitting the difference between rounds and flats.
  8. I use the GHS versions (brite flats?) on my Rivoli II and I love them. tubby with a little grit, and no finger squeak.
  9. petch

    petch Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Medina, Ohio
    Another vote for Brite Flats- nice strings.
  10. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
    Try Smith Compessors instead of D'Addario half rounds. They are smoother, brighter, and last longer.
  11. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Yeah on Smith Compressors - or GHS Pressurewounds. If you want the brightest of them get the light gauge ones (which still have plenty of tension since there is more mass there than roundwounds of the same gauge). If you want a little less top get the heavier gauge set - less flexibility, and thus less of the higher overtones.

    These strings feel smooth but have a great tonal range.