semi-flats / half rounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Aussie Player, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Aussie Player

    Aussie Player

    Apr 20, 2011
    Not much interest here on TB but a lot of variations available online. I am using:
    D'Addario Nickel Half Round on 1966 Gibson EB2D
    D'Addario SS Half Rounds 50-105 on 1995 Fender P with SD P+J
    SIT Silencers - Half Rounds on Squier Affinity 5 + Alembic Essence 5
    D'Addario Bronze but changing to SIT Silencers on Fender Kingman ABG
    And have 50-105 Chromes waiting for MIA Precision to arrive.

    The end result is that I the clarity, tone and smoothness to the touch. Am looking forward to trying the Chromes on the MIA Precision.
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains:
    There are many using GHS Brite Flats on here, I have seen a bit of postings on them. Many are also under the impression they are true flatwounds which is false.

    All D'Addario HalfRounds are now with Pure Nickel outer windings. They no longer make Stainless ones...

    SIT Silencers are Pressurewound type Nickel Plated Steel strings while SIT Power Flats are Half-Round type with pure nickel outer windign.
  3. Aussie Player

    Aussie Player

    Apr 20, 2011
    I knew about the SS D'Addario Half Round being discontinued. When I found my P bass in a pawn shop, it was just strung with a new set of SS with the packet still in the case. They sound so good, I can't bring myself to replace them, so I hope they last for years.
  4. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains:
    I am sure they will... I know a few using Brite Flats or Slick Rounds for literally years...
  5. 5StringFool


    Jun 10, 2011
    Greenup, KY
    I like my Silencers, and since I now have three basses (two with flats) I'm actually thinking about pulling the TI's off my Yamaha and trying some half rounds on it since I've never used them before.
  6. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science!

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
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    I have nickel D'Addario half rounds on one of my basses. It took them a little longer to "break in/mellow out", but I really dig them! Unique feel and tone. Pretty cool for pick use where you dont want a lot of 'clickiness'.
  7. Aussie Player

    Aussie Player

    Apr 20, 2011
    When I took the EB rounds off my Alembic Essence 5 and fitted the Silencers which I liked on the Affinity 5, the change made me think I had a mismatch. The next day I made a slight change to the EQ to a smile to drop the mids and now I am completely happy with the sound.

    I bought perhaps 3 packets of strings during my 1st 35 years of playing. Never really knew you had to change them. Over the last 6 years, I have bought perhaps a dozen and started to experiment to unfortunately learn that each instrument is different as are my expectations for each instrument I guess 'cause I have more basses than I ever had before. For most of my time as a bassist, I never had more than 2 at a time and some stayed for many years.
  8. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I was never a fan of half-rounds, and I still don't care for the ground type, but I tried a set of compression-wounds (Ken Smith Compressors) on my fretless Ray about a year ago and I really like them.

    ...never too old to learn something new!
  9. MisterFabulous


    Feb 4, 2010
  10. TomA1234


    Jul 27, 2009
    Fareham, England
    I'm using Picato Stainless half rounds on my fretless. They are the only stainless half rounds I have managed to find so far in the UK.