Ok, I'm using roundwonds and get ALOT of finger noise on open strings, but not fretted notes. On both of my basses, so it's not the bass. I want a smooth kinda funky tone, but with bite for metal too. I like to cut through under the mix if you know what I mean . I use 40-130 gauge D'Addarios right now, and I was wondering what halfwound gauage would be similar in tension, or slightly less?