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Old 08-16-2013, 11:37 PM   #1
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Does anyone use Half-Round strings for Metal/Rock?

I've been playing bass for quite a while, and I finally got a new bass. But there was a problem: since it was used, I contacted the store where I bought it and they said that the dude who brought it in had the strings on for SEVEN YEARS. I think it's due time for a string change, and was wondering: Why not use Half-rounds for my newly acquired bass? I mean, if flatwounds are mellow and bassy while roundwounds are bright, why not get the best of both worlds? I'm just asking other opinions just to check that I'm not crazy .

I play everything from Iron Maiden to Death Angel. I'm not looking to "cut through", as I am a guitar player in a band, and not a bass player in a band. I'm really into Steve DiGiorgio's and Bob Daisleys bass tone, if that helps.

Here's a link to the tone I am looking for:

Rainbow-Kill the King

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:47 PM   #2
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Yeah they work fine for any genre. Easier on the fingers too.
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:02 AM   #3
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I tried um a few times. Never kept them
on a bass very long though,

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Old 08-17-2013, 12:27 AM   #4
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For sound, they should be fine. Steve Harris uses flats, so halfs should work fine for Maiden and such.

I''m more of a flat round fan myself--I just never liked the feel of the halfs.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:18 PM   #5
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Ground wound strings can be very nasty on your fingers and frets due to the sharp corners of the wrap. Bare this in mind
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:57 PM   #6
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I have tried half-rounds, or "groundwounds," as they are known. Every set I tried felt sticky, as if they had been coated with adhesive. I gave up on them rather quickly. But if you like them, then there is no reason why they would not work for any genre of music.
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:55 AM   #7
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The thing with groundwounds is that they're seem to be a happy medium on paper but irl they're not.

I wasn't a happy camper with them the last time I experimented with different string construction. They felt like someone applied epoxy on the BEA strings and sand on the DG(C) strings.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:54 AM   #8
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That would be the sharp edges sticking in your fingers.

Lesson of the thread: you're a lot better off with some bright flatwounds. (Nickel or chrome, preferably.)
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:38 AM   #9
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I have the Rotosound pressurewound strings on my P Bass. They give me a very nice warm growl, almost like flats but with a bit more harmonic content. I like 'em.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:19 PM   #10
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I got the half-rounds; they sound great!

But, yes, they seem really sticky. After about a half-hour or so, I get used to them. As for the tone, it's not too bright (which I like), but not to dull. I just turn up the treble slightly to get bite. All in all, awesome purchase. Definitely buying more later!
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