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D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings

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Gauges 40-60-75-95.D'Addario XL Chromes Flatwound Bass strings are famed for their smooth feel and great tone. The strings are wound and then polishe...Click To Read More About This Product

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Easy on the fingers.

Gauges 40-60-75-95.

D'Addario XL Chromes Flatwound Bass strings are famed for their smooth feel and great tone. The strings are wound and then polished to produce an incredibly smooth surface.

D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D'Addario has a set of strings that's right for your bass.


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D'AddarioECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Consistent (9)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Concerts (8)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So far...

Maybe the ratings which I gave to the D'Addario ECB80 strings are deflated, but the reason that I would not give a straight 5.0 score is because there just might be a better set...Read complete review

Maybe the ratings which I gave to the D'Addario ECB80 strings are deflated, but the reason that I would not give a straight 5.0 score is because there just might be a better set of flatwound bass strings out there.So far, I haven't found that better set.I've had good results with other flatwound strings until I acquired a Rogue AB-304 acoustic electric bass. Not wishing to use the stock roundwound strings which came with the instrument, I decided on using a set of flatwounds only to discover that the E string wouldn't fit through the bridge. I wasn't going to risk ruining the bridge by trying to drill into the bridge to accomodate the .100 size E string and I didn't want to pay a luthier to work on or replace the bridge.The solution was as simple as a different set of strings with narrower E string.The D'Addario ECB80XL strings, so far, have exceeded the quality of other brands that I've used.

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mellow sound, great feel

they feel great, but are almost too mellow, limited sustain. not great for fast notes-clarity disappears

they feel great, but are almost too mellow, limited sustain. not great for fast notes-clarity disappears

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE WORLD IS DEFINITELY

By Guitardefector

from San Francisco bay area

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Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

I bought these after reading hundreds of rave reviews on Talkbass.com. I put them on my 1989 Peavey Fury, plugged it in and then...SHEER HEAVEN!!!!!You couldn't crowbar me away from that bass all night. Now I'm actually a REAL bassist and not a low-end "guitard" with piano strings. I'm gonna put DA flats on all my basses. My wallet also thanks me since I won't be trashing filthy roundwounds every other week. Keep rockin D'Addario!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"I Love It!"

By Grandpa Joe

from North Aurora, illinois

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

    I love the smooth feel & the brite tone that I get from the strings. Unusual for flat wound bass string.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    So far...

    By Patrick James McKenna

    from St.Marys, GA

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    Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

    Maybe the ratings which I gave to the D'Addario ECB80 strings are deflated, but the reason that I would not give a straight 5.0 score is because there just might be a better set of flatwound bass strings out there.So far, I haven't found that better set.I've had good results with other flatwound strings until I acquired a Rogue AB-304 acoustic electric bass. Not wishing to use the stock roundwound strings which came with the instrument, I decided on using a set of flatwounds only to discover that the E string wouldn't fit through the bridge. I wasn't going to risk ruining the bridge by trying to drill into the bridge to accomodate the .100 size E string and I didn't want to pay a luthier to work on or replace the bridge.The solution was as simple as a different set of strings with narrower E string.The D'Addario ECB80XL strings, so far, have exceeded the quality of other brands that I've used.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    All i will ever buy!!!

    By DOWNLOAD BP

    from arkansas

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    Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

    Im in a cover band we play a little bit of everything. I first bought a set of these for my Fender P i was told they would give me more of a country sound for our country songs. I am on my 8th set and i have them on all 4 of my basses. They are by far the best strings ive ever played and they are all i will ever play.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I will buy these strings again for sure.

    By Bassman

    from Hutchinson, Kansas

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

      I needed to get the buzz out of the instrument and the flat-wounds worked nicely.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      mellow sound, great feel

      By fingas

      from CO

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      Pros

      • Consistent

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

        they feel great, but are almost too mellow, limited sustain. not great for fast notes-clarity disappears

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        flatwounds RULE!

        By Johnny Wardell

        from Charleston, S.C.

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

          these are great strings for a mellow sound, and are easy on your fingers.

           
          5.0

          Took me forever to try flats...

          By TJ

          from Reading, PA

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Smooth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing
            • Studio

            Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

            I was always turned off by flatwounds until I shut up and listened. I was using rounds and half-rounds on my fretless basses for over 30 years, and then just got these a few months ago, WOW, these are better than any half-rounds I ever used! What a difference on my Aria fretless, totally new dynamics that I didn't know were possible. Nothing but compliments on studio and live performances. I'll never use anything else on that bass ever again, and I'm considering using them on one of my fretted basses.

             
            4.0

            sounds good

            By roy

            from 35603

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

              sounds good nice warm tone

               
              5.0

              Awesome Bass Strings

              By JSTJEAN51

              from Greenwood, DE

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

                Smooth and warm sound with nice amout of brightness

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                sound good, play nice...got them pretty quick..

                By chip

                from newmarket,n.h.

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                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

                  play nice

                   
                  5.0

                  Great tone & feel!

                  By J.B.

                  from S.C. Kentucky

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

                      I put these strings on my wife's new bass because she is a beginner and I thought the flat wound & the gauge would work better for her. She really likes them and they have a oodles tone for the type of music that we play.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Value Great Sound, what's not to like

                      By Michael

                      from undisclosed

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                      Comments about ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

                      These strings sounded GREAT, love the smooth feel and soft touch. I purchased this set for a customers Squire fretless J-bass and he also loved the feel and sound of these strings. And, as always Musicians Friend provided super fast (free) shipping and great communication.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great buy

                      By 'ol Roy

                      from Hot Springs, AR.

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                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

                        These stings are really smooth and quit. They have a mellow tone that is not "twangy". Good all around use...

                         
                        5.0

                        Wonderful Feel

                        By Jan

                        from Silver City, NM

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Smooth To Play

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

                          Remembered the flat wound strings I had on my first P-Bass which I bought from Mel Bay in the late '60s. Replaced the round wound strings that were on a pawnshop bass I recently bought with these flat wound. They are so smooth to play and sound great.

                           
                          5.0

                          Just what I needed for the GreatGrandson

                          By bassman39

                          from St. Helens, OR

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                          • Consistent

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

                              They are what I needed for the great-grandson age 8 so he would hurt his little fingers.
                              Thank You

                               
                              5.0

                              ECB80 XL CHROMES FLAT WOUND BASS STRINGS

                              By Russ

                              from Duvall WA.

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tone
                              • Long Life
                              • Strong

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Concerts
                                • Practicing

                                Comments about D'Addario ECB80 XL Chromes Flat Wound Bass Strings:

                                THESE STRINGS ARE EASY ON THE FRETS, THE FRET BOARD AND THE EARS. I JUST LOVE THE WARM SOUND THAT THEY CREATE.

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