Looking for Coupons?Call us 800-449-9128 Hablamos Español
Accessories Sale -Final Day - 15% off qualifying orders $25 or more
Top Rated
D'Addario Logo
SKU 
100364 000000000

D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge

  • Write a Review

D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Bass Flatwood Strings are in gauges 45-65-80-100-132. These bass guitar strings have a high finish ribbon wound, soft ga...Click To Read More About This Product

In Stock & Ready To Ship

  • Shipping (48 Contiguous U.S. States)
    FREE
  • Your Price :
    $365.00
  Add to Cart
Add to Wish List

Earn up to 288 reward points.

See All D'Addario 5 String Sets for Electric Bass
OVERVIEW

Easy on the fingers.

D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Bass Flatwood Strings are in gauges 45-65-80-100-132. These bass guitar strings have a high finish ribbon wound, soft gauge, and long scale.

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 that's right for you.


Click or call to order.

Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
D'AddarioECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge
 
4.3

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (5)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Long life (3)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Deep, full, low-end - Very Pleased

About 5 months ago, I installed a new set of D'Addario XL Chromes (5 string, regular light gauge - .45 - .132) on a Traben bass with two humbuckers and active electronics....Read complete review

About 5 months ago, I installed a new set of D'Addario XL Chromes (5 string, regular light gauge - .45 - .132) on a Traben bass with two humbuckers and active electronics. These strings have a deep full low-end tone that has adequate punch without being boomy or harsh sounding. On the middle pick-up setting (mix), these strings faithfully articulate the accents and dynamics of rhythmic runs. The tone is also exceptional on the upper registers - ideal for occasional solo work. The warmth and the depth of the instrument really comes out without being muddy or imprecise. Of course, the fact that they are flatwound makes them essentially noiseless (except when using the bridge pick-up setting).

I typically play as part of an ensemble that includes drums, piano, keyboard, and electric & acoustic guitars. The task I have in this setting is to complete the deep low end, support the rhythm, and provide a foundation for the harmony. I have found these strings very well suited for this role, and I'm purchasing another replacement set.

I would highly recommend these strings for anyone looking for this type of sound/application.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

FACTORY SCALE LENGTH PROBLEM

Ordered and received a set a week ago, but the A string was yarn wrapped too far leaving less working string than the normal 34" scale neck allowed. All other strings...Read complete review

Ordered and received a set a week ago, but the A string was yarn wrapped too far leaving less working string than the normal 34" scale neck allowed. All other strings were OK.
Received a replacement set yesterday, and same problem: A string is too short on the usable area. This time I've asked MF to open the set and measure before shipping another replacement.
Sorry, but I'd beware of buying this brand until they get their problem corrected

Reviewed by 23 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Deep, full, low-end - Very Pleased

By Lewis King

from North Carolina

Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

About 5 months ago, I installed a new set of D'Addario XL Chromes (5 string, regular light gauge - .45 - .132) on a Traben bass with two humbuckers and active electronics. These strings have a deep full low-end tone that has adequate punch without being boomy or harsh sounding. On the middle pick-up setting (mix), these strings faithfully articulate the accents and dynamics of rhythmic runs. The tone is also exceptional on the upper registers - ideal for occasional solo work. The warmth and the depth of the instrument really comes out without being muddy or imprecise. Of course, the fact that they are flatwound makes them essentially noiseless (except when using the bridge pick-up setting).

I typically play as part of an ensemble that includes drums, piano, keyboard, and electric & acoustic guitars. The task I have in this setting is to complete the deep low end, support the rhythm, and provide a foundation for the harmony. I have found these strings very well suited for this role, and I'm purchasing another replacement set.

I would highly recommend these strings for anyone looking for this type of sound/application.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Flatwounds vs Roundwounds

By Thump54

from Chicago

See all my reviews

Ask me a question

Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

I purchased a set of the D'Addario ECB81-5 flatwound strings for my Fender American 5-string about a month ago. I do a lot of recording and I am oh so tired of re-doing passages because of unwanted string noise so I tried a set of these strings. Pros: They do take care of the string noise problems and they are easier on the fingers. Cons: They do not sound like a roundwound of course so if you are expecting that they should you will be mistaken. They do produce a lower thicker plunkier sound much like Jamerson's which has been mentioned already so if that is what you like these do that. What I noticed most is the loss of playability which may have come back over time. These are stiff and it is much more difficult to bend these. There was also an obvious tendency in faster passages for notes to drop out in the mix with these strings no matter how articulate you play. I read the reviews before I bought these strings that talk about these strings sustaining well. I didn't get that. While they do sustain some they do not compare in any way to other premium roundwound strings I've used. There is no right or wrong in choosing between flatwounds and roundwounds. It's all in what you like so I'm not bashing these strings but rather just reporting my experience in trying these. I would prefer to live with the string noise now and then for what I sacrificed with the flatwounds.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

1st time flat user

By charles driver

from Paducah, Kentucky

Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

I've been playing round wounds for over 30yrs. These are my first set of flats. The tone is still very bright with the tone control dialed. Back off the treble, and you have the old school thump and warmth. The light gauge makes it possible to do some string bending while the flat winding allows for very quiet low action. The only down side is that I had to string through the bridge instead of through the body to avoid the silk windings from laying over the nut of my 34" scale bass. The long scale length should be another inch longer for my bass. I've read other reviews that say the same. Overall, I am pleased with the tone and look forward to doing a recording session in the near future.
I consider the price a good value compared the other brands I researched. Flats should last a long time. Many say that the older they get, the better!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SuperBass!! Sounds!!

By Lester(Lammy)Johnson

from Indianapolis,Indiana

See all my reviews

Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

If you are tired of thin sound and want more depth to your sound, then consider these strings. Do not pass these up, they are very PHAT sounding. Lively in high,s but dry and detailed, very Jamerson-esqe! The string tension is not as high as Labella flats or Fender flats, Serious Vintage Tone! Good sustain and Thump! Bass tool of the pro,s!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

FACTORY SCALE LENGTH PROBLEM

By '64 Jazz

from S of Canada, N of Nebraska

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Ask me a question

Pros

    Cons

    • Packagingfactory Error

    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

      Ordered and received a set a week ago, but the A string was yarn wrapped too far leaving less working string than the normal 34" scale neck allowed. All other strings were OK.
      Received a replacement set yesterday, and same problem: A string is too short on the usable area. This time I've asked MF to open the set and measure before shipping another replacement.
      Sorry, but I'd beware of buying this brand until they get their problem corrected

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Like playing silk...

      By BuenoCabra

      from Memphis, TN

      Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

      These strings are amazing. They have the richest, warmest tone I've ever heard for an electric bass. They're also the most comfortable strings you could ever play, like playing silk. Slides are a breeze, and finger noise is minimal, even for an amateur like me. I've had these for several months, and they have yet to lose their awesome tone. I'll buy these again and again, they're worth every penny.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Smooth Bass

      By Dark Highway Music Productions

      from Rochester, NY

      Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

      I bought these strings to help me eliminate string noise. I do a lot of recording and don't like string noise when it comes to bass. It took me a few days to get used to the texture but once the strings settled they became amazing! Thick full smooth bass with an ocean of depth...and with a dash of chorus they can not be beat! I am not a pro bass player by any means (guitar player here) but I know what kind of bass tone will put a smile on my face and these strings nailed it!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Strings Excellent Value

      By HighPriest of Bass

      from D/FW Texas

      Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

      After trying many different brands of round wounds, I've been a long time DR Hi-Beams, Fat-Beams and Sun-Beams user/fan for different basses but, not so much now. Maybe, this Squire Jazz 5 w/Lindy Fralin pick-ups is just picky? But, these sound absolutely Amazing! Smooth, Phat & Deep with good clarity and great tone! I think Jamerson also! And, I love that thick, classic vintage sound. These are going to stay on this bass and, I'll just need to save up to get a Sadowsky to put some round-wounds on but, I might fall deeply in love till then. I've had a MIA 4-string Fender Jazz w/Fender Custom Shop 60's p/u's that sounded great with GHS Precision Flatwounds that sounded great together years back but, that great bass has nothing on these AMAZING, SMOOTH, RICH and, DEEP sounding Flatwound Strings! We'll see how they last. If it's at least 3-4 months I'll be very happy.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Strings

      By Rick

      from Goldsboro

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

        They have a great sound expecially for flatwounds. With tone adjustment you can use these strings for about anything. Zero fret and finger wear. Last forever. FYI: On a Yahama 34" scale bass with bridge mount the length is perfect. On a 35" scale Schecter Diamond 5 with string through the length doesn't come close. Have to use the SL version.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My Strings of Choice

        By DAVID SHEETS

        from The Deep South

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Finally In 56 Strings

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Easy On Fingers

          Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

          Years ago, I had to buy two sets of 4 Bass strings and hand select the strings from regular and light gauge for my 5/6 string Basses. It is nearly the same price, but professional string manufacturers are far more capable of selecting the proper strings to be strung!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best strings ever!

          By KC-An6lT

          from Bakersfield, California

          See all my reviews

          Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

          These strings are great! i was a bit worried at first that they wouldnt have the trebel of roundwounds... but they sound great, they have the jaco growling sound whe played near the bridge. theyre super smooth and great for sliding and easy on the fretboard for all the fretless players.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Flat = Phat Sound

          By JDrag0n

          from Winchester, VA

          See all my reviews

          Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

          This strings are amaising. The chromes are better than any flatwound outthere. Easy to play. Long life. Hard to break. These are thick so many players will have to re-intonate and perhaps file nut to get a nice fit. See you local Guru if you dont know what I just said! I can not believe more people don't play them. The have a very warm rich sound with just enough highs. Great for finger players and slap players. Perfect complement to any tub head! **A must Try** for those looking for a nice new sound

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AMAZING!

          By Matt Jensen

          from Fredonia, New York

          See all my reviews

          Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

          these came on my 5 string Austin Custom Eclipse i've had it for well over a year now and these strings have taken the abuse i've geven them...no other strings have or at least on my old 4 string they never did....get these wheather your serious or not you wont have to buy these a million times in your bassing career!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A year and still going...

          By Myoggie-jdMsD

          from Camarillo, CA

          See all my reviews

          Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

          These are the best flatwounds I've ever used. I use mine on my 5 string MM Bongo and the depth and range of tone is incredible. I'm not a big slapper, so it doesn't matter to me about losing the "twang" from the strings. Frankly, these strings make your bass sound like a bass. Plus our worship drummer thinks my bass is the best he's ever heard/played. That says a lot since he lives with bass player of his other band. Some of that credit goes to the strings.I've had these on my Bongo for over a year now and they still sound great (playing with clean hands and cleaning your strings helps. Never put your bass away "wet".) By now my Rotosound, Steve Harris, Monel flatwounds will have either broken at least one string (usually A) or lose their luster. But I have to admit, on my 4 string Sting-Ray they sound awesome. Anyway the D'Addario Chromes are the best flats available, period.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best sound yet !!!

          By The Rev!

          from Penna.

          Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

          I've been playing for awhile now and I was always using round wound strings. Then I read some other reveiws on flat round and bought these strings by chance because they were the only flats were avail. I love em'! They play great and are smooth as silk, they give great highs and really deep bottoms. I recomend them big time!!!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Flatwound

          By Tah

          from Mn

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

            Used on Yamaha trb 5 string sound great very happy

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Very expensive strings in the long run.

            By NoHappyCamper.

            from Boston, MA

            Pros

            • Consistent

            Cons

            • Breaks Easy

            Best Uses

              Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

              I got a 5 string set. When installing the B string, it broke. The other 4 went into the trash.

              I will stick with the Tomastiks. In the long run they are very very inexpensive. My old Guild Pilot 5 string bass is going on 7 years with a set of tomastik.

              One star is a bit much to give.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great sound, smooth playing.

              By guitarguitarfred

              from Wisconsin

              Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

              The flatwound strings are much easier on the fingers & eliminate string noise from slides & hand movement. The sound is mellow with good resonance.

               
              5.0

              I have bought these before and will buy them again!!

              By rattman

              from Daniels,WV

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

                Used in Church and Concerts.. I love these strings.. Everything I wanted and expected!!

                Service and delivery comments:

                My delivery was delayed!! I do not like UPS delivery service!!! This is the second time this has happened!!

                 
                5.0

                Best Strings Ever

                By Willie

                from Prairie Grove, AR

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy on the fingers
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge:

                  I have played bass for 45 years. I have been using flat wound strings for over 30 years. Started playing 5 string bass in Church and also with a small Gospel group 6 years ago. This is only the third set of strings I have had to put on my guitar. I won't play anything else.

                  Displaying reviews 1-20

                  Back to top

                  Previous | Next »

                  You are changing the Ship-To country.

                  Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.