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

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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

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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.


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

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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 22 customers

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5.0

Best Strings Ever

By Willie

from Arkansas

About Me Professional Musician

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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Flatwound

    By Tah

    from Mn

    About Me Professional Musician

    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

       
      1.0

      the G string in the pack was defective

      By Baseman

      from San Diego

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Consistent

        Best Uses

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

          I spent a lot of time figuring out why my bass would not tune. Frustrating to have to drive to a store a pick up one string to replace a defective string bought on-line. Big time killer!

          (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

          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

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Strings

              By Rick

              from Goldsboro

              About Me Experienced

              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.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Cool but dull

                By jaydubya

                from valley view, tx

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

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

                B string broke during installation because string was too long and wrap wasn't strong enough to withstand tightening without failing.

                (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

                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!

                  (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.

                    (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!

                    (6 of 6 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.

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