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D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings   

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Gauges: .45-.65-.80-.100.D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass strings are famed for their smooth feel and great tone. The strings are wound and ...Read More

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Gauges: .45-.65-.80-.100.

D'Addario ECB81 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'AddarioECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Long life (7)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good. Not as deep bass as expected

I'm a bit clumsy with my fretting hand and tend to make too much sliding noise on wire wounds. I got these and strung them on my Fernandes P-bass clone. So far, the...Read complete review

I'm a bit clumsy with my fretting hand and tend to make too much sliding noise on wire wounds. I got these and strung them on my Fernandes P-bass clone. So far, the noise has dropped quite a bit and slides are much smoother. I was hoping to get more of a fat or lower end sound. They deliver on that, but since they're still new, they produce some nice brightness overtones [this *should* subside with use]. Though the same string gages as the original wire wounds I had on the bass, these must require more tension since the neck has flexed some. I'll need to do a slight truss rod adjustment. Also, after a week of installation and not that much use, the strings are still stretching some since I'm still having to tighten them to keep them tuned each day. Overall - not bad. Hopefully they'll stabilize soon.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

ECB81 XL Flat Wound Bass Strings

These strings are solid but a little too much tension for finger picking. Feels and sounds good with a plectrum. I prefer the feel of the DR flats but I cant get the 45...Read complete review

These strings are solid but a little too much tension for finger picking. Feels and sounds good with a plectrum. I prefer the feel of the DR flats but I cant get the 45 to 100 guages.

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5.0

great strings/ long delivery time.

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from Florida

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings:

      no problem with the strings

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      5.0

      Filled the bill perfectly!

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      from NY

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      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording

        Comments about D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings:

        Threw these on my old Gretsch "Monkees" bass. Exactly the sound I was looking for, and @ a great price!

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        5.0

        Great improvement to my J-Bass

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        from Miami Beach, FL

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        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easy To Play
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings:

            I put these flatwound chromes on my Sandberg California TT4 (J-bass), which was sounding too bright to me. These strings warmed the tone up just enough to give me the sound I was looking for. On top of that, they are super-comfortable to play and nice and quiet on slides. I also found that they still work just fine for some basic slap and pop, which is not my usual style, but something I occasionally use for interest. Have gotten great feedback from my bandmates.

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            5.0

            Excellent Strings! Never going back to roundwounds...

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            from Memphis, TN

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing
            • Worship Service

            Comments about D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings:

            I have been searching for the right string for me. One that's not "tingy", yet will not "muttle" out either. Then I was introduced to these strings and all I can say is, "WOW!" So much beautiful low end warmth. I had to do some minor EQ settings (back off the bass from 5 to 3.5 and tweak the mids and treble just a tad), but other than that sound is GREAT!
            I love the feel of these strings too. Very nice for slides and just a much better overall feel. I am sold now and will continue to buy Chromes.

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            5.0

            Flat is where it's at!

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            from Hampton, GA

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            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Look good
            • Smooth Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Recording

              Comments about D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings:

              For 5+ years, I only use D'Addario strings. I put these on my American G&L SB-2 because the pickups are really hot & there's no tone control. The roundwounds that came on it were too metallic sounding & bright for my taste. These flatwounds are perfect for me! I've got the sound I was hoping for. They are so easy on my fingers too. I've had flatwounds by another manufacturer that get sticky after you play them for a bit. These do NOT do that. Worth every penny. 2 of my 3 basses have D'Addario flats on them. (The other bass has D'Addario half-rounds) Give these a try!

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              5.0

              Feel so god on the Jazz bass

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              from Asheville, nc

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings:

                These are all my bass needs. After breaking a string i was told would last me years and lasted days, I found these. I am a novice bass player and basically wail on it for fun. These strings are so soft on my hands, take a beating, and sound so smooth. A side effect of these mellow sounding strings, is my poor fretting and horrible slides are a little less noticeable. My bass player buddy says he loves the way a brown bottle slides on em. I hate change, and hopefully these wont require any for a LOOOONG time.

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                5.0

                The consistent high praise is earned.

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                from Jacksonville, FL

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Real Bass Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings:

                  I was hesitant to try the Chromes because some Fender flatwounds I bought many years ago were unbendable and put too much pressure on the neck of my bass. There were so many positive reviews and testimonials that I figured I should give them a try. I'm glad I did. On my P-Bass the Chromes offer the fat low-end of roundswounds with the tone turned way down, but still retain presence. There is less string rattle on the frets and you CAN indeed use these for excellent slap-bass tone. I have become another Chromes devotee and recommend that you try them.

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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  ECB81 XL Flat Wound Bass Strings

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                  from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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                  Pros

                  • Long Life

                  Cons

                  • Too Much Tension

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings:

                  These strings are solid but a little too much tension for finger picking. Feels and sounds good with a plectrum. I prefer the feel of the DR flats but I cant get the 45 to 100 guages.

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Right for me; wrong for my instrument!

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                  from East Tennessee

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings:

                    I bought these strings for my new Breedlove acoustic/electric bass. I love the feel of flat wound strings because they are more like what I use on my acoustic up-right. The sound is more like the up-right as well. When I found the "E" string wouldn't fit through my bridge, I contacted Breedlove and found they are not to be used on that bass. The tension is too great and could well displace the bridge. I quickly removed them, but since they had already been trimmed for the Breedlove, they wouldn't fit my P-bass, so I guess I made a costly mistake! I have used the intermediate version of this string on another acoustic/electric and I love them. You live and learn!

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Strings

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                    from Bellefonte, PA.

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Smooth
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Jams And Gigs
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings:

                    Chromes are the only strings I use on my basses. Great tone and smooth finish. My favorite flat wounds.

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