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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Easy on the fingers.

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.


Have you boiled out those old strings three times? It's time to get a new set. Order now and save!

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D'AddarioECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings
 
4.7

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Long life (11)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (9)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (6)

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

 

Probably won't buy these again

This is the second time I've purchased these strings. I found that the E and G string sound dead/completely different compared to the A and D. I know some people would consider this...Read complete review

This is the second time I've purchased these strings. I found that the E and G string sound dead/completely different compared to the A and D. I know some people would consider this a pro, but the strings also have an incredibly high tension; to the point where they're uncomfortable to play for a long period of time. I'm sure my hands would get used to the tension eventually though. Overall, I don't really see myself buying these strings in the future.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thanks Daddario

By wshines1892

from Louisville, KY

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

I bought my first set of flatwound strings for my first bass about a year and a half ago, and I'm still using the same set. Flatwounds just seem to sound better with age. What can I say, Daddario has done it again. I use these strings exclusively on the basses I use for jazz groups and motown covers and they sound great. If you dig in with a pick, you can get even more tones.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

last new strings i will ever try

By GatorMizzou

from Missouri

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

These are amazing, i have tried many different brands of strings on my fretless. including fender, rotosound, GHS, and DR. these strings are by far the best. the sound and feel is so much better. i am happy to say that from now on i will not be buying any other brand for my bass, its the best or nothing. the price is a little bit more than others but its worth every penny

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oh yea...these are thumpers.

By 3rdtimer

from Metro Atlanta

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

I won't use anything else.
If you are looking for a smooth low end sound then these are the ones. Very nice. Try themyou will like them. This is my 3 set.

Well done.
Excellent price.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow!

By NoBandBass

from Gonzales

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

These strings are the best thing that ever happened to my Jazz Bass! I use my plucking finger for dynamics, instead of letting my amp and pedals do all the work, and I tend to play pretty hard on styles that call for it. When these things are played like they're supposed to be played, you can get ANY tone from them. I love them!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good. Not as deep bass as expected

By Free-bass-er

from North Carolina

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

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.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice Indeed

By McMac

from Skagit, WA

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

I liked these strings when I got them but when I changed them out... I loved them! The NEW strings (fenders?) were not as smooth or bright as these at about 8 months. The brightness makes them much more articulate. Less low end, adjust your amp accordingly.Also feel like the 'fastest' flatwounds I've tried. If I get famous and people are throwing $100 sets of strings at me I'll give those a shot but until then I don't think I'll be buying any other strings for my fretless.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Flatwound String Set Ever!!!

By Metal Head-z6Pag

from Federal Way, WA

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

I decided to buy this string set because i already like D'Addario Roundwounds and Half-Rounds. i came to figre out that this flatwound string set is the best one i've ever tried. i have rotosound flatwounds and the tone is good but i wanted regular sized strings though because i string bend alot with some bass solos and doing that is hard on bigger strings. D'Addario came thorugh for me and gave me the right sized strings with the tone i ultimately wanted. I put this set on my B.C. Rich Warlock Bass and it sounds AWESOME!!! it also sounds good on any P-bass or J-Bass. Ultimately, D'Addario has the best string sound and i highly recommend this set to ANY Bassist.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The consistent high praise is earned.

By DanInJax

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.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Strings

    By Old Bass Wizzard

    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Solid Flatwounds.

    By Sobriety Saves

    from Greencastle, PA

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

    I put this on my newley defretted P bass, and it sounds amazing. I even dislike the tone of my p bass, and these flatwounds fixed the whole appreciation for p basses again. The tone is phenominal. Bottom line, if you play the same music as me, you REALLY need these.

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