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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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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 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Long life (10)
  • Consistent (9)
  • Well built / quality (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (8)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

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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5.0

Great Feeling Strings

By toxictabasco

from Nevada

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Great Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording

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

    I use these for practice and recording. They feel great, smooth, and the tone is still a little bright being new. But, from what I understand, they will break in and get old school fat and thumpy. Can't wait. This is a huge shift from round wounds for me. Much easier to play, and more forgiving than bright strings. Thus I can get the action low, and still have a clean sound. I'm in no way a bass soloist or virtuoso, and I only do bass to drive the grove of a song. And these strings are ideal for what I do.

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    5.0

    Great Product as are all D'Addarios

    By Cal

    from Washington DC area

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

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

      Put on a Sadowsky P-Bass. The sound is almost identical to my '64 Fender P-Bass. i also use Roundwound D'Addarios on a Modern Jazz bass. I have tried many different mfrs including Rotosound and DR but these are all clearly the best tone, tension and feel for me.

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      5.0

      Works file on acoustic/electrics

      By Neili360

      from Eugene, OR

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I used this set on my Breedlove Atlas fretless, but had to carefully cut back the wrappings at the end. I bought the long scale because of the neck, but maybe I'll try the shorter scale and might not need to to that. Breedlove's E string hole in their pin less bridge is simply too small for the wrappings of these strings to pass through, so I had to open the hole with a file. I talked to Breedlove about this, and they said they would consider widening the holes. In response to "Possum" - I told Breedlove the stings I was having trouble installing in their bridge and they did not mention to me that tension was an issue. They have performed fabulously and sound great. I prefer flats over wound, especially on the fretless where wound strings could also damage the fretboard over time.

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          5.0

          Old school sound and feel with a modern edge.

          By Chris

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

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

          It's been years since I had a set of flats on a bass but when I got a P bass, I decided to go old school and tried these out. Nice bright snap on top that wears into an amazing tone. Amazed at the tonal versatility. Sounds great on jazz standards and aggressive "modern" rock.

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          5.0

          Used 'em for years, like 'em a lot.

          By Mark

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

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

          I have used these for years and like them a lot. If you are looking for a flat-wound sound these should work nicely.

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          5.0

          only strings I use

          By oinkman

          from waco, texas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts

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

            Long lasting, good feel, great tone.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Probably won't buy these again

            By Dan

            from Madison, WI

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Not Consistent
              • Poor Tone Quality

              Best Uses

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

                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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                5.0

                great strings/ long delivery time.

                By phillip

                from undisclosed

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                Verified Buyer

                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!

                    By none

                    from NY

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                      By Zacklur

                      from Miami, 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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