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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 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (16)
  • Long life (13)
  • Consistent (12)
  • Well built / quality (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (9)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (7)

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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Strings I Ever Played On

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

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

    After I put these on my bass I was shock on how well they played. These strings are now on every bass I have. Great for slapping!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    So Smooth!!

    By how low can you go?

    from Durham, NC

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

    I love these strings. I've played nothing but these for years. I've "turned" at least 2 other players off their beloved strings and now they only use these exclusively. If you haven't tried these, TRY THEM!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Flatwounds on the Market Today

    By Luigi Castagna

    from Swanzey, NH

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

    I've had these bass strings for about two months. They sound very warm and relaxed, but they also have a semi-bright quality to them, which is rare in most flatwound strings nowadays. They sound good for playing classic rock, jazz, blues, hard rock, and metal. I mostly play classic stuff like; Led Zeppelin, Cream, Black Sabbath, and Grateful Dead on these strings. But they do sound good playing all styles of music. These D'Addario Chrome Flatwounds are perfect for slapping and popping and I would assume would be at home in funk and reggae styles. Sound just as good as Rotosound Jazz Flatwounds, which are the standard(since the 1960's) that flatwounds are compared to on electric basses.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Right for me; wrong for my instrument!

    By Possum

    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!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Smooooooth

      By Carvinslinger

      from Moscow, OH

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

      These strings will eliminate string noise even if you slide alot on a fretted bass as I do.They also have a nice smooth tone as well.They give a strong note with a soft top end unlike rounds. I have used a set for about a month and the still feel and play really well. These strings are much smoother than other flat wounds so if that is what you are looking for these are for you. The tone is really the strings best feature and it suits my style better than rounds. Try a set if you havent and it may be your new go to.

       
      4.0

      Good choice in strings, priced well

      By DonP

      from Central Tennessee

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

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

        With hex core, tone is strong and tension is good. They EQ well (especially with subtle overtones), have a light growl or bite at low mid that presents itself well in so many music styles.

         
        5.0

        I like these strings a lot.

        By Mark

        from Ann Arbor

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I have played these strings for about 6 years. I like them a lot - never had any problems. If you like that flat-wound sound, I can recommend these strings. I like flat wounds on my Fender jazz bass. They are easier on the fingers and have more of an upright bass kind of feel (I play a lot of jazz).

             
            5.0

            bass strings

            By ODINWILD

            from MILFORD MA

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            Pros

            • BEEN USING THESE STRINGS FOR MRE THAN 10 YEARS,
            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • EASY ON THE FINGERS FOR HOURS IN STUDIO
              • Practicing

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

              LOVE THE PRICE, CUTS OUT THE MIDDLEMAN WHO DOUBLES THE PRICE. SHIPPED IN 5 DAYS.

               
              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.

                 
                5.0

                Great Product as are all D'Addarios

                By Chris

                from Mid-Atlantic

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                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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