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D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings  

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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.


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D'AddarioECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings
 
4.8

(based on 15 reviews)

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        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!

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          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.

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          (4 of 4 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.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Oh yea...these are thumpers.

                By Mike Ryan

                from South

                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.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Thanks Daddario

                By wshines1892

                from Louisville, KY

                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.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very Nice Indeed

                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.

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                (5 of 5 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

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wow!

                By NoBandBass

                from Gonzales

                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!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                So Smooth!!

                By how low can you go?

                from Durham, NC

                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!

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Solid Flatwounds.

                By Sobriety Saves

                from Greencastle, PA

                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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