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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.


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D'AddarioECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings
 
4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Long life (9)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), 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

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

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      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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        1.0

        Probably won't buy these again

        By Dan

        from Madison, WI

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        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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            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

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                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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                      5.0

                      Excellent Strings! Never going back to roundwounds...

                      By Sean

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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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                      By Bass Playin' Trucker

                      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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