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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 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Long life (5)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (5)
    • Practicing (4)
    • Back-up (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (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

     

    ECB81 XL Flat Wound Bass Strings

    These strings are solid but a little too much tension for finger picking. Feels and sounds good with a plectrum. I prefer the feel of the DR flats but I cant get the 45...Read complete review

    These strings are solid but a little too much tension for finger picking. Feels and sounds good with a plectrum. I prefer the feel of the DR flats but I cant get the 45 to 100 guages.

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    5.0

    Flat is where it's at!

    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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      5.0

      Feel so god on the Jazz bass

      By Shane-hjHu3

      from tennessee

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        These are all my bass needs. After breaking a string i was told would last me years and lasted days, I found these. I am a novice bass player and basically wail on it for fun. These strings are so soft on my hands, take a beating, and sound so smooth. A side effect of these mellow sounding strings, is my poor fretting and horrible slides are a little less noticeable. My bass player buddy says he loves the way a brown bottle slides on em. I hate change, and hopefully these wont require any for a LOOOONG time.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The consistent high praise is earned.

        By LoveMyJC-120

        from North Florida

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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.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          ECB81 XL Flat Wound Bass Strings

          By K-MAN-SON

          from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Long Life

          Cons

          • Too Much Tension

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

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

          These strings are solid but a little too much tension for finger picking. Feels and sounds good with a plectrum. I prefer the feel of the DR flats but I cant get the 45 to 100 guages.

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          (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!

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            (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.

            Comment on this review

            (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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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  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.

                  Comment on this review

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Oh yea...these are thumpers.

                  By 3rdtimer

                  from Metro Atlanta

                  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.

                  Comment on this review

                  (8 of 8 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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                  (3 of 4 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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