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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

Available 03-01-2017

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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 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Long life (11)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (9)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (6)

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

bass strings

By ODINWILD

from MILFORD MA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

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

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      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.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

             
            5.0

            Old school sound and feel with a modern edge.

            By Chris

            from undisclosed

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            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.

             
            5.0

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

            By Mark

            from undisclosed

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            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.

             
            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.

              (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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              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.

                   
                  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

                       
                      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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