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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
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Long life (8)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

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

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 bassdad.

        from Florida .

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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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            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 melsean824

                  from Memphis, TN

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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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                    5.0

                    Feel so god on the Jazz bass

                    By ShanesPlanet

                    from Asheville, NC

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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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