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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 sm... Read More

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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 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

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5.0

Great strings

By LKM

from Colorado

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  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

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    Best Uses

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

      I put these on my jazz bass and I am not only using flatwound bass strings. They sound great and play great.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beyond my expectations

      By Scott

      from Louisville, Kentucky

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

      I recently got an Ibanez Artcore AFB200 hollowbody archtop bass guitar. After I got used to the instrument I decided it was time to put strings on it that would compliment the tones this instrument would make. I had a set of these Chrome Flatrounds put on at the recommendation of the lutherier at GC. These strings have impressed me from the moment I started playing first unplugged -- which gave a real sweet full-bodied mid-tone, then plugged in -- which gave a really alive deep tone, the same full-bodied mid-tone, and a surprisingly bright high-tone. These strings gave me the tonal qualities I expected in all pickup positions and in several plucking positions as well. I believe I have found my go-to bass guitar string set.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Definetly what I was looking for

      By Nick M

      from Wisconsin

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

      I bought these strings for my jazz bass because I wanted to kinda cut off some of the brightness. I'm a fan of more mellow, rolled back bass tone and from my understanding that's what these offered. Well, they certainly do sound mellow and warm as the packaging states, however, they don't cut out the brightness completely, which actually is a good thing if you ask me. Versatility is a plus. The feel is pretty good. When I first tried them out after putting them on the strings were kind of, sticky, I suppose. They kinda had too much friction, so when I slid from one fret to another my finger kinda skidded. BUT, this has somewhat gone away, and it feels better to slide now. I hope this will go away completely, cause its the only flaw I can really think of. It is a little pricey for 4 peaces of metal but they are really nice strings. Try them out if you can!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      VERY NICE!!!

      By James Davis

      from Piedmont, SC

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

      Bought these to go on a US made Peavey Foundation that i just picked up. Great quality and amazing sound right off the bat.

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      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best flats yet

      By David Kirby

      from Nashua, NH

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

      I am mainly a roundwound 5 and 6-string player, but after 25 years I still love the sound of my P-bass with flatwounds. I've tried every brand out there, and Chromes are my favorite. These strings are sweet-sounding with a lot more flexibility than most flats, if you like to bend strings, these are fantastic. The punchy attack is there, but they also have longer sustain and more clarity than other brands. If you want flexible strings with the old-school punch and short sustain, check out GHS Precision Flatwounds, if you want the snappy, percussive "thud" of Motown and Reggae with a stiff, tight feel, the Fender flats are the best. Personally, the Chromes are the best for me as a player who loves both roundwounds and flatwounds.

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Really Good Flats

      By Jude

      from Winchester, VA

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

      I got these to put a little more thump and warmth in my MIM pbass. I tried GHS briteflats before and they were pretty good, but still gave a little too much fret noise and high end for my taste. These play almost silently after they're broken in. They're easy on the fingers(low tension for a flat) and the ears(smooth tone with no shrill highs) and i would highly recommend them.Only downside is the price and that it took me a good two weeks to break them in and get that wooly warm flatwound sound i like.Overal grt flats. I'd also reccomend ernie ball flats and ghs brite flats, but stay away from fender flats(super high tension,low durability)

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      (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Daddario chromes

      By Peaveyman

      from wisconsin

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

      Just switched to flatwounds to see how they play. Very smooth and slide nicely. G strings lacks sustain compared to nickel or steels which is what I heard is normal. Will probably switch back to my old nickel plated strings as they have more punch. I also like the grip of a roundwound string better. The nickels also have a better low end sound to me. The only positive about these strings is the fact you can get a quieter slide> These are good strings if you like flatwounds

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      (9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Strings

      By Chainsawrock

      from Richmond

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

      I bought these a month ago. In the space of that time I've played out, rehearsed regularly, and recorded. I'm very impressed with these strings, but not as impressed as I should be (considering the price tag). Nevertheless, these strings are have a great warm tone that really shined through on my tracks. They still sound great after a month of constant use. While I'm sure you could use these strings for playing in any music genre, I found that the richness of these strings would most likely be better appreciated in Jazz, R&B, and the like.

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      (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A shot of adrenalin for your tired bass

      By SDMF4ever

      from Reynoldsburg, Ohio

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

      I put these flatwounds on my "back-up" Samick 3 weeks ago and was very impressed right off the bat. The strings are "Buttery Smooth" in all fret positions. Belive it or not, it seemed like the action was a little quicker also. I seem to be able to play a little faster and more effortlessly. There is plenty of "Punch" when you want to feed a low, melodic, growling bass line. They also deliver powerful, clear notes when you want to do a little soloing. The tonal range is outstanding. They are also VERY quiet when you record with them. I especially like the fabric grip on the peg end of the strings. No slipping here. By the way. My "back-up" Samick is now my main axe untill I put these flatwounds on my P-bass.

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      (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great flats, lots of thump

      By bryanonbass

      from dover, nj

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

      these d'addario chrome flatwound strings are great. They sound huge and smooth, like flats should. They play effortlessly and are easy on the fingers. Plus the best part is they have tone for days. They are not dead sounding like some other flats out there and these last forever. Im going on 2 years on 1 set of these. I have used these on active and passive basses. I really like them on my p-bass style instruments. They just seem to fit that perfect. I have used these in all types of music settings. Rock, pop, funk, mellow jazz, etc. Highly recommended

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