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D'Addario ECB81M Chromes Flat Wound Electric Bass Strings Light Medium Scale

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D'Addario ECB81M Chromes Regular Light Medium Scale Electric Bass Strings are famed for their smooth feel and warm, mellow tone. The strings are wound using an outer flattened, "ribbon" wire which is ... Read More

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D'Addario ECB81M Chromes Regular Light Medium Scale Electric Bass Strings are famed for their smooth feel and warm, mellow tone. The strings are wound using an outer flattened, "ribbon" wire which is then polished to a smooth finish. Chromes deliver a deep, rich low-end tone that's ideal for jazz and R&B, but also has applications in contemporary pop music.

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Perfectly Fab for Hofner!

By william

from Huntington, NY

When I purchased a Hofner violin bass from GC, I asked my well-respected tech in Commack to recommend a good flat wound, since my new retro bass deserved a retro string for that natural wood sound. He immediately recommended these D'Addario Chromes. The string is perfect for the Hofner because it's high quality and is the right guage and length for my bass. At first I thought the price was expensive but then I realized a great string like this would enhance the quality of the instrument. Since the GC price on the bass was good, I sprung for the strings and am glad I did. The strings are definitely as advertised...easy on the fingers and they play very smooth, giving a warm but lively sound. Play around with your instrument, amp, and/or bass box settings to give some brightness to this warm string. Sure you can get less expensive strings, but in the case of these D'Addarios, springing for something special is worth it.

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Do your bass a favor!

By Pete

from Atlanta, GA

I have been playing on my starter bass for about two years, and since I can't afford a new bass right now, I decided to try flatwounds to refine my sound. Everything I have heard about them is true! I've been playing on these for a week now, and they have held their tune very well! The E and A strings sound particularly good--the perfect upright bass sound I was going for. They are not the most "outspoken" set of strings, but you can FEEL the notes raging through your body when you play. The strings are perfectly smooth--I love them! My only gripe with this set of strings would be the treble. Though the bottom-end is solid, note on the lower twelve frets, particularly on the G string are a little too thin for my liking. The strings are also a little bit stiffer than my last set (though the gauge is higher), but I am quickly getting used to it. I have no regrets about getting these strings! They sound and feel perfect to both my hands and ears, and I can proudly say that I play D'Addario strings. If you are skeptical about experimenting with you bass, don't be! I had started to loathe my bass, now I barely recognize her!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Best Flatwounds ever!!!

By Bernd Wronowski

from West Palm Beach,Florida

I think these are the best sounding Strings for my Fender P-bass,nice mellow tone for motown,R&B,Jazz and Funk. If you are looking for the old vintage Sound,these are the Strings for you. I highly recommend these strings for anyone looking for a new twist on sound. Pure pleasure!

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Excellent Flatwound strings.

By Ian

from Columbus, OH

These strings met and went beyond my expectations. They give my Ibanez a very rich, dark, and resonant tone which is absolutely great for my situation. I'd recommend them for any genre bassist. The only issue I had was with with the G string, it didn't quite fit into the nut, but all I had to do was shave a little bit off the slot.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


GOOD GRAVY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Fenderlover-J-78

from Bethlehem, Georgia

I have a Squier Vintage Jazz Bass, and although it's an awesome instrument (probably one of the best I've ever played, even better than some American Fenders), it was still missing something that I have tried to figure out for 5 months, and have tried to find by changing settings, lowering the bridge saddles, everything. These strings are what I've been missing. They provide me with the cleanliness, depth, and percussiveness that you find with the best funk/jazz sounds, and the flat out rattley punch that one hears in prog rock. (RUSH RULES!!) I didn't expect such an incredible sound (not just mellowness or smoothness added to my bass, but an absolutely perfect redefinition of the prog sound I've worked so hard to create) to come from a set of flatwounds! Now, I'm never using anything else!

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