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D'addario Ecb81 Xl Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings

5/5, 5 from 2 reviews
Regular Light Gauge Flatwound Strings
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Recent Reviews

  1. Rod Ajusta
    Great on Ibanez Fretless
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Apr 28, 2020
    Sound:
    4.00/5,
    Build Quality:
    4.00/5,
    Features:
    4.00/5,
    Feel:
    5.00/5,
    Value:
    4.00/5,
    Pros
    • + Smooth feel for fingers
    After purchasing a secondhand Ibanez SoundGear neck through fretless bass I decided to clean it up, set it up and provide it with new strings, even though the feel of the previous ones felt really good.

    I purchased some Steve Harris signature rotosounds -130s, but they required the setup to have a high string clearance and were quiet ‘floppy’.

    I searched around for the string type that the bass came with, using only my knowledge of the colour coded beaded ends as my guide (this was my first bass after many years).

    The D’addario Flatwound 100s are the exact feel I was after, and are currently still on the bass after 6 years and going strong (Note: this is not my main player though).

    The bass also never seems to go out of tune - I would say mainly due to the structure of the bass and it’s neck, but the strings must play a part also.

    I have also put D’addario Flatwounds ie. chromes on a short scale Fender Mustang - Medium length ones required on the short scale when having to string through the body.

    I would purchase the flatwounds again - but I doubt I shall need to on these two basses for a while.

    Cheers
    R A
  2. onda'bass
    D'addario Chromes
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Dec 1, 2019
    Sound:
    5.00/5,
    Build Quality:
    5.00/5,
    Features:
    5.00/5,
    Feel:
    5.00/5,
    Value:
    5.00/5,
    Pros
    • + lifespan,tone,feel
    Cons
    • - break in time
    I went down the rabbit hole with flats and found theses to be my favorite, especially when broken in. I use a balanced tension 130 + 95-40 which avoids the common issue with their sets being unbalanced. They start out bright almost round wound like, but over a month or so they mellow out and leave you with a nice fat sound but more brightness than most flats. They do need to be wiped down with alcohol before install, there is some black residue from polishing that makes them sticky. I have a 5 year old set that just sounds and feel amazing, I hope they never break. The B sting is killer compared to others, not to dark or lacking output. Chromes are the gateway into flats but my favorite overall.
    Price Paid:
    $45
    Chris Szatny likes this.
    1. Chris Szatny
      I concur. I use them on my Fender AM/Pro P bass and they sound great.

Item Details

  1. Guages:
    .45-.65-.80-.100
    Price:
    $40
    Other Specs:
    Tension:
    G- 53.31lbs / 24.18kg
    D- 58.63lbs / 26.59kg
    A- 47.52lbs / 21.56kg
    E- 40.29lbs / 18.28kg
    D'Addario Chromes Bass strings are wound with flattened stainless steel ribbon wire that is polished to an incredibly smooth surface. Delivering a distinctive damped but tone-rich sound that only flat winding can produce, D'Addario Chromes are the world's most popular flat wound strings for electric bass.
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