D'Addario Chromes, Med or Lights?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by BassBeginer64, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. BassBeginer64

    BassBeginer64 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2018
    Riverside Ca
    Newbie here, going over my used P bass, strings were worthless, and been going nuts on You Tube and decided to with D'Addario Chromes Flat Wound, either lights or meds love to hear your thoughts.

    Thank you .
    Albert Henri likes this.
  2. Custom Lights ECB84 40-60-80-100.

    I personally find the regular lights (ECB81, 45-65-80-100) very uneven in tension with G and D being a little too tense.
    piggywiddle, kreider204 and InnerBass like this.
  3. BassBeginer64

    BassBeginer64 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2018
    Riverside Ca
    That is why I was thinking of the Med Gauges 50-70-85-105.
    Been watching and listening to many vids on this , like these

  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I have no desire to torture myself with strings. The lighter, the better. When I was using Chromes I made up my own sets out of singles using 40, 55, 75 and 95 gauges because this gave me light strings with the most even tension. I always disliked the D string in prepackaged D'addario string sets because they were too tense compared to the others.
  5. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    Yeah... OP, have you ever tried the Chromes ECB82 Medium Gauge 50-70-85-105?

    I used to play Chromes ECB81 Regular Light Gauge 45-65-80-100 on a couple 6 string basses (with 132 low-B and 32 high-C) and later on a couple of 5 string basses. These were very stiff. I could imagine the Medium Gauge would be very torturing, at least for me, to play.

    These days I prefer customize set of Chromes, same as JimmyM, 40-55-75-95 (and add 132 for low-B).
    michael_t likes this.
  6. BLDavis

    BLDavis Master of Snarks. Gold Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    I switched from ECB81 to 84 for the slightly lower tension and more even feel. I can't tell any difference in tone. The D still feels a bit stiffer than the rest but that's the case with most sets I've tried over the years. I notice it when warming up or practicing at home but, in the heat of battle, it's never been an issue.
    michael_t likes this.
  7. br1qbat


    Aug 22, 2017
    Marysville, MI
    I use the mediums. Still not as stiff as most other flats. My go-to strings.
    SmokinJoe992, bluejack, ruju and 2 others like this.
  8. Obviously you haven't tried a lot of the "other flats"... ;)
    Chrisk-K, SasquatchDude and Sithian like this.
  9. To the OP...

    In terms of overall tension and stiffness, the ECB84 set I mentioned earlier (40-60-80-100) would feel more like the D'A EXL165 Nickel Rounds (45-65-85-105), if that helps.
  10. i play mediums. when i made the switch from roundwounds to flatwounds, i also set the bass up with less relief and lower action to compensate for the extra stiffness.
  11. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    FWIW I play 50-105 or 50-110 on all my basses except my Stingray. Rounds or flats. I do have a very heavy right hand and I do prefer the stiffer strings, not really into bending where a lighter more flexible string would help me, I find I can get faster with stiffer strings. To each his own. Good luck in your search, make it fun.
    Rock on.
    funkinbottom likes this.
  12. I have been using the ECB-81 strings for over 3 years and have been very happy with them on my 4, 5 and 8 string bass.:D
  13. br1qbat


    Aug 22, 2017
    Marysville, MI
    Well you've piqued my interest. Educate me on 50-70-85-105 ish flats. I've played chromes so long maybe I'm just blinded. I remember some GHS flats that were in that size range, sounded too 'dead' and stiff as all get out. La Bella deep talkin IIRC also pretty darn stiff. Others escape me.
  14. First, please keep in mind you're talking to a 61-yr-old who's had four trigger release surgeries (two on right hand and two on left) in the last two years. That's why I'm rather fussy about how a set of string feel under the fingers both for fretting and plucking.

    Flatwound sets with manageable tension/stiffness:
    • D'A Chromes ECB84, 40-60-80-100.
    • Fender 9050L/CL, 45-60-80-100 (105).
    • La Bella 760FL, 43-60-82-104.
    • GHS Precision Flats 3025, 45-60-75-95.
    • Sadowsky Black Label Flats Light, 40-60-80-100.
    Flatwound sets I find a little too stiff:
    • D'A ECB81, 45-65-80-100 = 45G and 65G a little too tense.
    • D'A ECB82, 50-70-85-105 = Based on ECB81, I wouldn't even dare try these.
    Just my own personal experience...
    Mili and dralionux like this.
  15. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    I play the mediums. I have no trouble with them, but I play double bass as well so YMMV.
    bluejack and ruju like this.
  16. Chrome super light gauge ECB80XL were always spot on for me.
    Green ring on label.

    I tried the higher gauges and they were too stiff. These are the lightest flats I could find that were still a little stiff without getting into TI flop territory. I do like TI’s for certain things too though.

    These are by far the best flats I’ve owned for 4 string and they siiiiiiiing. The tone and feel are great!
  17. Bodeeni

    Bodeeni Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    I agree, I use this set on several basses and they have a very nice even tension, similar to a medium round set.
    SuperTwin and kreider204 like this.
  18. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    I love Mediums on a Precision, but I do play with a pick a lot. Fingerstyle they'll give your hand a bit of a workout. I have big, strong hands (oo-er!) so it's okay for me. It's better to turn up a little and play lighter.
    ruju likes this.
  19. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
  20. br1qbat


    Aug 22, 2017
    Marysville, MI
    Well. . . Appears we agree lighter gauge flats have less tension than medium gauge. :banghead:When I said that medium chromes are less stiff, I meant in comparison to other sets of flats of the same-ish gauge. :thumbsup:
  21. Primary

    Primary TB Assistant

    Here are some related products that TB members are talking about. Clicking on a product will take you to TB’s partner, Primary, where you can find links to TB discussions about these products.

    Jun 25, 2021

Share This Page