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D'Addario Chromes

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by f.c.geil, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    For those of you with Chromes on a P Bass, are the E & A strings supposed to sound like a piano playing the note as written? In other words, there is no meat on them, they sound a little thin, like they're being played an octave above the usual bass range, and the top is very zingy and clanky. Does this go away? The D & G strings sound much more like new flat strings should, at least to my ear, but the others? No. How do you EQ these strings to sound good in a mix, which I hear about Chromes a lot? I play old Country, Motown, Classic Rock, & Blues.

    This is my first set of Chromes, but am a huge flats fan, having played Sadowsky Black Labels, LaBellas, Fenders, Rotosound 77s...
  2. Give em a few weeks, they'll calm down.

    I'm a huge fan of Chromes, but for the first couple of weeks they almost sound like rounds, they're just pretty wild right out of the box.

    In a week or two (depending on how much you play them), they'll settle down into the thump you were expecting.

    I usually run my EQ pretty much flat, with a drop in my highs and a slight drop in lows with a tiny boost to my low mids.
  3. kesh


    Jul 9, 2012
    Brighton, England
    Which set?

    They will settle down, but a .105 on the E and at least an .80 on the A seems necessary to me
  4. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    I have the extra lights: ECB80SL - Super Long .040 - .095.
  5. kesh


    Jul 9, 2012
    Brighton, England
    that'll be the problem
  6. Can you elaborate?
  7. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
  8. BloozBass


    Oct 29, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    I finally, after 3 months of solid playing, gave up on the Chromes. I lost patience waiting for them to sound like flats. Keep in mind, I'm used to playing Roto 77's, so I know what 'live' flats sound like. I switched to the GHS Precision Flats, and am much happier. This is a fairly recent change, so I'm not sure what my long-term feeling is about the GHS, but I wanted something that sounded similar to LaBellas without the price tag for my 6 string. As always YMMV, etc.

    Blooz :bassist:
  9. kesh


    Jul 9, 2012
    Brighton, England
    just what i said in my first post
  10. PBnJBassist


    Mar 8, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Kesh is trying to say the thicker the gauge, the "meatier" the tone (some call it dark or otherwise). Thinner gauges tend to have an issue with sounding... well, thin. Not all the time, but some brands or set of strings sound that way. I, too, use ECB80 set of Chromes and my "E" is the only string that still has that piano chime in it - all the others have been broken in. It might go away and/or it might not. Used the medium gauge Chromes for awhile on my old Squier CV Precision - never a piano chime from them. I can't give you an answer on an EQ other than keep it all flat and work each frequency from there and so on... Also, with the genres that you play, you might just want to use La Bella, GHS, or Sadowsky flats. Chromes are a very special flat that can only get you into ballpark range of the traditional sounding flatwound, but never the EXACT tone.

    Side note: I play blues, classic rock, and Motown stuff as well (no country) and I only take out my Hoppus bass strung with Chromes for the classic and hard rock stuff EQ'd with pumped mids and treble with the horns on. Blues and Motown are reserved strictly for my Hoppus bass strung with GHS flats with reduced treble and flat everything else. From my experience, Motown EQ with Chromes sounds muddy and muffled, at least with my setup.

    EDIT: Forgot to add my setup is pretty basic (crappy) running an Acoustic 200 head into two Acoustic 1x15" cabs and a Hartke Bass Attack preamp. Again, not the greatest setup in the world, but the tone is near roundwound territory with Chromes - but without the grind due to the flat texture. (Adding my gear to my signature now for easier references!)
  11. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    Thanks, PBnJ! That was really helpful information - really, I appreciate you taking the time to answer.

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