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Feelings about Flatwound D'Addario Chromes?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Decoyx7, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. I'm thinking about switching from rounds to flats soon...and I'm looking at these D'Addario Chromes for my Ibanez. They're cheap, and I don't think that it'd be a disaster soundwise, but I've never played with them before and I wouldn't know what they'd sound like exactly.

    Essentially...are they good strings? Any problems anyone had with them? If you didn't like them, would you reccomend any other flats?
  2. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Depends on what kind of flat sound you're after, but they're mighty strings.

    Brighter than most flatwounds, and with strong punchy low mids. A bit lighter in tension than usual flats too.
  3. Search....

    Lighter tension? Rutroh.
  4. Nikoubis


    May 3, 2007
    Athens, Greece
    They are good strings. If they are not what you are looking for (they are somewhat aggressive sounding for flats, even after they've mellowed out), there are a few more "flavors" of flats to try: GHS, La Bella, TI, Rotosound...
  5. kraigo


    Jun 21, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    They're OK, but I prefer GHS Precision Flats. I think the GHS are cheaper, too.

  6. Craig_S

    Craig_S Banned

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    Sorry. This isn't true.
  7. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008

    I've found them to be much more akin to rounds than flats - especially the the extra light gauge (40-95). The only other flat I've played that's as low of tension, if not slightly lower, are TI's.
  8. jmbjandfam

    jmbjandfam Supporting Member

    Apr 24, 2011
    Foxfire Village N.C.
    Agreed. I have Chromes on one of my basses and I think they have more tension than others, not less.
  9. Craig_S

    Craig_S Banned

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    I found they hurt my fingers because they were so stiff. I like the way they sound.
  10. Pillgrimm13


    Sep 29, 2009
    queensbury ny
    ive got them on 2 basses and love them, that are bright and have good harmonics like a round wound but have that depth and bassy growl of flatts. they were my first d'adarrios i usually use dr but i really liked these.
  11. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Out of all the flats I've tried, the only ones lower in tension than Daddarios are TI's.
  12. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    "Good" is relative -- some love them, others hate them. I agree that they can't be called "low in tension," but they seem less stiff to me than GHS Brite Flats, and I think they are somewhat less bright than Sadowsky flats, which are now my preferred flats. I had Chromes on my 55-94 but found they worked better on my Lakland JO5 with Fralin single coils.
  13. BrBss

    BrBss Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Albuquerque NM
    I think chromes are a good gateway into flats. If they're too dark for you, go with some halfwounds or compression wounds. If they're too bright, you can go with some more "traditional" flats like LaBellas.
  14. Can these be used to achieve a good slap sound?
  15. Define good slap sound. For a classic, mid rangy slap tone, hells yeah. Shakey Ground by The Temptations is a tune that comes to mind. However, if you want that super scooped tone, they probably aren't for you.
  16. Muckaluck


    Oct 11, 2005
    Whitby, Ontario
    If I could go back 5 years and give myself advise about trying flats for the first time, I would recommend webstrings flats in the medium or heavy guage. These are inexpensive and give an accurate reproduction of the flatwounds of the 50's, 60's and 70's. If you don't like em, then you're out $20.

    My problem with chromes is that they take a while to break in and even after that have less fundamental than a traditional flat. I say go big or go home when switching to flats and if you don't like the webstrings big, thumpy feel and sound, go closer back to the middle ground with chromes.
  17. kasbrey


    Aug 23, 2002
    Northampton UK
  18. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    They sound very close to rounds. If thats what you want then go for them. If you flats that sound like flats then spend a little more and get TI Jazz Flats.
  19. grisezd


    Oct 14, 2009
    I've played rounds for a long time and like the way they sound when well aged (months of playing, in my case). I'd only change them when they were just DEAD. I've got Chromes on 2 basses now and really like them. They sound like the rounds sounded when well broken in and to me seem easier on the fingers. I play mediums on a 32' fretless and 30 in fretted. I had mediums on a 35' fretless 5 and "stiffness" or "perceived tension" wise they were about the same as the previous medium rounds. And instead of too bright for a month, then good for 3-4 months then dead, they sound bright for a few days, great for a year and a half so far.

    There are certainly a lot of other options I haven't tried yet in flats, but I love these.

    Buy them and try 'em. If you don't like them somebody will take them off your hands in the classifieds.
  20. portlandguy


    Feb 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I have been playing with Chromes on my fender jazz bass for about a year (I use to use DR hi beams roundwounds) I like them and do not plan on changing

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