D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Guitar Strings


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D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Guitar Strings

Like D’Addario’s other strings, the ECB1 XL Chromes set is made in the U.S.A. While the U.S. doesn’t have a monopoly on making quality pieces of gear, strings made in countries with higher labor standards generally have a higher degree of quality control.

The EXB81 XL set is a flatwound set, so it’s going to have a warm and full tone. This is great for vintage genres and more laid-back genres, because it makes you bass blend into the mix instead of cut through it.

The set is also of a light enough gauge to facilitate fast and melodic bass passages, though these strings will be a bit harder to play than light gauge strings.


  • Gauge: Light (.045 - .100)
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Coated: No

These strings are also long enough to fit long scale bass guitars, fitting on basses with a scale length up to 36 ¼ inches. If your bass isn’t quite that long, you can just cut off the remaining length of string after you’ve finished stringing your guitar.

These were previously on our main recommended list and only came off due to us changing our guide to focus on standard gauges. You can see our current recommended list here: The Best Bass Guitar Strings.