D’Addario ECB82 Chromes Flatwound Medium Bass Guitar Strings

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The ECB82 Chromes Flatwound appeared on our recommended list for Bass Guitar Strings from October 2017 until February 2020 when our eligibility criteria changed to exclude custom gauge sets.


The first thing to know about these strings is that, while the company calls them “chromes”, they’re actually made from stainless steel.

Chrome plating is actually made from chromium, and is expensive enough that it probably wouldn’t be commercially viable for guitar strings.

With that out of the way, the D’Addario ECB82 set is a medium gauge set of flatwound guitar strings. Flatwound guitar strings are less textured than roundwound strings, which has a few different effects on how they perform.

The most notable difference between round and flatwound guitar strings is that flatwounds have a much darker tone.

Basically, this means that there’s going to be less high, high-mid, and mid frequencies in your tone.

They don’t have the punch of roundwound strings, but they’re still pretty versatile when used on the bass guitar. They also tend to last longer than roundwound strings.


  • Gauge: Medium (.050 .070 .085 .105)
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Coated: No
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 recommendations in The Best Bass Guitar Strings.

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