A Fresh Perspective On A Stalwart American Standard – GHS Bass Boomers GHS Bass Boomers are the very first American made roundwound electric bass guitar strings and as such are an industry standard. They were designed to compete directly with Great Britain’s new innovative Rotosound Swing Bass 66’s. Fifty years of sales history shows GHS Bass Boomers to have been right on target. The subject of this review is the M3045X set: 1-G: 0.045”/47.8 lbs. 2-D: 0.065”/52.2 lbs. 3-A: 0.085”/51.1 lbs. 4-E: 0.105”/43.6 lbs. The tension figures tend to center around the 50 pound range for the first three strings. You might think that the E string would be out of kilter with the rest of the set, but you’d be wrong. This set has proven itself to be very well balanced in terms of feel and perceived tension; tone, and string-to-string volume. This set has good flexibility for you lead bass string benders. This set played in very quickly indeed at only 5 hours or so needed to hold tune well, and to settle in to the real meat of the tone. This in itself is amazing. There is plenty of rich upper harmonic content that is very musically pleasant, with none of the annoying tin-can zing so characteristic of Roto 66’s. It’s been about 30 years since I have played a set of Boomers, and I was very happily met with full round rich tone along with excellent attack and deep throaty growl for days. Plenty of solid sustain with slow smooth decay. Yes these are roundwounds and yes there is some string ‘chatter’ or screech, but not nearly as much as some brands with Roto 66’s being among the worst in this regard. Boomers are a very smooth feeling roundwound. Much smoother than any D’Addario round with Roto 66’s being the most course and roughest round. These strings just scream to be played hard with a pick! The tone is absolutely brilliant. Plenty of top end air and high mid snarl; the mids and low mids have tons of good solid bass meat with great growl. The bottom end is taut and authoritative. When played with thumb & fingers they mellow right on down with a very pleasant acoustic bass guitar like richness with warmth that just glows. My slap technique is laughable, but Bass Boomers are plenty slap happy. I will, of course, continue to update this review as time goes on. The bass used for this review is a custom lefty with a single Seymour Duncan Single Coil P-Bass Quarter Pounder. The original Leo Fender designed single coil pickup on the 1951-55 Precisions were known for their brightness and high output (for the time period). I chose this version for the large diameter Alnico V pole pieces/magnets and the tremendous amount of treble and midrange content of the signal. The output is not too hot and this pickup is very well balanced. I like it. Volume and tone pots are 250K CTS. Tone cap is 0.047 uf Sprague Orange. Output jack is Switchcraft. I have striven to achieve electric bass purity, and believe I have done so. I played this bass with GHS Bass Boomers through a Zoom B3 multi-effects unit with ATH-M50X studio monitor quality headphones, and also a new V3 Fender Rumble 200 1x15 combo.