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The GHS Thread

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by madbassplaya, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    Let me start off by saying that it is a good time to be a bass player! I have used several different brands over the years and lately have been going back and forth between DR and D'Addario. I loved the tone of Sunbeams but the tension was a bit too loose for me in the long run. D'Addarios felt great tension wise and I loved their customer service but something was missing tonally for me.

    I talked with Jason at http://www.bassstringsonline.com and he recommended that I try GHS Boomers. I was resistant to this. Boomers? No, they die fast and I continued trying other sets. After continuously not finding what I was wanting I finally tried a set of the Boomers and loved them instantly. They were put on about a month ago and are still going strong. I've been trying other strings from GHS as well and I have to say that I am a fan of their product as well as their customer service.

    My thoughts on...

    A great nickel plated round wound. Full body tone with a very smooth feel. I can get just about any tone I'm wanting from these.

    Pressure Wounds:
    Another great string. These are an Alloy52 blend. Really good output and very smooth. A bit stiffer than typical rounds. They sound great on fretted but really great on my fretless. They are very mid forward but still have a little brightness to them.

    These are my hands down favorite string. Especially for a 5 string bass! Circle K has a great B string and in my experience the Progressives B rivals if not beats it. Amazing feel and tone. Also made of Alloy52 from what I understand. Again, very smooth and killer tone.

    Haven't tried anything else yet, but so far I love what I've tried!



  2. hotbass57


    Nov 27, 2011
    I agree they have really stepped up. I played Boomers when they first came out for years and years. Lately experimenting, but I'm sure I'll eventually wind up back to them. I also have been using the GHS Infinity Steel coated that BSOL has for $8 a set. They sound great nice snap, and feel more like a tapewound then coated.
  3. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    Have to mention GHS Precision Flats in this thread. Superb feel and tone, especially suited to P basses and their clones. The windings are glassy smooth, and they literally last forever with proper care. Top it off with the fact that they're reasonably priced and you have a string that's hard to beat.
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  4. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    I would agree on the B string on the Progressives. Having switched to Progressives after using Circle K for about six months, I was amazed at the clarity of that B string. It was the first time that I could feel the body of the bass vibrate! Definitely a solid string that sounds amazing, as does the rest of the set. They're currently strung up on my Streamer LX 6 and my Corvette Std 5 (although for this one, they need to be replaced).
  5. bolophonic

    bolophonic SUSPENDED

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I have a set of GHS Tapewounds that I have had on one of my lesser played basses. They were a 5-string set that I got in a trade with a friend of mine and I might use them on a BEAD bass.
  6. billgwx


    Apr 10, 2009
    Centereach NY
    Both of my basses (J and P) are strung with medium GHS Boomers right now. Glad to have come full circle to them after using other rounds for a few years. They have great feel, with a slight natural midrange boost that makes them shine especially on the P...other nickel rounds I've used lately felt rougher and sounded more scooped. If they go dead quickly, that's fine by me as far as the P-bass is concerned...would give it a little flat-wound vibe.
  7. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    Great comments so far guys. I do agree that Boomers have a boost in the mids where other strings are somewhat scooped.

    I've tried DR, Dunlop, D'Addario, Circle K, Ernie Ball, Fender, SIT, and Dean Markley amd the Progressive is THE best B string I've ever used.
  8. therhodeo


    Feb 28, 2011
    Owasso OK
    You guys might just have me convinced to try some of these. Progressives work on a toploader bridge and 35" scale?
  9. marko138


    May 24, 2013
    Perry County PA
    Big fan of Boomers.
  10. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    That's what my bass is. You'll have to order a custom set though. Http://www.bassstringsonline.com has them!
  11. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    Madbassplaya, I'm with you on all of it. GHS is now--and has always--been a great string manufacturer. I started using them many years ago. Like you, I tried many different brands. I'm happy to be back with GHS.
  12. pbass888

    pbass888 Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    New York, NY
    i have boomers on and off my 5 jazzes. i have a set of pressurewounds since last week (thanks to Jason) and really digging them . Did a 4 setter gig on thursday and got really fat warm thick walking lines with them so was very pleased. I'm surprised at is how bright the mids and highs are ( comparing to traditional flats (la bella) and even Thomastik's flats.
    I've got great things to say about the progressive strings too. My former teacher todd johnson turned me on to these....

    Im still learning about pressure wounds and would highly recommend them after the initial gig test. GHS does put out great strings all around.
    Last few years have been using fatbeams and prosteels but am really excited by the pressure wounds...thanks Jason !
  13. adamsmatthewj


    May 4, 2013
    HUGE fan of the GHS flats! Love em on my P! Prob won't ever change em if I don't absolutely have to.

    I used to use boomers on my 5string J bass, but found myself to be craving a little more of a "strong" sound. By that, I mean a little more "presence" and "fundamental". So, after MUCH searching (black diamond, dr, snarlin dogs, fender, everley), I settled on MTD nickels. I love these strings, but I am SO curious about the GHS Pressurewound... So bear with my questions! I might wanna try em

    Are the pressurewounds essentially half-rounds? If so, do they have that sharp feel at first?
    Is the B tapered?
    Are they long enough for thru-body?
    Do they have a hot output? Or a low output?

    Any tips from someone who's used em (particularly on a passive 5?) is greatly appreciated!

    I try to keep rounds on my 5string Jbass since I have the P with flats, but I always desire a round, warm tone, with as much fundamental as possible. I feel like these might be a decent compromise?
  14. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    No. While they're usually lumped in with half-rounds and ground-wounds, the winding on the Pressurewounds are slightly flattened during the winding process. Due to this, the feel is a mix between rounds and flats; still that round feel, but with a smoother finish on them. Not sharp at all.

    No. I crimp the ball end with a pair of pliers and have it fit in the bridge on my Warwick Streamer LX no problem.

    That I can't answer, as my basses are all top loading.

    My bass has a HOT signal to begin with, so I haven't noticed any output difference between the Pressurewounds and anything else that's been on this bass. The only thing I noticed was that, since my main preference is with very bright and articulate strings (GHS Progressives, Contact Core SS, etc..), I had to EQ the bass a bit differently because the lower fundamental and tone of the Pressurewounds didn't jive with the current EQ I had.

    But, once I had that EQ dialed in, they were awesome. To the point that once the Progressives I have on this bass are done, I'm probably switching back to Pressurewounds on it.
  15. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    Went through a phase where it was GHS Precision Flats on everything except the one with Chromes.

    Have a new and a new-to-me bass that both have rounds (I think Lakland steels and Elixirs). Just ordered a set of Pressure Wounds that I'm going to try out and see if I dig those or if I wanna try the Brite Flats.
  16. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    GHS Precision flats are my favorite flats thus far after having tried TIs, Chromes, EB, Roto, and Fender flats.

    I use them on one of my Jazz basses, and an old Ibanez Roadstar P bass, and while they aren't fantastic sounding when playing solo (imo), they sound really nice in a band setting. But, I just ordered a set of Labella 760FL strings, so I'll see how they compare to the GHS flats.
  17. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    GHS is probably my favourite flat. (Labella 0760M being the other.)

    I've never understood this idea that Boomers don't last long; they last as long as any other non-coated roundwound I've used.

    GHS makes excellent strings.
  18. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    This is my experience so far. I believe my fretless is about to get a set of light gauge boomers!

    Here is my Valenti #154 wearing a custom set of GHS Progressives (.45- .136sh).

  19. jeffmensch

    jeffmensch Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Cambridge, Ontario
    Switching from Rotosound Swing 66 stainless to GHS Pressurewounds dramatically improved my tone. The fundamental and lower mids became stronger and that annoying string clack went away. Output is nicely balanced across the frequency spectrum. They are easy on your fingers which makes sliding easier and smoother sounding.

    My other bass has Boomers which are great for rock but have a bit too much high end for my personal tastes. This is likely due to the all maple body and maple/bubinga neck construction. I'll give Brite Flats a try to tame that a bit, maybe even go to Precision Flats if needed.

    I'm very impressed with the GHS strings, compared with the Rotos and Elixers I've tried so far.
  20. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    Nice Valenti!!

    Can't wait for the Pressure Wounds to get here (just ordered them yesterday).