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GHS Electric Bass 4 String 30" - 31" Scale, .045 - .095, Precision Flatwound , 3020

GHS Electric Bass 4 String 30" - 31" Scale, .045 - .095, Precision Flatwound , 3020
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33% Recommend this product (5 of 15 responses)
By Jerry F.
#1 strings
April 30, 2021
I've been looking and finally found the strings .....flats for my '58 Danelectro...so thrilled I bought 2 sets so I'll always have them
ProsSmooth....awesome Vintage sound
By ron
Good Choice!
April 21, 2021
I have 5 very different basses. I like Flats. I recently purchased an Ibanez GSRM4 Mikro, a 28.5-inch length, short-scale bass. Shopping for short-scale flats, under 50.00, is tough and I hate cutting and trimming bass strings. I took a chance with these GHS strings and have no regrets. These strings are for the short-scale basses, but I have a 28.5-inch neck and these strings are made to handle the 31-inch necks. I had plenty of string leftover and yes I did some trimming. As far as the sound and the feel, these are really fine strings. I would buy these strings for any of my basses, in the proper length. Good Choice. Great Sound!
By Leslie
GHS Electric Bass Strings Flat Wound 3020
March 10, 2021
Purchased this set for a Danelectro Dead End '58 Long horn (short scale bass).
ProsExactly what I needed as the gauge I bought 45 - 95, fits the smaller circumference holes at the bridge and tuning heads.
ConsNone to highlight.
By Frank
New Hampshire
Excellent strings
November 8, 2019
Love the smooth feel, mellow tone, easy playability on my Ibanez Mikro!
By Augustus
Lafayette, IN
Wonderful Strings, but too short......
May 5, 2019
I just finished a Violin Bass kit with a 30" scale neck. The strings that come with it are fine
for setup but I wanted that vintage sound you get from flat wound strings. The GHS ,
Short Scale strings are about 3/4" too short for the trapeze style bridge.. The Windings
on them start at 32.75". I must say, even with the windings protruding onto the 1st fret, the
strings sound amazing. Its like I turned the amp up a couple clicks. I just need to buy the
Medium Scale Strings which start the winding at 35.5".
ProsAs advertised
Consmake sure you get the correct length
By Bear B.
GHS Electric Bass 4 String 30" - 31" Scale, .045 - .095, Precision Flatwound
February 24, 2013
These are the only bass strings I will use. Not only do they sound great, have excellent batch to batch consitency with tight quality control, they last forever. I am a loyal GHS customer.
December 20, 2012
My problem is the allergy to the nickel and chrome and copper that are added to some trademark strings. So I was looking for a simple steel strings, and flat and it seems that GHS is the only trademark that makes strings without chrome, nickel and copper.
By Barryc
Great Strings
January 31, 2012
I use these strings on a 1963 Gibson EB-0 short scale bass and they let me play the bass like it was an SG guitar. They have a great classic rock sound and are easy on the fingers.
By shortscale
GHS Precision Flatwound
October 31, 2011
I have these on an Ibanez Mikro (28.6") bass. I am a guitar player and use the bass for tracking. I am not a professional, just a longtime hobbyist. This bass came with roundwounds of unknown origin, never liked them. I tried D'Addario half flats, interesting but not what I was looking for. The Precision flatwounds feel amazing! These are exactly what I was looking for. Incredibly smooth, full sound. Recording into Logic you would never know it wasn't a full size bass. I had some concerns about them fitting the Mikro with such a short scale but they fit just fine. Thanks.
By Ronnie
October 20, 2011
I am very happy with the product and the service I always receive from you. Thanks again.
By John F.
GHS Bass Strings, flatwound
March 29, 2011
I'd give these 5 stars; however, after playing on the same strings for almost 20 years they sound very lively and will take some getting used to. I, likewise, have used them on a Dan Armstrong bass. It seems to use the short scale even though it's a triple octave instrument. I prefer flat wound to save the frets. Thanks, JF
By Fretlessguy
GHS precision Flats Short Scale
February 7, 2011
These are my "go-to" flatwounds these days. They have a percussive traditional attack with lots of lower mids, but still have enough highs. I put them on an inexpensive fretless SX short scale Jazz Bass, and it really opened up the sound. They are not muddy like a lot of short scale sets. Being a light gauge set they do not have overly high tension and are well balanced from string to string. A very good set of strings.
By Marvin F.
GHS Electric Bass, Short Scale, Precision Flatwounds 3020
December 20, 2010
I bought these strings for my Jerry Jones Longhorn bass. I had previously used roundwound strings and the sound difference is striking. Much more "plunk" and less sustain. Perfect for a more vintage sound.
By JohnB
GHS Short Scale Flatwound
March 16, 2010
These went on a Dan Armstrong Lucite bass from 1969. This is a difficult instrument to string because it defaults to a tenor style sound. These strings gave it quite a range, from a deep bass to crisp highs. I usually put long scale strings on it because most offerings in short scale are roundwound an don't give a lot of bass. This has again become my favorite bass thanks to these strings.
By John S.
GHS Precision Flats
March 11, 2010
In the past I've mainly used D'Addario Chromes, and once tried Fender 9050s.

I would say the GHS is closer to the Fenders, a more traditional, vintage flat, only not quite as high tension. Tension is closer to the Chromes. The E string is very thumpy, where the Chromes' E is real ringy, more like a half round. I put the GHS on a Squier Bronco and it totally transformed the bass in a positive way, sounds just like a vintage Musicmaster now. I wish I had used GHS on my Beatle bass, which I find myself constantly palm muting the E to get the same effect as what the GHS E string does naturally. If you want thumpy, traditional flats with medium high tension, GHS is for you. The silks are a nice purple that look good on the bass too.






1st G

Stainless Steel FlatwoundÔ



2nd D

Stainless Steel FlatwoundÔ



3rd A

Stainless Steel FlatwoundÔ



4th E

Stainless Steel FlatwoundÔ




"Traditional deep percussive tone with improved presence of A and E strings, thanks to cross winding of the underlay wraps. Final cover is polished stainless steel flat wrap."

GHS Strings


"GHS Corporation is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high quality strings for fretted instruments. GHS produces strings for electric, acoustic and classic guitar, electric bass, banjo, mandolin, and a wide array of specialty and ethnic instruments. From Battle Creek, Michigan, USA (where GHS was founded in 1964), fresh-from-the-factory strings and music products are delivered direct to retail stores in the USA and to distributors in over 70 countries around the world.

With over 200 standard sets and 700 single strings, GHS has a set that is right for you.

String Design

The string specialists at GHS bring a craftsman-like approach to each aspect of string design. From material selection to such intricate factors as core-to-cover ratio, winding direction, wire tension and alteration of the wire, GHS designs state-of-the-art strings that enhance the sound quality of all playing styles and instruments. And with ongoing research, GHS develops string innovations that anticipate music trends and instrument modifications worldwide.

String Manufacturing

To build a quality product, state-of-the-art equipment is a necessity. At GHS, all strings are made on machinery designed and built in-house. The GHS design engineers utilize the latest technology to develop computer controlled string making machines that monitor such intricate parameters as the number and type of twists on the ball end, winding speed and direction, core and cover wire tension, cover wire angle and wind length. Modern quality control methods ensure that the final product meets GHS's rigid specifications.

Factory Fresh

GHS knows that you want your strings to be as fresh as the day they were made. All GHS facilities are environmentally regulated to control temperatures and humidity. Sensitive raw materials and bulk products are further wrapped in protective bags for storage. Coiled strings are placed in string packets that, in independent laboratory tests, have proven to offer the optimum protection from humidity. Finally, the GHS swift order shipment (usually within 24 hours of order placement) guarantees that GHS strings arrive in your retail store factory-fresh.

How String Material Affects Tone and Feel

The hardness of common materials used in the cover wire of strings affects both the tone and "feel" of a string. Usually, with all else remaining constant, the harder the material the brighter the string. This relationship shows why stainless steel produces a very bright sound and nickel, a softer material, produces a warmer sound. However, a hard material can be abrasive to both fingers and frets. At GHS, our unique "Alloy 52", used in Progressives and White Bronze strings, is softer and less abrasive than a stainless steel but produces a tone almost as bright. Common cover wire materials include (ranked by order of brightness) stainless steel, Alloy 52, nickel plated steel, pure nickel, and for acoustics, brass and bronze.

The core wire for all strings and all plain steel strings (both acoustic and electric) are made from tin plated Swedish steel."



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