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GHS Acoustic Guitar Silk & Steel Light 6 Strings, .010 - .042, 345

GHS Acoustic Guitar Silk & Steel Light 6 Strings, .010 - .042, 345
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36% Recommend this product (4 of 11 responses)
By Charlie T.
Lake Superior
Surprising option
August 17, 2022
I play mainly electric, have always struggled with finding a balance between full tone and playability on my J185. Too light, no tone, too heavy - pain and can't really bend anything. The Silk and Steel give a softness for the fingers, but has a blooming warm tone with decent volume. Thought they would be a one and done experiment, but the combination of easy to play and full balanced tonality is really nice. Will not be a one set trial for me, I'll go through a few string changes and see if continue to be so pleasing.
Soft feel, warm tone, decent volume Classical attack on wounds, not very percussive
By Pat C.
Sevierville, TN
Perfect for my parlor and resophonic guitars
August 1, 2022
My parlor guitar is 120+ years old and these strings are the perfect compliment for a warm rich sound and great playing action.

On my resophonic guitar they produce great sustain and give the perfect nasal tone for sweet and simple background fills. It isn’t a Del Vecchiio but darn close!
Smooth finish and great sustain None
By Ron
McAllen, Texas
the right choice
December 22, 2020
The GHS silk and steel 10s were a good choice for my mid '60s Regal Jumbo Western (dreadnought) .

I just did a steam neck reset in stead of removing the neck and resetting it that way.
I wanted to have as little stress or pull from the strings as possible to help the neck reset hold.

I am going to buy some more GHS silk and steel but this time I'm going to choose 11s.
Gives less stress on the neck easier on the fingers and makes it easier to play they produce a much thinner tone but it's still a full tone, just thinner
By Oleput
Tupelo, MS
Love these strings
September 30, 2019
I really like the sound and feel of these strings.
By Joseph B.
GHS Silk and Steel
October 1, 2015
While I enjoyed the ease of play of silk and steel and expect a decrease in power, I found the GHS strings disappointing. They died, wore out at the frets, and broke at the bridge quicker than expected. I have come to expect more from GHS, but I won't use these strings again.
By Michael M.
GHS silk and steel light guage
June 19, 2011
Since Martin started making and selling factory seconds with string sleeve errors and a lower quality product, these GHS silk and steels are a bright spot in my string purchase experiences. The Light Guage GHS Silk and Steels are ...Easy on the fingers...Easy on the ears, ...and Easy on the instrument. A real Pleasure to play and hear. They make lesser guitars sound better to me.
By David H.
Special sounds with acoustic electric guitar
March 7, 2011
I put a set of these strings on my new Martin acoustic guitar. They were low volume and boring when I used them on that guitar. Lifeless. Unpleasant sound.
BUT....I have used them on my ACOUSTIC ELECTRIC GUITAR mated with a acoustic electric amp, a combination I discovered almost 15 yrs ago. I get a mellow electric sound which is extremely versatile and just what I was looking for. Twisting the amp knobs allows these strings to perform incredible jazz as they are QUICK SMOOTH STRINGS, easy on the fingers and a JOY TO PLAY. Launch in to Folk sounds, Celtic, Rock, or Jazz with these strings. Easily ! Lets you concentrate on MUSIC, not strings !
Since, I first tried them on my acoustic electric guitar quite a few years ago,THIS IS THE ONLY SET I WILL USE ON MY ACOUSTIC ELECTRIC.
By Stringbean
Acoustic string
November 10, 2010
Easy ordering, fast shipping, just what I needed...
By Rev B.
Silk and Steel Rock!
August 27, 2010
Teaching guitar all day long can be rough on the fingers, but the lower tension of the silk and steel makes my teaching day a breeze. These strings have a nice warm tone that can make inexpensive guitars sound a little better. I can highly recommend for beginners and those pickers afflicted with tendinitis and arthritis.
By David
Love the Strings - enough said!
May 24, 2010
Love the Strings - enough said!
By William J.
GHS acoustic guitar silk and steel
January 1, 2010
I have been alternating between silk and steel and bronze and steel. Think I really like the silk and steel best. A much mellower sound. I'm 84 and play for nursing homes and anybody else who will listen to me.
I just bang chords and sing the old (20's, 30's, and 40's, songs, mostly). Lots of great love songs.
My guitar is Takamine. Me and my listeners have a ball.






1st E

Plain Steel



2nd B

Plain Steel



3rd G

Silvered Copper Roundwound



4th D

Silvered Copper Roundwound



5th A

Silvered Copper Roundwound



6th E

Silvered Copper Roundwound




"GHS SILK & STEEL acoustic guitar strings are wound with silver-plated copper wire over a silk and steel core to yield a sweet, mellow tone with a soft feel. Silk & Steel strings are perfect for accompanying the singing voice."

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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