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GHS Electric Guitar - Brite Flats (Ground Roundwound) Ex. Light, .009 - .042, 700

GHS Electric Guitar - Brite Flats (Ground Roundwound) Ex. Light, .009 - .042, 700
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By N W.
Excellent Strings
January 30, 2015
I've been using pure nickel strings for a while, as I prefer a mellower sound on my single coil equipped guitar. I decided to try Brite Flats as well, and I'm very pleased with them. They do need some breaking in to get rid of the slightly tacky feel, but that's easily done with a cloth or some steel wool. After that, they have a nice smooth feel, and a great tone. My style runs the gamut, from jazzy to country/surf sounds, and these cover them well. And the best part? Almost no string noise, with a price well below pure flatwound sets.
By Chris W.
Rocker's Flatwound Compromise
March 15, 2011
I am a somewhat heavy-handed player of over 45 years, and noticed excessive fingerboard wear on some of my guitars. Let's face it; all rosewood and ebony is NOT created equal, and I understand that many manufacturers are going through extensive "coloring" processes to make their fingerboards presentable. Although I remember well the true flatwounds of the 60's during the British Invasion, the tone was not that versatile, unless your alternatives were playing jazz, country, and maybe some rockabilly. I was after perhaps 70% of the flatwound smoothness of tone, with less fret and fingerboard wear, and less finger noise. Although these are not true flatwound ribbon construction, they are close and extremely comfortable to play. On a brightness level, they are even a tad above pure nickel roundwounds, which I still play on my maple neck/fingerboard Strats. I think GHS has a truly remarkable product in these strings, which represent an excellent balance and compromise between pure roundwound and pure flatwound types. When you consider the price of these is roughly 1/3 that of the best flatwounds, with 60-70% of the benefits, this should be an easy decision. D'Addario Half Rounds built on a stainless steel core are most similar to these and another excellent string value if you are seeking the main performance qualities of a flatwound on a budget.






1st E

Plain Steel



2nd B

Plain Steel



3rd G

Plain Steel



4th D

Nickel/Iron Ground Roundwound



5th A

Nickel/Iron Ground Roundwound



6th E

Nickel/Iron Ground Roundwound




" A very smooth nickel/iron string with brighter tone than a conventional flatwound. Brite Flats start as roundwound strings, are then micro-ground to a smooth surface."

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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