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GHS Electric Guitar - Brite Flats (Ground Roundwound) Medium, .011 - .050, 720

GHS Electric Guitar - Brite Flats (Ground Roundwound) Medium, .011 - .050, 720
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By David M.
GHS Brite Flats
August 22, 2017
One thing I forgot to mention in my previous review is that, while these strings will feel like flat wounds after 2 weeks or so of playing, you can hurry things along by burnishing the top of the strings with some 600 grit sandpaper. I put a piece of notebook paper under the strings to keep the sandpaper from scratching the frets or guitar. Just a minute or two of burnishing will make the strings smooth so that you don't have to wait for playing to do the job! You should sand the entire length of string? In addition to some are .0022" strings as described in previous review, I have started keeping a few
By David M.
GHS Brite Flats
September 12, 2016
I have used these for well over 20 yrs. I have tried some others--notably Thomastiks, but BF get better with age while TIs are totally flat in About 2 to 3 months, played or not. I have some oft- played guitars with BFs that are over ten yrs old, except for the unwound strings, and I find the tone still good. The unwound strings--I change when they get bent. Large strings bigger than .050 also are not reliable. So, the largest string I will use is .050. I can recall needing to replace only one wound string other than a larger-than-.050. And it was a .022 shortly after it was installed by a guitar tech. Not sure whether it was damaged on installation or not. Not bad, considering I have had more than 100 jazz guitars strung with these strings and feel very comfortable recommending them.
By A
Could Be Better
September 27, 2015
Overall, these are okay strings. They sort of feel like actual flatwounds, just a little rougher. The tone seems sort of like regular GHS Boomers, just a little flatter and warmer. I can't say there's anything special about them, and for the price, I think it would be better to buy actual flats. Not bad strings, just nothing particularly special or great about them.
By Luke F.
GHS Brite Flats
July 11, 2015
A friend gave me her fathers 1940 Vega C-86 after he died. He was a musician and played only this guitar when performing from the time he left the military in about 1942 until his death at nearly 90. She said he wanted the guitar to go to someone who appreciated it and would use it. I had heard him play many times and he was very good. I went through several sets of strings and then tried the Bright flats by GHS. They are perfect for this guitar. Regards, Luke
By Ruth W.
Great for blues and jazz.
April 19, 2015
I have them set up on one of my strats loaded with a Lollar Chicago Steel and two Lollar P90s and a mahogany neck. Really love the wound third more electric sets should have them. I really love the feel of them but more importantly they have a balanced sound that makes them versatile. They hold tuning very well. My guitar tech has set this guitar up very carefully with 3 other sets but we both knew right away these were the ones. The name couldn't be more accurate.
By Tim W.
Almost perfect.
May 13, 2014
I have an Ibanez AM93 (small body 335 type) and wanted flatwounds. Tried several different sets, LaBella, DR, Chromes and none were working for the sound I was after. I was about to plunk down the $$$ for a set of TI's, but thought I would try these first. Glad I did. They sound great. Nice and mellow with good overtones and very defined. In fact, they kind of remind me of TI Swings a bit. Just enough high end not to be twangy, but what I really like is that the wound strings don't go "doot". If you are looking for a traditional flatwound sound, this ain't it. Very good sustain and overall a rich tone. The one caveat is that upon initial install, the wound strings grabbed my finger tips making slides very awkward. So I took the strings off, took some steel wool and burnished them just a bit in both directions. Now they are a every bit as smooth as TI's or LaBella's without losing any of the tone. Don't mind the extra effort to save nearly $20 a set.
By Jason
Perfect for my Heritage 530
July 9, 2010
Great string for my Heritage 530 (full hollow thinline) they are warm like a flatwound but keeps a little pop when you dig in. The best "tweener" string I've found so far.
By David
Love the Strings
May 24, 2010
Couldn't imagine putting anything else on my ES-335.
By BurningWycke
Product Reviews for GHS Electric Guitar - Brite Flats (Ground Roundwound) Medium, .011 - .050, 720
May 11, 2010
I use these on my Les Paul and they are fine. However, on my next string change I think I'll try the Carlos Santana Signature set. The Brite Flats are quiet for recording but seem a little 'stiff'- not as sensitive to nuanced playing.
By Bob R.
GHS 720
February 22, 2010
I started using these string on my Gibson 335 about 22 years ago I now use them on all my guitars even my Fender Telecaster thin line.
By Tim A.
Best flats on the market bar none!
October 10, 2009
After trying many types of flats and semi-flats for my archtop guitars the Brite Flats have proven themselves to me to have the most balanced tone and feel. The intonation is perfect and they last quite a while. They are great on any type of guitar really because they are offered in a good range of gauges.






1st E

Plain Steel



2nd B

Plain Steel



3rd G

Nickel/Iron Ground Roundwound



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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