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GHS Electric Guitar - Brite Flats (Ground Roundwound) Regular, .012 - .054, 730

GHS Electric Guitar - Brite Flats (Ground Roundwound) Regular, .012 - .054, 730
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By George H.
Won't use anything else
May 25, 2019
Johnny Smith used to use a similar string made by LaBella that were called "burnished wound" When LaBella stopped making them, he bought all he could find. I played both his JS and his D'Angelico and these are very similar to those strings. They are brighter than flats and don't have that dull sound on the bottom strings, but there's very little finger noise which is the whole point of flats.
If you find they are still too rough, try a trick Johnny told me about. Before flats were available, they used to rub the bottom of a thick bottomed glass along the strings to take the edges off. I guess you can use sandpaper, too.
These last forever, I rarely change the wound strings.
I have them on a JS, a 175 and a Les Paul.
Great sound, intonation and durability None
By David M.
GHS Brite Flats
September 19, 2016
Addendum to my review:
The most common complaint is that they don't feel slick at first. Playing them for a week or two, with some vigorous rubdown with a cloth helps. For those who don't like to wait, I have also had good luck with 600 grit sandpaper. Put a piece of notebook paper such that it covers everything except the wound strings, and rub with the 600 sandpaper. Don't overdo it! You cancause some non-harmonic overtones if you take off too much, or take it off unevenly. But I have found that just a couple of minutes can help significantly to get the breakin started! Slide the paper along the strings so that you are taking off about the same amount along the length of the string. This includes the area of the string where you are fingering it! It is not necessary to put a lot of pressure on it. My first attempt, I did overdo it! The dozen or so since then have been ok.
Once you are past the breakin, I predict you will become a believer! I dont think I have ever worn out a set. The unwound strings get a little kink sometimes after a few years. Good luck!
By M
GHS Flat Brites
August 23, 2011
These are just a regular round wound in disguise. They sound like round wound, and the miserable milling job they did feels like round wounds. They eat picks at about 4/hour leaving you with an ugly scraping attack, just like round wounds.
If it feels like a pig and sounds like a pig, you can assume its a pig.
By David M.
GHS brite flats
August 16, 2011
I've used these for more than 20 yrs. One thing that first time users don't realize is that it takes about 2 weeks of playing for the strings to get to a slick feeling similar to T-I strings. They never get quite that slick, but they sound so much better that there's no contest in my book.

A good rub down with a towel or other cloth can reduce the break-in time.
By Keith
March 30, 2011
I was looking for a brighter string to replace the T-I flatwounds on my ES-150, but wanted to retain the smoothness of flatwounds. To me, these strings didn't sound any brighter, and the surface is rough, kind of sticky, and nothing at all like the smoothness of flatwounds.






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."

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"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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