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GHS Mandolin Classical Extra Light Gauge, .009 - .032, for Potato Bug and other fragile instruments, A240

GHS Mandolin Classical Extra Light Gauge, .009 - .032, for Potato Bug and other fragile instruments, A240
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53% Recommend this product (10 of 19 responses)
By Sam
Pequannock NJ
Perfect for an old mandolin
October 16, 2022
I bought these strings for a 1930's Harmony mandolin. The mandolin is delicate and I didn't want a regular gauge putting too much pressure on the top. These worked out perfectly
  • Light gauge, good price
  • Not coated
By Joe
Valatie, NY
Great feel and sound
September 26, 2021
I went with the GHS extra light to lighten the load on the neck of a mandolin built by my uncle in the late ‘30s. Even though they are extra light they have a full, rich sound and are soft to play.
By Graciela
Very Good Product
June 6, 2021
Not top of the line, but more than playable for budget strings. Great price, speedy delivery.
  • Budget friendly
By Ed K.
San Diego, California
Great product
February 24, 2021
I bought my mandolin as a fourth instrument to play on a couple songs when I was in a country band a few years ago. I don't know what gauges of the strings were but they were really tough on my fingers. After the band broke up I stored the mandolin in my garage and didn't pay it much attention. With the Covid-19 restrictions, I had more time around the house and decided the revisit the mandolin. It still had the same strings on it and again it was hard to play. I thought about changing the strings to a lighter gauge and read some reviews on the GHS Mandolin Classical Extra Light Gauge strings and bought a set. After they arrived, I installed them and it's been pure happiness since. I'm not a hard picker and the mandolin is acoustic/electric so if I need more volume from the strings I don't have to pick them with more force and possibly break them. I just plug the mandolin into an amp. They are working great for me and they get five stars.
  • Everything about them. My fingers are very happy. The mandolin has become a magnet. It draws me to it and I have to pick it up and play it several times a day and night.
  • None noted.
Great Quality strings
December 22, 2020
Great quality strings and reasonable price.
By Brad
Lexington, KY
Bowl back Mandolin.
December 19, 2020
Was the lightest I could find. Works well.
By Alan
Would recommend
October 5, 2020
Tried purchasing a set of mandolin strings from Guitar Center and got chased out of store for not having a mask on. Made it as far as cash register. So I find these strings on eBay. Buy them and only get 4 strings from seller Fordus. Question and complain and seller response was I'm one with problem. I said all that to say it was nice to get a full set from here with fast friendly service. Strings are exactly what I needed. Thanks
By Darryl H.
Good for all mandos
September 28, 2020
In my humble but infallible opinion, these extra lights are good for all mandos that are not on stage or in the studio at present. Because if you have these on there when you aren't using an ax every day, you are reducing stress on the instrument. Especially good for 12-string mandos.
  • Less stress
  • less sound
By Caith
Nashua, New Hampshire
Great Sound and Excellent Playability
November 8, 2019
I've been going one gauge lighter on my mandolins and bouzoukis lately because I've found that as I age (I'm in my mid 50s) my hands aren't quite as strong as they used to be despite daily rigorous practice. I was concerned that thinner strings would equate to thinner sound but that is not the case with these. It is difficult to find mandolin strings this light so I'm thankful to GHS for letting me enjoy the instrument more and fight the strings less.
  • Great sound and feel at a great price from a trusted brand. I use GHS strings on my electric guitars and basses too.
  • None, unless you consider the fact that thinner strings are going to wear out sooner, which is just a fact of life and not indicative of any brand.
By Tony A.
Montgomery Alabama
Easy Playing
November 1, 2019
I bought these for my 3 mandolins. I have a German made potato bug (neopolitan style) so I thought I'd give these strings a try. I also put them on my A style and F style mandolins. They made all easier to play, but the sound was still bright and strong enough to keep up. I'll buy more, good price as always!
By George M.
Great strings
July 31, 2012
Those extra light strings are great and excellent for bowl back mandolins and they are easy to play.
By Kevin
GHS A 240 Ultra Light Strings
September 26, 2011
I use these on both my mandolins. A Godin A8 and a refurbished original Samick. These strings last a long time and keep their tone for an extended period of time. Just as long as the "coated" strings in my opinion. The light weight of the string allows for effortless articulate "Hammer Ons" and "Pull Off" techniques. The heavier mandolin strings make these techniques impossible. Volume is not a problem at all; I find they cut through quite well acoustically and have a pleasant depth to the sound. Not "tinny" at all.
By Joe H.
extra light GHS mandolin strings
June 30, 2011
Excellent service, and just what I needed! I've never ordered strings online, but that will soon change. I play several stringed instruments which require replacement periodically. The prices and choices are exceptional!
By Jim
GHS Mandolin Strings A240
April 25, 2011
Good Service from the provider.

Excellent choice for my Potato Bug.

I Highly recommend this "Just Strings" and the GHS A240 Strings.
By Jose
December 24, 2010
Awsome product. There are the best (light) Mandolin Strings I have used. I highly recommend them.
By Wild T.
GHS Mandolin Classical Extra Light
September 26, 2010
100+ year old bowl back (probably Oscar Schmidt) needed minimum tension, and these strings work! Nice sound too. Good price too.
By Catherine
GFH A240 Extra Light
August 16, 2010
These are fine strings - nice tone. I personally have not noticed a significant lost of volume or power. I feel better about being able to take some stress off my old (1907) Gibson A-1 and perhaps preserve it a little longer.
By Big K.
Mando Strings
March 12, 2010
The PB strings have now been fitted to my Mando and gave a warmer tone

After trying lots of different weights and makes of strings this proved to be the ideal combination.

It made the tone more jazz/celtic as opposed to bluegrass,

The action is now perfect,(less buzzing too)

The faster rebound on these strings made playing faster and more accurate. Now fitted, previously suspected I wouldn't even need or want to try others.

The Mando has now become playable for my Son and Wife, whereas the stadard strings were stronger but made the thing virtually unplayable. Tone has considerably improved

If your outside USA non tarnished ones are hard to find, and postage is prohibitive. I sent mine to a US friend, who then sent them on, and it worked out less than half the cost on postage.
By mike l.
January 11, 2010
Great strings for the old bowl backs!






1st E

Plain Steel



2nd A

Plain Steel



3rd D

Phosphor Bronze



4th G

Phosphor Bronze




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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