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GHS Mandolin - Phosphor Bronze, .011 - .040, A270

GHS Mandolin - Phosphor Bronze, .011 - .040, A270
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43% Recommend this product (3 of 7 responses)
By Phil
San Francisco
Came as original strings on my Mandolin
December 22, 2020
These strings came standard on my Pava Mandolin and after experimenting with other sets from different manufacturers I came back to these. High-quality, great tone, and one of the hidden benefits of these strings are they stay in tune. Highly Recommended.
ProsStays in tune. Excellent tone. Easy on the figures. Each string comes individually packaged.
ConsDon't last as long as Elixers.
By Andy
Randolph, Vermont
Great strings, annoying packaging
October 19, 2020
I began to purchase the strings when I had trouble with the D'Addario high E strings failing at the loop end when used in conjunction with Allen tailpieces. That's a pretty specific beef, I know, but there you have it. I have never had that difficulty with these strings, and I think they sound clear and bright, especially after an hour or so of pickin' to scrub off the newness.

That said, I am annoyed that everytime I change strings I have to rip open and throw away 9 plastic pouches. Seems like 1 pouch would do the job. Feels wasteful. . .
ProsGood sounding long- lasting
ConsToo much plastic packaging
By albert
GHS 16
July 26, 2020
Yes yes yes .. This '16' A string makes a BIG difference . No matter what brand I'm using I always swap out the 15 for a 16 .JS used to carry in inexpensive Fender mando set with the 16 included and I bought them all the time. Seem only GHS uses this gauge in a set now .
By Jamie M.
GHS 270
February 14, 2018
I agree with the above comment about the .16 on the A string. Tom Ellis sets up his new ones with GHS 270. After Tom told me this I changed to them, and the difference was immediately apparent.
By George G.
February 1, 2011
I always enjoy the mandolin a little more when I put on a set of new strings. It is especially nice when the strings are consistently high quality,come so quickly,and are very competitively priced. George Green
By Dave W.
review of GHS A270 mando set
October 14, 2009
Excellent string set for bluegrass. the .016 diameter A string gives a richer A tone than the more common .015 size.
By WanderingMinstrel
GHS Phosphor Bronze A270 Review
August 17, 2009
I am a tone fanatic - as a bassist (primary instrument) I put new strings on for every recording - because it is impossible to EQ the clarity and tone otherwise. With Mandolin - the BRAND NEW sound can be too brittle, with many wolf tones. I find the "just broken in but not dead" the most versatile - from melody to strumming - Klezmer to Bluegrass. Why the big lead up? To put it this way - these strings spend THE LONGEST amount of time in that "usable" range of all the bands I've tried. Once broken in - they remain warm and clear and most importantly - they hold pitch. I've spent 3x the amount to be disappointed - so give these a try!






1st E

Plain Steel



2nd A

Plain Steel



3rd D

Phosphor Bronze



4th G

Phosphor Bronze




"Bright Bronze sets have most brilliant tone. Phosphor Bronze have bright tone, longer life. Silk & Steel sets give "dry" or "woody" tone. Stainless Steel is excellent for acoustic playing and a must for mandolins with magnetic pickups."

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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