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GHS Mandolin Silk & Steel Regular Loop End, .011 - .040, LS250

GHS Mandolin Silk & Steel Regular Loop End, .011 - .040, LS250
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50% Recommend this product (3 of 6 responses)
By George L.
Helena, Mt
Great Strings
January 9, 2021
The Silk and Steel strings sound great on my Montana Lutherie two point mandolin. I have tried several brands of strings and I always go back to GHS for the great tone they give. My other favorite GHS string are the A 270 PB. They are a little brighter than the S&S.
Also have to give a shout out to Bruce weber for building a fantastic mandolin.

ProsWarm sounding, I don't play Bluegrass music
Consa little squeaky at first , then they settle down.
By Kalo
South Louisiana
Good call
December 23, 2020
These LS 250 strings were recommended on a YouTube video by a luthier. These strings and a cast tailpiece really made a big difference in the tone of my Loar LM 500. I will continue to put these on my mandolin.
ProsGreatly improved tone.
ConsDon't know about longevity. First set.
By Joe R.
st louis,Mo
mando strings
November 10, 2019
I have played with these strings on my mandolin for the last 15 years and it is the only ones that I really like the tone of.
By Frank
Great Strings
November 4, 2016
I have tried many other sets of strings, these are the best so far for my Mandolin. They are easy on the finger tips, slick and smooth. They have a very nice mellow sound and play notes clear and distinctly. It takes a lot less pressure to push the strings down to the fret with this set. You won't be disappointed with these.
By The D.
Ordering 4 sets today
July 3, 2014
Bought a used KM 700. The strings on it are these very exact strings. Been looking for a string that is everything I look for in the sound of a mandolin. What gave these strings away is they are steel wound. Great price, too.
By EstillN
GHS Mando Silk and Steel
December 17, 2010
I was looking for a softer tone in the lower register, these strings were just right for my 74 Kentucky 100.






1st E

Plain Steel



2nd A

Plain Steel



3rd D

Silk & Steel



4th G

Silk & Steel




"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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