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GHS Electric Bass 4 String Precision Flatwound 34" - 36" Scale, .045 - .105, M3050

GHS Electric Bass 4 String Precision Flatwound 34" - 36" Scale, .045 - .105, M3050
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By brianc91764
May 27, 2014
GHS M3050 set
These are great strings, the best flats I've tried. They're not an all-purpose string like Chromes or Roto 77s, but they nail the classic P-Bass/flat sound, especially with a pick. I don't think the D and G are overly bright with a pick, at least with this set.
I do feel that bending the outer wrap of the E string around the tuner post affects the sound. My solution, going back to the early '70s, is to install a strap button on the headstock right in front of the A string post. I route the E string around this before inserting it into its post; this keeps the outer wrap straight and make the E string tonally similar to the other three.
By hieronymous
December 7, 2012
GHS M3050 - very satisfied
Tried these out on a couple of people's recommendation. Really enjoying them - seem to have a bit less tension than D'Addario Chromes. I found them to be very balanced sounding - I was looking for a dark sounding string and got it!

One thing to note: the low E string ends up with some of the un-silked portion of the string wrapped around the post. Not a big deal - the string hasn't unraveled or broken or anything - but buyers should be aware of this.

Oh, and thanks juststrings for your amazingly fast service as usual
By Sparkdog
October 8, 2012
GHS Precision Flats - very uneven tone
I have tried a lot of different flats looking for the ones that are even in tonality across all 4 strings...that's where most flats fall short for me, and these might be the worst I've tried.

I've been through 4 sets of these now, in different gauges, and the results are always the same - The E and A strings don't really match tone-wise, but they're close enough that over time they will settle in and work OK. The D and G strings though, are so CRAZY bright by comparison they might as well be roundwounds. They won't balance with the lower strings at all.

I love the sound of flats played with a pick, but it really makes tonal differences jump out. If you play only fingerstyle these cheap flats might work for you. For me they are simply awful.
By Bockscar
October 2, 2012
Best Strings Ever Created
I have experimented with flatwounds on my US Fender Jazz off and on for the last 12 years. I am aware that flatwounds are typically reserved for P basses and fretless basses but I've always thought that the combination of a punchy jazz bass and flatwounds would create a great dynamic within a mix. Until using these strings, I thought I was wrong! These strings produce an incredible tone that only gets better with time. As with most flatwounds, they may not make the bass sound that wonderful when played on its own, but in a mix....WOW! These make my bass sit just right with the kick and make the bass audible at lesser volumes because it isn't fighting for space in the frequency spectrum. Truly amazing product!
By Tom Howland
September 10, 2011
GHS Precision Flats
I tried them all when it comes to flatwounds.
These string deliver the goods. warm, fat, defined tone.
Even tension, they get better with age.
Wonderful on a P-Bass.
Could not be happier.
By Steve
July 16, 2011
GHS Flats
Great vintage warm tone similar to LaBellas but at a value price and made in the USA.
By Keith
May 28, 2011
GHS Electric Bass Precision Flatwound strings
Great strings!!! Nice punch, just the way flats should sound!
By Thierry
April 28, 2011
GHS Flat 45-105 on acoustic bass
When I usually restring with new flats, I get the flat tone after a week or so. But with the GHS flats you get it right away. Surprising for stainless.

They feel great and they sound dark, the tone is a good balance between fat and attack, but I find them a bit imprecise in the upper register. Also, they lack a bit of tension, but it is also why they sound dark (next time I try the heavier gauge).

I've played them on a archtop acoustic bass and I will give them a try on my Epiphone Jack Casady, where I think, they belong.
By Lucas Mathes
April 24, 2011
GHS Flatwounds
Great strings! A little long, but very good. Very quiet when shifting positions, and surprisingly good high range. Thanks!
By Mike Erickson
April 1, 2011
These are the perfect strings for my Squire Fretless Jazz Base. As usual just strings' service was great.
By John Spokus
March 30, 2011
If You Want The REAL Vintage Sound
For years I was into the twangy piano tone of rounds, but then got more into playing roots music and my tastes changed. I put this set on my '80 Rickenbacker 4001, and I get a tone similar to Paul McCartney's on the later Beatles and Wings albums. These are nice and thumpy without crazy high tension. Definitely the best set of flats available for the price.
By Joe
November 6, 2010
GHS Precision Flatwound
Best Flatwound strings on the market. I have tried many others over my 30 years of playing bass. I use these strings on my 65 Fender Jazz bass and they sound great.
By fred gillen jr
July 15, 2010
Great price for good flat- wound strings.
By Derek Hickinson
June 9, 2010
GHS Electric Bass 4 String Precision Flatwound
I was fond of the Fender 9050's until ran across a youtube video about these strings and decided to give them a try. I have never looked back since; they give you a nice even rich round sound wherever you are on the fretboard. Right out of the box you will get that aged sound that I like, you don't have to play them for a few days for that to happen, unlike the 9050's. They just stay in tune, no muddy sound with these babies, just bass and i am loving them.
GHS Electric Bass 4 String Precision Flatwound 34" - 36" Scale, .045 - .105, M3050
By Trab Seyn
June 9, 2010
First Flats I've tried
And I'm incredibly impressed with the quality of these strings. The PRECISION is exactly that. The winds on these strings is so clean they look as if they are a solid unwound string. They have a huge punch and the density of the metal is likely why. I restrung a P-Bass with these and it has the punchiest, fattest tone even more so than my 5 string with a 130 on the low B. I highly recommend them if you want to go with flatwounds.
By Joshua Chandler
May 10, 2010
Standard flats
These are what I would call your basic flats, they seem to do the vintage "thump" thing rather well and have a decent amount of mwah if you need it but they don't really shine in one area more than others. If you're totally new to flats these are certainly a good place to start, but I also think a lot of people will find them boring in the long run. I did. If you need more pizazz, probably best to look elsewhere.
By Barry Hayman
May 2, 2010
GHS M3050 Flatwound Bass Strings
The strings feel and play very well. They provide just the deep tone and clarity that I was hoping to get from flatwound strings. They work great on my Fender American Precision bass.
April 5, 2010
GHS strings in general
I use GHS strings on all my basses. I use Progressives on my L-2K and T-birds, P-flats on my Jazz, and Boomers on my Ibanez 5'er. (wish they would make Progressives for 5's) All good feel and tone and realistically priced. I've dealt w/the company on the phone and they are very customer satisfaction oriented. My basses are mostly string-thru so the longer length is appreciated. I've used DR's, D'Adderio, Elixirs, Dean Markley, and Fender strings over the years but now only use GHS. I've heard much about the Thomastik Infeld but have never used them and at 3 times the cost of GHS sets, am probably not likely to.
By Allen
January 29, 2010
Very good
Great strings for the price, really worth it. The only thing is that the E string is a bit long for a 34" scale, the 105 gauge reaches the tuner a bit and it just looks weird, doesn't affect playability or sound. Overall, very good deal, I've equipped three basses with them.
By randalczaplewski
November 10, 2009
bass strings
I have been using these strings on my Gibson Thunderbird for years. great low end sound, fit great with a great price!
By John Kevil
August 12, 2009
These are the first flats I ever used. I liked them the first time, but I also wanted to try out several other brands (Chromes, Fender, LaBella Jamersons, & DR). After trying those four different sets I came back to GHS Precision Flats without hesitation. I describe the tone as rich, deep, dark and smooth. The feel is also smooth and not at all "grabby". For the tension is great, I would say a little stiffer than your average roundwound, but not much.

I think these flats compare most to LaBella Jamersons with price being the key difference. You can buy a set of Pflats for around half the cost of LaBellas.

In summary, dark smooth strings with a great feel and price.






1st G

Stainless Steel FlatwoundÔ



2nd D

Stainless Steel FlatwoundÔ



3rd A

Stainless Steel FlatwoundÔ



4th E

Stainless Steel FlatwoundÔ




"Traditional deep percussive tone with improved presence of A and E strings, thanks to cross winding of the underlay wraps. Final cover is polished stainless steel flat wrap."

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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