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GHS Banjo 5 String Phosphor Bronze Medium, .011-.026, PF160

GHS Banjo 5 String Phosphor Bronze Medium, .011-.026, PF160
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23% Recommend this product (3 of 13 responses)
By Bob
Savannah, GA
Got my strings
July 23, 2022
As always…great selection and outstanding service. No better place to buy your strings regardless of instrument.
Wonderful company to do business with! Con???? You have got to be kidding! No cons with this most recent order or any other order that I have placed.
By Wild d.
Kingston ny
Best strings ever!
July 9, 2022
Love the .26 phospher bronze thumper
By Mark
Hallowell, Maine
Great Store...Great Strings
December 21, 2020
The GHS strings are exactly what I need and can always get them as I need them from Just Strings.
By Thomas J.
GHS - PF160
March 18, 2015
I have used these on my Vega long-neck for several years and really like their sound. The slightly heavier gauge (1st = .011" and 4th = .026") works well for my picking and strumming style.
By Gary S.
GHS Phosphor/Bronze Strings
December 21, 2014
I'm an old 60s folksinger who plays solo to accompany my singing on a Deering Classic Goodtime Two. Love the mellow sound that theses strings have. I don't do a lot of bluegrass jamming, but the few time I have, they more than hold their own. I have tried some others (J.D. Crowe, Nickle wound lights and mediums), and for a while even went to heavier gauge strings with a wound third and fourth while tuning down to D, but I always come back to these.
By Dick W.
January 20, 2012
Great strings for a '60's "Geezer." I use PF160's on a 1964 Vega Whyte Laydie with a custom X-Long maple neck . PF160's really fit my needs. I use an Alaska Pic over my middle fingernail for frailing and clawhammer with bare thumb and find it easy to use 2 and 3 finger folk techniques without using pics. I also use GHS's on my other two vintage 5 strings - with singles to adjust for my style.
By Ron B.
GHS Phosphor Bronze strings
April 29, 2011
I like the sound of these strings on my banjo - bright, lots of sustain. I too have had fourth string break on me. Scared the pants off me since I never had a string break while I was tuning it. They lasted longer than other strings I bought (about 8 weeks instead of 6) before they needed changing. Best sounding string so far and I will continue to buy them.
By ken g.
phosphor bronze strings
February 11, 2011
By kelly c.
GHS PF 160 banjo strings
August 23, 2010
I have a Pete Seeger type long neck banjo made from a 1931 Vega tenor banjo pot (11 13/16 inches dia.?) and a very well crafted modern neck. I use a heavier gauge string due to the increased neck length. I like playing down in Bb without using the capo. These strings are warm, respond well, and are durable. I have not used any other string since I bought the banjo 10 years ago.
By mike a.
May 4, 2010
OK, but not great. I would rate them just below Earl Scruggs strings.
By Big K.
GHS PB Strings
March 12, 2010
The PB strings have now been fitted to my Dojo and will be fitted to my Banjo too when I want a slightly warmer tone over the stainless.

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) but different string weights will have different effects on different banjos/ dojos.

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. 'Ernie ball' 'earthwood' are the only ones that come close, but still they're no match for these for sheer playability. I can see why a lot of professional players recommend these

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 Don
October 21, 2009
I love the way these strings sound but I've been having trouble with the wound string breaking. It's probably just me but I've broken two of them. I've started winding them on the peg differently to see if that corrects my problem. I'll let you know on my next order.
By Rich E.
Banjo Strings
August 15, 2009
I like these strings the best. I play a Steling banjo and these work good for the highs and lows.






1st D

Plain Steel



2nd B

Plain Steel



3rd G

Plain Steel



4th D

Phosphor Bronze



5th G

Plain Steel




"Loop end sets are extra long (42" Winding) to fit any banjo. Loops are special shape to fit a variety of tailpieces. Plain steel strings feature GHS Lock Twist to stay in tune."

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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