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GHS Octave Mandolin (8 String Set) Phosphor Bronze Regular, .012 - .044, PF285

GHS Octave Mandolin (8 String Set) Phosphor Bronze Regular, .012 - .044, PF285
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29% Recommend this product (2 of 7 responses)
By Cliff
Los Banos, CA
Off-label Use
May 12, 2021
I am always looking for better/lighter strings for my Hora mandola, into which I have invested a lot of time and effort. All of the available mandola strings I have tried are waaaaay too heavy for an instrument with a 16 inch scale, rendering it an unplayable decoration. I ran across a sympathetic article at Mandolin Cafe that recommended these strings for greater playability. Still not quite what I’m looking for, but the best I’ve used on the instrument so far.
All the courses are wound except the A, which means that they intonate correctly on a mandola. Great sound. Still kind of heavy, but better than any mandola strings I?ve tried.
By Bart
Swannanoa, NC
Great OM strings
January 16, 2021
Warm, clear sound. Slightly lighter gauge on G strings makes for better playability
Great sound. Easy playability.
By Tommy D.
Tenor too
April 25, 2017
I also use these for Irish tenor banjo, works great with that 44 on the bottom.
By Rick C.
GHS Octave Mandolin Strings
September 18, 2015
I use these (half set at a time) on a 17 fret open back tenor banjo for Irish music. I prefer a bright tone rather than soft and plunky, and these strings are great- the 44 on the bottom gets rid of the floppy low G. I'll play these as long as GHS makes them.
By trkagan
GHS Octave Mando Strings
January 2, 2011
Works fine on my Trinity College OM-325. Better sound than the lighter gauge that was on it.
By Karina A.
October 27, 2010
Great product and price and super fast shipping. Saved me a sale!!!
By robert s.
mandolin strings
October 23, 2009
Excellent strings.






1st E

Plain Steel



2nd A

Bright BronzeÔ



3rd D

Bright BronzeÔ



4th G

Bright BronzeÔ




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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