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GHS Acoustic Guitar Phosphor Bronze Light 6 Strings, .012 - .054, S325

GHS Acoustic Guitar Phosphor Bronze Light 6 Strings, .012 - .054, S325
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33% Recommend this product (2 of 6 responses)
By Michael p.
Atlantic city, New Jersey
Best Phosphor strings out there. And the loudest
June 2, 2022
I'm shocked at any negative reviews for these 12s. Maybe on a super dark dread, someone would want s crazy bright string and that's why? Not sure. But these sre clearly some of the best phosphor bronze strings there are. And definitely not dark. They're just right. And extremely loud. They're clear, rich, with a nice deep bass. And last pretty good.

People saying Dadarrio are better, I'll never understand that. Dadarrio are average, decent strings. But always metallic and thin. Nothing wrong with that but not my cup of tea, especially in 12s. Maybe their 13s.

GHS are not only rich, yet clear, but sustain wonderfully. They have just enough overtones, but aren't out of control. And are definitely the loudest PBS I've used. Besides their Americanas. And both the perfect overtones, and volume are because they use a slightly larger core wire. But not so large that it's makes them just fudemental. Make no mistake, these are phosphor. But just high quality. They also last. I also noticed that they're wrapped nice and tight if you looks close.

Now yes, a thinner core wire will make a string brighter. But that doesn't make these dark. I will never understand anyone calling these dark, and especially not dead. They're literally alive. Very loud and resonant. But yes, core wire to wrap ratio is important, or you're just getting a string thats avg, but like anything anyone else can make. Like a Dadarrio.

GHS nailed the core wire to wrap ratio and clearly uses high quality wire for both the cord and wrap.

These are the best strings I've used on my 000-28 1937 custom authentic Martin. They keep it clear with a ton of bass, and are loud as mediums but ring out like lights. These are actually the one string that after only one stretch, they're tuned to pitch, and won't go out of tune with another stretch.

If I want something slightly more string sounding, and less percussive with slightly more overtones, I use the Martin Authentics. Another great string, but doesn't last as long. But still great.

For my Martin D Mahogany 09, which is a d18 golden era with a high altitude swiss Spruce Top and bracing instead of Adirondack, I like mediums, and ghs Americana, which are the 80/20s of phosphor strings basically. Martin authentic phosphor, or John Pearse 80/20s.

I do consider these the standard though when testing any new guitar. Regardless of the size. And they blow Dadarrios away. As do the new Martin authentics. GHS imo is the best string company out there. You wanna hear dead? Try those SIT royal bronze. Talk about too thick of a core wire. I could feel and hear it immediately. And no volume which was odd.

And if you want a dark but good string, Earnie Ball is the way to go. That's dark. Or the best darker string, Newtone Double Wounds.

GHS are the string masters imo. Which is why they make like 300 different models. My favorite strings are now GHS regular Phosphor bronze and Americana phosphor, Martin Authentics regular and 2.0, and Newtone Masterclass. Anyway, that's my take. Enjoy

  • Volume
  • Sustain
  • Break in time
  • Deep bass, but Clear
  • Stay in tune
  • Rich
  • Above Avg lifespan for regular uncoated strings
  • None, unless you're looking for a super bright jangly string, or a super dark one.
By RScott
West Bloomfield, Michigan
GHS Acoustic Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge Strings
August 24, 2021
Really nice strings. I bought them to put on a custom made guitar made by a relative of mine. They sound great. Rich and boomy! And they are made in Michigan where I have lived all of my life. Intend to buy more of them when I run out.
  • Great sound, nice packaging, fast delivery, decent price.
  • None.
By Gtrdancer1
Incredible story
May 28, 2014
Bought a set at local store. Reduced priced because "discontinued". Package said, "corrosion free package". Well, they were slightly corroded inside. Called the company. Got great customer service! Admitted to me that they had a problem with their packaging and had corrected it. Sent me a free set. Free set was deader than the corroded ones. lol.. But! I had sent an email before I had called but made a mistake while sending. Didn't think they got the message. They did. Offered to send me a free set (again). I was honest and told them I already got one. Explained everything. The guy offered to send me 3 new different type sets! How kewl is that?! All for my 3.00 initial corroded package. :)) I will say, that GHS strings aren't as shrill on the high end frenquencies mostly due to the hex core, which I was interested in, but I can tell warm from dead any day. 32 yrs of playing .. pretty anal. :) So, I'm awaiting the arrival of these new brighter, hopefully fresher strings. We'll see. In meantime, I'm happily picking on my D'Addarios. More to come.
By Russ M.
GHS needs a better wrap wire
July 24, 2010
GHS makes a private label brand, DONEL strings, with a special phosphor bronze wrap wire, and the DONEL strings are magic. Sadly, the regular GHS phosphor broze strings are dull by comparison.
By Michael
GHS Light Phosphor Bronze Strings
June 11, 2010
I got a couple of light gauge sets for my guitars, because I heard from someone I trust that they were very good. I am a lifelong loyal D'Addario user. (I knew John D'Addario). I tried the GHS light gauge phosphor bronze set on my Martin, and immediately replaced them with D'Addarios! Some people may like
GHS acoustic phosphor bronze, but I won't use them again!
By Johnny C.
May 9, 2010
Very Good






1st E

Plain Steel



2nd B

Plain Steel



3rd G

Phosphor Bronze Roundwound



4th D

Phosphor Bronze Roundwound



5th A

Phosphor Bronze Roundwound



6th E

Phosphor Bronze Roundwound




"New and improved GHS PHOSPHOR BRONZE acoustic guitar strings feature a special, durable alloy of copper, tin and phosphor wound over a hex core. This combination delivers a long-lasting, rich, bright tone. The redesigned core-to-cover ratio gives increased brightness and flexibility without harsh overtones."

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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