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GHS Electric Guitar Pure Nickel Rollerwound True Med., .013 - .056, TM1500

GHS Electric Guitar Pure Nickel Rollerwound True Med., .013 - .056, TM1500
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By Malcolm M.
GHS TM 1500 strings
August 15, 2017
This may be the "oldest" set of strings in the GHS catalog. I say this because I used the True Medium set back in the 1970s.
Recently I have tried them again. I found them to be a bit stiffer than I remembered, but it isn't me being a bit older (I think), because I have been using Boomer 13s for years.
I decided on an experiment. I ordered Individual Boomer strings and made a set of TM 1500 with Boomers instead of the standard strings. They feel pretty good, Real good for slide and nice for an Eb tuning, so often demanded by singers.
Bestest, Malcolm
By drawbridge
Perfect for Peavey Powerslide
October 2, 2013
These are the exact gauge strings listed in the manual for the Peavey Powerslide. Not sure if this is the set they use as stock, but it's the only set I could find with .013, .017, .024, .032, .042 and .056.
By MikeD
Great on my Malcolm Gretsch
July 15, 2011
These work great for a strong rhythm tone on my Gretsch, nice bright and balanced tone between the wound strings and plain ones.

Good luck soloing with these though!
The GHS low-tuned heavy string set would be a better choice for that.
By Drake
Great for playin the Blues in Eb
July 12, 2011
Well there isn't much I can say about strings except it all comes down to personal taste. Some people want to get that twangy or a brighter sound, some want more of a mellow or dark sound. Feel is also a big factor in deciding strings, find something that fits you. I have used everything from flatwounds, to rollerwounds, to roundwounds, and have decided the rollerwounds are more my style. They still have that bright bite a lot of people want, but can also get that mellow sound of a flatwound without the strange feel of the smooth strings.

Just for the record these are some THICK strings. As in if you don't have some strong hands you may not be able to handle these. Go grab an acoustic with a set of mediums on there and see what you think. If you like it these might be for you, if not keep searching there's a set somewhere out there for you.

Also to be honest I have been told multiple times that SRV used these strings so that might also be a reason why I took to them so much. Whether or not that is true these strings are beast.






1st E

Plain Steel



2nd B

Plain Steel



3rd G

Pure Nickel Rollerwound



4th D

Pure Nickel Rollerwound



5th A

Pure Nickel Rollerwound



6th E

Pure Nickel Rollerwound




"These bright-sounding, smooth-feeling sets are great for rhythm guitar or jazz. They play in tune, 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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