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GHS GB8 1/2 Boomers Ultra Light+ Electric Guitar Strings   

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Gauges .0085, .0105, .014, .22, .32, .40. Roundwound nickel-plated steel delivers passion, power and performance. The bright, long-lasting tone conti...Read More

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The dynamite alloy Boomers continue to be the standard to play by.

Gauges .0085, .0105, .014, .22, .32, .40. Roundwound nickel-plated steel delivers passion, power and performance. The bright, long-lasting tone continues to be THE POWER STRING. GHS has made the highest quality strings since 1964. The choice of numerous guitar greats.

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GHSGB8 1/2 Boomers Ultra Light+ Electric Guitar Strings
 
5.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Long life (7)
  • Well built / quality (7)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

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5.0

Fills a nice niche.

By Matt

from Brooklyn, NY

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about GHS GB8 1/2 Boomers Ultra Light+ Electric Guitar Strings:

      I tried these because I have a guitar that felt tight with .009s. These strings solved that issue plus they feel & sound excellent. It didn't take long to adjust, either.

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      5.0

      Used On All Models

      By Bleikr

      from West Virginia

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      Pros

      • Bends Well
      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about GHS GB8 1/2 Boomers Ultra Light+ Electric Guitar Strings:

        Searching for a one-set-fits-all, these pretty much fill the requirements. May not be best for a heavy picker, and shorter scale guitars may get a buzz on 3rd G played near the nut frets due to the lighter gauge. These are also excellent for bending - even the wound strings can be pulled far beyond heavier gauge sets.

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        5.0

        I found my perfect string

        By Brian J

        from Wesley Chapel FL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy to Play
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about GHS GB8 1/2 Boomers Ultra Light+ Electric Guitar Strings:

          I don't like high string tension on a strat. After trying every custom gauge at standard and E flat standard I have found these,which are the perfect tension for my Eric Johnson strat (also bought from Musicians Friend ).Play smart,not hard.No need to play heavy gauge strings ,for me anyways ..

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          5.0

          Excellent

          By Sweetie

          from lynnville, TN

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about GHS GB8 1/2 Boomers Ultra Light+ Electric Guitar Strings:

              Using on my Gibson Les Paul custom tuing Eb playing through a Marshall amp with ultra distortion. Great tone, excellent for bending strings, playing fast and awesome harmonics. I play metal with a light touch...if you bash away at your strings...these strings aren't for you. They are excellent with my playing technique and equipment.

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              5.0

              Long time GHS user, new to 8 1/2

              By One Old Guy

              from Tulsa, OK

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about GHS GB8 1/2 Boomers Ultra Light+ Electric Guitar Strings:

                Switched to GHS strings after using other brands for 15 years. I noticed that a set of Boomers would stay in tune better than the other brands & would hold up for an entire week (6 nights) when other brands wouldn't go much past four nights. However in those days I used 11-52. It took awhile before I tried the 9-42s but once there I used that gauge for 20 years. When they came out I tried a set of 8 1/2-40 & it made a great difference to me personally. I was pleased that I didn't lose any tone by going to a lighter gauge yet found them to be much easier to control for vibrato, bends, etc. I love 'em & use 'em for everything now. I wish GHS would come out with an all-nickel (Nickel Rockers, Burnished Nickel, etc.) in the 8 1/2-40 gauge.

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                5.0

                Great strings, Ive been using them for years!!

                By Mark

                from Palm Harbor Fl

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about GHS GB8 1/2 Boomers Ultra Light+ Electric Guitar Strings:

                  Love them, wouldn't use anything else!!

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                  5.0

                  Great for bends.

                  By d

                  from central Fl.

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about GHS GB8 1/2 Boomers Ultra Light+ Electric Guitar Strings:

                      I have a schecter C-1 pro which is like a C-1 artist.(25.5" Scale, fixed bridge,string through body.) Awesome guitar but the bends can be a little tough after a while no matter what string or set up that I tried. So I found a set of these GHS 8.5's and was amazed how they bend a little further but still felt like 9's. Strong sound. They last quite a while and seem to be the solution for this guitar and my aging hands.

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                      5.0

                      Great strings

                      By JIm

                      from upstate NY

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about GHS GB8 1/2 Boomers Ultra Light+ Electric Guitar Strings:

                          I play lead guitar in a classic rock band. I injured my fretting hand in and industrial accident in '03 and hard a hard time after that with the 9-40's. The 8-38's were noodly and didn't stay in tune. The 8.5-40's hold the tone, stay in tune, take a beating, and are easy to bend. 25.5 scales are tighter--- most 24.75 are good. Every now and then a 24.75 will feel a little loose. The GHS seem to hold their tone and bite week after week, along with their strength. Used them for 10 years--- stickin' with them. A good deal.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          8-1/2 ultra light strings

                          By Tia C

                          from South Florida

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to chord
                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing
                          • Use for everything

                          Comments about GHS GB8 1/2 Boomers Ultra Light+ Electric Guitar Strings:

                          Being a female guitar player, I love the fact that the gauge of these strings lets me easily play chords of all types while still making for a great sound - the only place I have found this size strings is through Musicians Friend - so thank you for that

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