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Roundwound nickel-plated steel delivers passion, power, and performance.

Gauges: 9-11-16-26-36-46.

The dynamite alloy Boomers continue to be the standard
to play by. 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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    GHSGBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings
     
    4.6

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Consistent (10)
    • Good tone (10)
    • Long life (8)
    • Well built / quality (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (6)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Back-up (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    KILLER Strings!!!

    When I first started playing guitar, I used GHS Boomers but I was so inexperienced, I didn't know the differences between string brands and their construction. I was too busy learning how to...Read complete review

    When I first started playing guitar, I used GHS Boomers but I was so inexperienced, I didn't know the differences between string brands and their construction. I was too busy learning how to play. As I got better, I switched to D'addarios because my teacher used them and gave me a couple sets. Fast forward 25 years...I recently tried the GHS Boomers custom lights (the .046 stays at better tension for my occasional drop D playing) and LOVED the tone. Maybe not as bright as the D'addarios initially are, but the D'ads seem to tarnish fast and their tone dies quicker. That seems to be happening a lot lately with the D'ads. Maybe different raw materials supplier? Who knows? But the GHS's have incredible tone, awesome harmonic content with excellent mids, plenty of bite and tight low end. I play hard rock and classic metal.

    I also have found out that GHS Boomers are ROUND core strings vs. Hex core. The wrap wire makes contact with the entire core wire instead of just biting on the edges like on hex cores. This is the reason for the perceived boost in volume, awesome sustain, increased tonal/harmonic content, silky feel and easy bendability. They still have plenty enough tension for my heavy handed pick attack. Whatever their formula is for the alloy they use seems to be a difference too. More magnetically active I guess. Whatever the mojo is... they're AWESOME strings. One of my "secret weapons".

    Do NOT dismiss these as "beginners strings" as I've heard some people call them. Visit their site and see their roster of artists. I mean Eric Johnson (KING of tone) uses GHS, as does Dave Mustaine, although a different kind. Haven't broken one yet and have had this set on for about 3 weeks and the tone is JUST now starting to noticeably fade. But I play a couple of hours a day. So, not too shabby! I won't say they should NEVER break because that's unrealistic. But so far, so good.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Worst Strings EVER!!

    These strings are such a beating--The sound was fine but I spent as much time replacing them as I did playing them (at least the e/b/g-strings)--I am not a...Read complete review

    These strings are such a beating--The sound was fine but I spent as much time replacing them as I did playing them (at least the e/b/g-strings)--I am not a "string pounder" and yet I just broke my freaking 8th string in seven days. I got ten packs of them a couple of months ago thinking it would be more than I would need for a few months and I've already burned through most of them--maybe I just got a bad batch--I remember GHS being reputable back in the day but the ones I ended up with SUCKED! What a waste of cashish.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    KILLER Strings!!!

    By MetalMan

    from Central Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy Bends
    • Endless Sustain
    • Good Tone
    • Great Harmonic Content
    • Long Life
    • Nice Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      When I first started playing guitar, I used GHS Boomers but I was so inexperienced, I didn't know the differences between string brands and their construction. I was too busy learning how to play. As I got better, I switched to D'addarios because my teacher used them and gave me a couple sets. Fast forward 25 years...I recently tried the GHS Boomers custom lights (the .046 stays at better tension for my occasional drop D playing) and LOVED the tone. Maybe not as bright as the D'addarios initially are, but the D'ads seem to tarnish fast and their tone dies quicker. That seems to be happening a lot lately with the D'ads. Maybe different raw materials supplier? Who knows? But the GHS's have incredible tone, awesome harmonic content with excellent mids, plenty of bite and tight low end. I play hard rock and classic metal.

      I also have found out that GHS Boomers are ROUND core strings vs. Hex core. The wrap wire makes contact with the entire core wire instead of just biting on the edges like on hex cores. This is the reason for the perceived boost in volume, awesome sustain, increased tonal/harmonic content, silky feel and easy bendability. They still have plenty enough tension for my heavy handed pick attack. Whatever their formula is for the alloy they use seems to be a difference too. More magnetically active I guess. Whatever the mojo is... they're AWESOME strings. One of my "secret weapons".

      Do NOT dismiss these as "beginners strings" as I've heard some people call them. Visit their site and see their roster of artists. I mean Eric Johnson (KING of tone) uses GHS, as does Dave Mustaine, although a different kind. Haven't broken one yet and have had this set on for about 3 weeks and the tone is JUST now starting to noticeably fade. But I play a couple of hours a day. So, not too shabby! I won't say they should NEVER break because that's unrealistic. But so far, so good.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Stri

      By IbanezFreak-j-Yoz

      from Caguas, PR

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      Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      These are my favorite strings. Been using them for over 20 years. I've tried other materials and brands, but others just don't compare to the great durability and tone that I get with these. This particular gauge makes my guitar more versatile, as the low strings are thicker (like a set of 10's) and the high strings are thinner (like a set of 9's). Great balance for rhythm and lead.Currently trying out the 9 1/2's and later will try the 10's, but I would have no problem at all going back to these comfortable old friends.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My search for strings is officially over!!!

      By CC@SinCity

      from Las Vegas, NV

      Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      I used to believe that strings were strings regardless of manufacturer. I've tried D'Addario, Ernie Ball, DR, Rotosound, Elixer and Dunlop before trying GHS Boomers. These are the first strings I've used that you can actually hear an audible difference in tone. They sound slightly brighter and have a tad more tension than any other strings that I've used in over a decade of playing. These babies tuned to D on my Ibanez S5470 are pure magic! Notes are more percussive and shredding up and down the neck has never sounded so good.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Durable

      By Zolafrog

      from Flint, MI

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      Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      These strings last long periods of time w/o breaking, despite what some reviews might say. (Maybe those people had rough saddles on their bridge that cut through their strings?) I've played for months in a row on these strings, although as expected the sound quality dissipates after awhile. These strings can take the abuse of bending and hard strumming for prolonged periods of time. If you're looking for durability, these are your strings.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Still great

      By Ken

      from Arizona Usa

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

          I have been playing electric guitar since 1967. I've played numerous different brands of string since then but since I settled on Boomers I have never looked back. They sound better, for a longer period of time, and I have only had a set or two which hand a bad string in them. I have used hundreds of their string sets so, out of that, 2 or 3 bad strings is an incredible percentage.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Too Tense

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

          I bought this particular set of strings figuring that since the bottom strings were heavier than conventional light sets, I'd get a fuller tone on the lows. I was not disappointed there, but for a .009 gauge string, my high-E is extremely hard to bend! Sure, the strings are very durable, but the extra strength required to bend the E string two steps is something I've never experienced in a light-gauge string. The strings sound fine and they last, but I'll have to look for a light set that feels like one.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Killer Strings

          By kirk mcknight

          from TX

          Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

          Great strings with great sound and long lasting and easy to tune. Only strings I will ever use on my Fender Strat.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          twanger's delite

          By teletwanger

          from Manchester, NH

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          Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

          I've used these strings for the past 5 years. I used to use D'Addario 009-042's. I found that when I go to stretch them I always end up breaking the high E string. I went back to the GHS CL's because I they last a long time. For those who are having trouble bending your 009, this is what I did. First, I use these on a Fender Telecaster for I play a lot of country. I originally set up this guitar for 10's, but when I saw the GBCL's I said "perfect tele strings".

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I ALWAYS come back to the Boomers

          By The Bret Man

          from Iowa City, IA

          See all my reviews

          Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

          After over 20 years live playing experience I've tried every brand of strings known to Western Science, and I ALWAYS come back to GHS Boomers. I prefer this gauge of strings for my style of playing, but regular lights work for me almost as well. They sound great, they're well made, and they're durable. They're also fairly inexpensive, so for me it's a no-brainer. GHS Boomers for life here!

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          WOW!

          By Paul Prinsloo

          from Arizona

          See all my reviews

          Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

          I have over 40 years guitar experience primarily on acoustic and on these I have been using Elixir Nanoweb strings. However the Elixirs do not sound right for me on electric and hence I have been on a quest to find the right strings for my home built baby, an ash Tele with beautiful action.

          I tried Fender and these were rather nice but switched to Ernie Balls in my quest for a coated string. Bad idea! DAddarios were not quiet there as were Cleartone. I was about to give in and go to the Fenders again when my son presented me with this set of GHS strings as a birthday present. (The guy is a full time student with a part time job and the fact that he actually used some of his hard earned money to buy me a present instead of buying beer for himself was touching,)

          Best present ever! These strings snap and sparkle. I have bought a couple of additional sets and these are destined for the Strat and the Mike Kelly.
          Best elecric strings ever!
          As far as sound on a tele goes, these are the best I have tried
          Great price.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best strings EVER!!!

          By Jonny V

          from Boston, MA

          Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

          I have been playing on these babies for 2 years (not the same set obviously) and before these I used the extra lights (9-42's) I have never ever broken a string live or even in practice. Aside from being super reliable they are very bright and just changing the strings can bring the bright harmonics alive again!

           
          4.0

          Good choice

          By KZ

          from Fond du Lac, WI

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

            Good quality strings at a great price - excellent choice of gauges

            Service and delivery comments:

            Fast delivery & free shipping - what's not to like?

             
            5.0

            great stings

            By m

            from san jose

            About Me Novice

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

              great

               
              5.0

              OK, What's Up With This Packaging

              By Clayton

              from Hagerstown, MD

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

              • Packaging

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

              I have used these strings for years and I still maintain they are the best strings for the money and tone. I will continue to buy only these strings for the foreseeable future, but I have to say, I'm not liking the new packaging. They use to come in the usual paper envelope, but have moved to a plastic packaging which wouldn't be bad if they made it so you could open them without scissors. I mean the last thing you wan to do when changing your strings is to add scissors to your string-changing toolbox. Can't GHS just make them so they can be opened with your hands by pulling the package open?

               
              5.0

              Have been using these for years.

              By None

              from Camas Washington

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I use GHS custom light strings on 4 of my guitars. They seem to hold their tone and stay in tune as well as any other strings. I have tried other more expensive strings when I could not find these and was not happy with them. Will stick with GHS CL strings.

                   
                  5.0

                  Outstanding value

                  By Murray

                  from undisclosed

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I've used these for years, I find them the best value for long lasting tone and quality.

                   
                  5.0

                  GREAT STRINGS

                  By Fats

                  from Lawton, Ok

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                    I have played Custom Lights for years and they always give me the sound ai want. Only string I use. Play mostly country some old blues and 50's.

                     
                    5.0

                    NOT MUCH TO ADD...

                    By Rick Marshall

                    from Milwaukee, WI

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                      Others have said most of this (except the "one star" guy who raved about them! Huh?) I've been playing for ***ahem*** five decades and GHS are simply the best. I play classic rock and blues, and these give a beefy lower end with the extra light gauge on top. I won't play anything else.

                       
                      5.0

                      Good sound

                      By integrated

                      from Bay City, OR

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Tone
                      • Quality Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                          I have seen many different kinds of
                          strings and this product has what
                          I was looking for sustained
                          sound.
                          I even decided to put some on my
                          non electric guitar and it sounds
                          good too this is a good choice.

                           
                          5.0

                          The only string I use for my electrics

                          By Joe Forlini

                          from Austin , texas

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          See all my reviews

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts

                            Comments about GHS GBCL Boomers Custom Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                            VHS Boomers are the one thing I don't have to worry about for a show. I've been using them foe thirty years. I can count on them. When I'm playing " Mr. Bojangles with Jerry Jeff, I want to sound good, and I don't want to break a string!

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