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

Gauges 11-15-18-26-36-50

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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    GHSGBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings
     
    4.6

    (based on 38 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good tone (11)
    • Consistent (9)
    • Well built / quality (9)
    • Long life (8)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (9)
    • Concerts (8)
    • Back-up (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Brilliance and Resilience

    I broke a string today, a GBM high "E." I put these on my Maestro SC in June of last year, but from argument's sake, we'll call it 1 July 2012....Read complete review

    I broke a string today, a GBM high "E." I put these on my Maestro SC in June of last year, but from argument's sake, we'll call it 1 July 2012. Conservatively, I'd say I play about thirty minutes in an average day, and I detune, retune, thrash, tap, leave my guitar out of its case at all times in varying temperatures and humidity...I'm pretty much a guitar tech's worst nightmare. That said, let's do the math: half-hour a day, 184 days, that would be 92 hours of playing I put these things through. The other five have held the ringing bite they had over half a year ago, and I've run them into the ground. I'm ordering more immediately after I submit this, as should anyone who wants gorgeous-sounding, resilient, inexpensive strings.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Bought this 2 days ago, now they are rusted.

    Ok, so my previous set of strings on my SG were Elixers(nanoweb)Light gauge (a little weird for thrash metal) so I headed to a music shop after my high E snapped...Read complete review

    Ok, so my previous set of strings on my SG were Elixers(nanoweb)Light gauge (a little weird for thrash metal) so I headed to a music shop after my high E snapped and I was looking for Elixers in Med. gauge but it turned out that they didn't have any so Mr. Employee tells me to try out these ghs boomers only 5$ he says opposed to 11$ for the Elixers. Hesitantly I accept I get home play for about an hour (some metal) wipe the strings down with a clean cloth, sleep, go to school, come back, take my guitar out of its case, begin to play and I notice it feels funny on the D and B strings, turns out they've both rusted in 2 separate places on the strings, I estimate they will have a maximum life of about a week before I have to change them. I take care of my strings My old Elixers(nanoweb) lasted 4 MONTHS! and never rusted. on the pro side I was impressed with the "Metal" sound I got from the boomers (because of gauge change?") but they love to make that noise when you slide a powerchord up and down the fretboard which gets annoying and the Elixers don't do that. Tread carefully if you consider buying these.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    roundcore/alloy=great strings

    By phishy

    from houston

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

      boomers are different. they have a roundcore which makes for better contact with the wrap. better sustain and longer life. this is truth not hype. DR strings, dean markley vintage, and boomers all have round cores. boomers also have the alloy which makes for great punch and attack. try a few sets for a few months. you'll never use hex core strings again.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GHS ROCK!

      By Bluesman21

      from Oceanside CA

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

          These strings are a perfect example of perfect set of strings time after time. They produce the most output I have ever heard in my opinion. I have tried the cobalts and diff brands to compare and nothing matches the big boom sound of GHS Boomers. These strings are perfect for Rock and Blues. Go out today and try a set. Trust me you wont regret it:)

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I always come back to these

          By AngolaJonno

          from Indiana

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          Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

          I have played guitar for about 10 years now. I started with GHS Boomeres because they were cheap. Over the years i have used just about every sting set on the market. From DR to Elixer, to Slinky's and Blue Steel. They all cost more than these boomers, so they must be better right??? WRONG!!! GHS strings are in my opinion the best on the market. Their quality and price are unbeatable. Their tone is powerful and full. They have a very slick feel, almost begging you to play faster. I live in Michigan about 10 minutes from Battle Creek were these strings are made. I have dealt with the company directly, and taken tours of the facility. They are some of the nicest, and honest people i have ever dealt with. I worked at a local music store that carried their strings, and they always went out of their way to give great customer service. I cant say enough good things about the company or their products. Please dont let their small price fool you, they are the best.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The only string I use....

          By Barcode Screamer

          from Winchester, Va

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

            I used many brands until 10 years ago I started using Boomers.I play different styles of music from blues to metal, and no string seems to hold it's brilliant tone as long as these do. I am rough on strings and sweat big-time..... I get lazy and play 5 gigs (as well as all the rehearsal) with them before I start calling the current set my "lucky" strings and make plans to change them.. You can't go wrong with Boomers.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Brilliance and Resilience

            By Mr. Serious

            from The Shallow End of the Gene Pool

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Clean
              • Concerts
              • Dirty
              • Lead
              • Practicing
              • Rhythm

              Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

              I broke a string today, a GBM high "E." I put these on my Maestro SC in June of last year, but from argument's sake, we'll call it 1 July 2012. Conservatively, I'd say I play about thirty minutes in an average day, and I detune, retune, thrash, tap, leave my guitar out of its case at all times in varying temperatures and humidity...I'm pretty much a guitar tech's worst nightmare. That said, let's do the math: half-hour a day, 184 days, that would be 92 hours of playing I put these things through. The other five have held the ringing bite they had over half a year ago, and I've run them into the ground. I'm ordering more immediately after I submit this, as should anyone who wants gorgeous-sounding, resilient, inexpensive strings.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A good & heavy gauge for standard tuning

              By Ampbox

              from MD, USA

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              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I needed to find a set of strings that would play well on a 24-fret guitar if tuned to Standard tuning. And as many gauges as D'Addario makes, I couldn't find one set that'd achieve what I wanted. So, I looked at GHS Boomers because I know for one that they have some 'pop' to their sound. Plus, I wanted to see if GHS had sets that were more agreeable to me.

                  The 11-50 set works for me as a Metal player. I needed some low end beef and the gauges included for the bass strings are better for standard tuning on my guitar (Jackson Soloist). The low E string gauged at 50 is solid, but not as brutal to bend as a 52 would be. And what really sold me on this set of gauges were the D and A strings which are two gauges lower than what D'Addario had on their 11-49 set.

                  The top strings don't flop around when you're soloing and are strong-sounding which are things I desire.

                  One thing I do believe the D'Addario's I've tried have that's better than the GHS Boomers are in the area of tone. The Boomers sound flatter in comparison, but I think the Boomers allow you to dial in a more accurate sound for your particular style of music. D'Addario's also sound beefier at this gauge IME.

                  These strings seem to last and don't wear down quickly. Although one of the unwound strings had some wear on it at the end that would go to the headstock, but I didn't find it to be problematic and as I've mentioned - these strings seem to wear well and are durable.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I always come back to these strings!

                  By 777-HaOW-

                  from Shepherdsville, Kentucky

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                  Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I've been using GHS Boomers .11 gauge strings for 7 years and I consider them a major part of my personal tone. Strings have so much to do with you're overall tone and shouldn't be an afterthought. Occasionally, I'll try a different brand or gauge when I buy a new guitar, cause something will seem to rock when it's new and the lighter gauges will play so much easier. But I always end up putting GHS .11's on everything for two reasons; Tone and "overall" Playability! GHS strings are bright, powerful, puchy and toneful, they stay in tune and last long. I play Strats and P-90 pickup guitar's and Boomer's are the cheap way to that hot overwound sound; every one of my guitar's sound and play better with GHS 11 gauge Boomer strings.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Bright

                  By gF02OveQ3

                  from Bristol, CT

                  Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I use these strings on my SG Standard and my ES-335. Very bright and lively sounding. Great for Classic Rock, Blues, Country and Jazz.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great strings............but............

                  By IbanezGOD-imrpQ

                  from Wellington, New Zealand

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                  Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                  Great strings, they have fantastic tone, chuck em on and it will literally blow you away how nice they sound. The problem I believe however lies in the gauges of the low strings. Playing 'E' power chords is very muddy as the .50 gauge to the .36 gauge is too big of a difference. Playing 'A' power chords is fine, but the difference in sound from an 'E' to an 'A' power chord is too great and in my opinion doesn't flow very well for fast rock tunes.I think they would be fantastic for metal, hence I have given them a good review. For you other rockers out there who like to play hard and fast power chords, and like to de-tune, go for D'addario EXL115 11-49. The A string is .38 gauge as opposed to .36 and makes a heck of a difference.Overall though, great strings, but beware, they are best left to the mettlers!

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great when new, rust very quickly

                  By Defemation

                  from SoCal

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                  Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                  Awesome strings when brand new, slick feeling, and a pleasure to feel beneath the fingertips. In my experience, they seem to fade and rust fairly quickly, so I gave them a 3 for features. I only got 3 months out of the last set, and that's because I stretched their life as far as I could. The strings fell below my acceptable level, in probably 45 days. No snapped strings yet. I just(11/18/09) put on a fresh pack, so we'll see how long they last this time. Overall, very pleased with the strings when new, but they don't last. Buy multiple packs so you're always ready to replace when needed.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful

                  By Double A-k_cV4

                  from Lebanon, Ky

                  Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                  These strings are honestly the best Ive ever put on my strat. Ive experimented with mant types and I find none have a more beautiful sound than GHS Boomers.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Sweet !

                  By zero-G9N0o

                  from Los Angeles, CA

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                  Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                  These are the best strings I have ever played ! I have a set tuning down to C (C-F-A#-D#-G-C) and I feel the tension of the strings are really nice ! I play in a Techni. death metal band, and this strings are perfect for everything from jazz to death metal, from hard rock to heavy metal, anything, buy a set you won't regret it.

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Bought this 2 days ago, now they are rusted.

                  By Joey-m.nr4

                  from Asheville NC

                  Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                  Ok, so my previous set of strings on my SG were Elixers(nanoweb)Light gauge (a little weird for thrash metal) so I headed to a music shop after my high E snapped and I was looking for Elixers in Med. gauge but it turned out that they didn't have any so Mr. Employee tells me to try out these ghs boomers only 5$ he says opposed to 11$ for the Elixers. Hesitantly I accept I get home play for about an hour (some metal) wipe the strings down with a clean cloth, sleep, go to school, come back, take my guitar out of its case, begin to play and I notice it feels funny on the D and B strings, turns out they've both rusted in 2 separate places on the strings, I estimate they will have a maximum life of about a week before I have to change them. I take care of my strings My old Elixers(nanoweb) lasted 4 MONTHS! and never rusted. on the pro side I was impressed with the "Metal" sound I got from the boomers (because of gauge change?") but they love to make that noise when you slide a powerchord up and down the fretboard which gets annoying and the Elixers don't do that. Tread carefully if you consider buying these.

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again

                  By Roy

                  from Buda, Texas (Austin area)

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                    Sound great, never break

                     
                    4.0

                    a bit better than average

                    By K Lamb

                    from forks wa.

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                    Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                    These strings actually do give a slight but noticable increase in sound. not particulary long lasting but about average for uncoated strings.

                     
                    5.0

                    Slide guitar

                    By Skeeter

                    from Mississippi

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts

                      Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                      Decided to try these strings for slide. They surprised me and have done an excellent job.

                       
                      5.0

                      Yep, Just the way I like 'em

                      By ROKSolid

                      from Colorado

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good feel
                      • Good Tone
                      • Great for beginners
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Larger Hands
                        • Learning
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                        Used a different brand/size when I first started years ago (by recomendation). Remembered I found this size to be much easier for me and bought them for my son to learn on. He is enjoying them very much. He has since started trying to learn by ear how to pick up notes from songs and is progressing well. I have a feeling he will stay with these strings for quite a while.

                         
                        5.0

                        good strinds

                        By zeke

                        from Florida

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                          I have used these strings many years , even when I had a late dan electro guitar. I have put these on my Granddaughters guitar which I bought her.

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Mediocre

                          By GideonD

                          from Staunton, VA

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                          Pros

                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                          • Corrosion
                          • Not Consistent
                          • Too Stretchy

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup

                          Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                          Overall, these strings sound fine. Decent tone and good brightness. However, they have corrosion spots on them right out of a sealed pack. They also seem to stretch forever. I've been constantly returning for the past week and just now getting to the point where they seem to be settling down and keeping tune.

                           
                          5.0

                          Great strings for a heavy tone

                          By Xerum26

                          from SLO, CA

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                          Pros

                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Low Tuning
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about GHS GBM Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings:

                            I bought these strings when I first began pursuing heavier tones and still use them after much experimenting. These strings will take a beating and still scream for you. I use them on my 24 frett ESP LTD AX360 and love them.

                            One concern is that with these heavier gauge strings you may need to adjust your intonation to allow your strigns to properly intonate. Heavy gauge strings aren't right for all guitars. for example I would never put these on my 22 frett ibanez s-series. Generally longer necks and higher action is better for heavier strings.

                            Cheers! Keep shredding

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