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GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium   

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Precision Flatwound bass strings are flatwound stainless steel and feature a traditional, deep percussive tone due to a unique cross-winding process....Click To Read More About This Product

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Precision Flatwound bass strings are flatwound stainless steel and feature a traditional, deep percussive tone due to a unique cross-winding process. The final wrap is a polished stainless steel flat wire.


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M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium

  • FB45
    FB65
    FB85
    FB105
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GHSM3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Well built / quality (7)
  • Long life (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Concerts (9)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (8), Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fundamentally Focused

These strings are very tightly focused on the fundamental tone. Over and undertones are there but are diminished/subdued. They are very solid in their attack and have great punch. They give you...Read complete review

These strings are very tightly focused on the fundamental tone. Over and undertones are there but are diminished/subdued. They are very solid in their attack and have great punch. They give you that classic Motown/Stax sound especially so if you put them on a Fender Precision bass.

Flatwounds have higher tension than rounds and hexcore is higher than round. GHS Precision Flats have a hex core and are quite high in tension. Don't be alarmed if you need a pro set-up and a tweek of the truss rod.

Once played in, they hold tune very well. The set is slightly unbalanced at first, but again once played in they balance out quite nicely. They are well polished and play beautifully. They will last for years if you keep them clean.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't care for them

Just flat out don't like the tone
Just my opinion!

Just flat out don't like the tone
Just my opinion!

Reviewed by 19 customers

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1.0

Don't care for them

By Edd

from Meadville, Pa

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

      Just flat out don't like the tone
      Just my opinion!

       
      4.0

      My Favorite Flatwound. But...

      By Jeff

      from Memphis, TN

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

      • No Longer Available in (regular) Long Scale

      Best Uses

        Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

        I've loved and used GHS Precision Flats for over 20 years. Best-sounding flats right out of the package, with no "break-in" time needed. For comparison, Chromes sound fantastic after about a month of usage, but are way too bright when new. GHS flats are perfect even when new.

        So why am I deducting one star in my review? Because they don't listen to their customers. They only offer these strings in the "Long Scale +". This "Plus" length is perfect for stringing through the body, but too long to be ideal for top-loading. For many years they were offered in both the regular "Long Scale" OR the "Long Scale Plus" (+).

        A few years ago they stopped manufacturing the "Long Scale". I was in contact with a GHS rep who assured me that they had received a number of complaints/comments about no longer offering the "Long Scales". He said that they were going to start selling them again very soon. They never did. (I prefer to top-load flatwound strings rather than go through the body so that there is less of a bend at the witness point. Additionally, some basses do not have the option of "Through-Body" versus "Top Load".)

        Recently I was told that their position now is that they will NOT reintroduce the Long Scales, and will only sell the "Plusses". Their reasoning is reportedly that the Plusses WILL work when top-loaded because the silks at the tuner end WILL fit into the shaft of the post and still be able to be wound. While that might be true, they sure don't look as good as having the proper length of string for the bass. As expensive as bass strings are, why not sell them in the PROPER length where the silks at the headstock look more uniform??

        Bottom line is that these ARE fantastic flatwound bass strings. If you plan on stringing through-body, do NOT hesitate to try these, as they are excellent. But c'mon GHS! You're a string manufacturer. Why take away a product that so many of us have been (loyally) purchasing and using for decades?!

         
        5.0

        Getting back to Funk Brothers FUNKY FUNK!

        By Shifty the Bassman

        from Erie, PA

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Smooooooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

          After years of playing Rock, Jazz & Blues - my main axe is a 66 Jazz Bass strung with GHS Bassics roundwounds, my 59 Precision is a perfect opportunity to try a completely different approach - going back to the flatwound Motown sound of James Jamerson - and that's a whole, new style for me.

           
          5.0

          These are quality strings

          By bassman

          from Grand Rapids, Michigan

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

            I just really like the feel of flatwounds or halfrounds. I play bass in a couple of bands that feature classic songs from the 60's & 70's and whether I use a pick or my fingers, the smooth feel of these strings is a pleasure. With the various tone controls on the guitar and most amps you can create a brighter tone that some people say is sacrificed when using roundwounds. Not an issue for me, I have roundwounds or halfrounds on 3 of my 4 basses now. GHS is a good string.

             
            4.0

            using these on my practice bass

            By Flip

            from ohio

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

              I like em

               
              5.0

              Classic sound

              By PJ

              from Western Mass

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

                I use these on my Precision. Great tone, a little easier on my fingers than the round wounds.

                 
                5.0

                Great tone and feel!

                By Kevin

                from San Jose, CA

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

                    Life long roundwound user and have been very happy with GHS Boomers but decided to give flatwounds a try as I primarily play Blues now and was looking for a deeper tone. Installed these on my Jazz bass and was instantly rewarded with the tone I was looking for. Warm and deep, but still bright enough to cut through the mix. Added benefit is no more string squeaking when sliding into a note. Great strings and I'll get a set for my G&L L2500 next and see how the work with an active set up. Too bad I'll have to buy them somewhere else though as MF doesn't stock them.

                     
                    5.0

                    I Love GHS flatwouds on my fretless Bass i will buy more

                    By Rodney

                    from Northern Kentucy

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

                      I have ordered a lot of stuff from MF and its always been quality product these GHS Bass flatwounds are durable long life good tone I use them on my Fender Jazz fretless

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Strings

                      By vtherock

                      from Clarksville TN

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

                          Great tight strings that have a fine old school feel and sound. They will only get better with age. Love them and will purchase for all my basses.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Recedived product on time. was exactly a

                          By Jimmy

                          from Virginia beach, VA

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

                          Exactly as advertised, good price, received strings in timely manner.

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