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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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great strings!

By K-Funk

from Lapeer, MI

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Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

I've been using roundwounds on my P-bass for a while now, and never really got the tone I was after. So after hearing Ben Kenney uses these, I ran out and bought some. They sound THICK! It's just deep, smooth, sexy bass. If you're into sexy smooth bass, ala Jamerson, go for these!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fundamentally Focused

By Linnin

from The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, U.S.A

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Holds tune well
  • Long Life
  • Strong
  • Tightly Focused

Cons

  • High tension
  • Requires Playing In

Best Uses

  • Blues
  • Classic Rock
  • Concerts
  • Motown Soul
  • Practicing

Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great flats

By TopEnd

from New England

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Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

These flats produce a beautiful full, deep tone across the spectrum from low to mid and high. No undue string tension, great on the fingers, and also great on my jazz bass. I still get the definition and edge of jazz, but mellowed down a bit. They're great, and the price is great. BE CAREFUL to order the longest set if you have a string-thru-body bridge.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Strings

By vtherock

from Clarksville TN

About Me Professional Musician

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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Thumpasauraus

      By Frank

      from Los Angeles

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      Pros

      • Long Life
      • Old School Thump
      • Strong
      • Strong Fundamental

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Live
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

      Great flatwounds for a great price with great feel and the old school tone you're looking for

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Sound

      By Craig-bone/bass

      from Florissant, MO

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

      • Not Consistent

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

      Somewhat inconsistent quality, but will continue using these. The sound settles in after about 4-6 hours of use. Intonation is great. Like the fidelity of strings, but notice slight flaws not caught by manufacturer.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome!

      By Jon Gerten

      from Michigan

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      Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

      I bought these strings because our Fender P Bass at our church was sounding really poppy. We could not control the tone like we were hoping too. We have a digital board and all the effects needed and we still felt as if the bass was lacking. So i bought some flatwounds to try and even out the tone. Man was that a good decision! Our bass players love the tone and also love the playability of the flatwounds by GHS. Great set of strings!

       
      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?!

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