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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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  • FB65
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GHSM3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (15)
  • Consistent (13)
  • Well built / quality (10)
  • Long life (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (13)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Back-up (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (9)

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!

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(5 of 5 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!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fundamentally Focused

By Linnin

from Waynesboro, Virginia USA

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great flats

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

My Favorite Flatwound. But...

By Jeff

from Memphis

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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?!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great tone and feel!

    By Kevin W

    from Georgetown Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

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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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Strings

        By vtherock

        from Clarksville TN

        About Me Professional Musician

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        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 2 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

            About Me Professional Musician

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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!

             
            5.0

            Great Feeling Strings

            By Sukedc

            from New York

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

              These sound great from the get go. They will sound even better the more you play them. The feel is awesome and you can really glide all over the neck.

               
              5.0

              Good dependable strings.

              By Steve

              from Fort Worth

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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:

                Use this on a p-base and love the tone and playability.

                 
                5.0

                Perfect Classic FAT TONE!!

                By Tyler

                from Seabrook, NH

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

                  I use these on my jazz bass and they're perfect for what I use them for! I play a lot of reggae/dub and it requires that boomy bass tone. Every other string I have tried sounds too muddy with the tone rolled off, but these still have clarity and so much response! The E string is still a little long for the scale of a Jazz Bass but I have read forum after forum and seeing others in the same situation they have not had a problem due to the flexibility of these strings. I have had them for about 2 months now and they just keep getting better!

                   
                  5.0

                  great strings

                  By hardhead

                  from highsprings fl

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts

                    Comments about GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium:

                    none

                     
                    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!

                         
                        5.0

                        Getting back to Funk Brothers FUNKY FUNK!

                        By Shifty the Bassman

                        from Erie, PA

                        About Me Professional Musician

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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

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                            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

                                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

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