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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:58 pm 

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GHS Silk and Bronze (Med. Lt. 12-54)- UPDATED REVIEW

This is an updated review to the original that I posted in October. If you recall, GHS along with other string manufacturers, had a problem with corrosion of their strings due to the composition of the paper envelopes. GHS provided me with a set of replacement strings in the new packaging. The packaging consisted of the same outer package, but GHS has replaced the paper envelopes with sealed plastic. Each string is contained in plastic, along with nitrogen, to guard against corrosion. The packaging is impressive. Each string was clean.

I put the strings, which are low tension, on the 00. Since my 00 is a short scale guitar, the tension is inherently a bit lower. The Silk and Bronze strings performed admirably, even when I tuned down extremely low. I had no problem with fret buzz, even with the low action on my guitar. There was a moderate amount of finger funk, which disappeared after 2 days. The strings have a very warm, inviting sound.

If you have a guitar that’s very bright, the GHS Silk and Bronze will mellow the sound. They’re very warm and mellow, even more than the GHS Vintage Bronze. If you own a guitar that is already on the warm side, then you might want to try a different string, such as the GHS Bright or Signature Bronze. The Silk and Bronze produced a very nice sustain. However, since they’re engineered to produce an extremely warm sound, there is a lack of note separation. This may not be an issue if you own a bright sounding guitar. The sound is inviting; it’s music I would associate with gently playing while sitting on the porch swing in the summer evening. The strings had average longevity and were ready to change after about 35 hours of playing.

The GHS Silk and Bronze Strings are very reasonably priced at $6.77 (https://www.stringsbymail.com/acoustic-guitar-strings-7/ghs-20/silk-and-bronze-587/).

I appreciated GHS’s immediate response to the problem with the original strings. If you purchase GHS strings, make sure that they’re packaged in plastic. If you should have problems with corroded strings out of a package, contact GHS directly by clicking on this link: http://www.ghsstrings.com/pages/general-inquiries

The Good:

1. Very little finger funk
2. Minimal finger squeak
3. Low tension; good for those with disabilities or older guitars
4. Price-$6.99
5. Excellent packaging
6. Nice sustain
7. Excellent customer support

The Bad:

1. Lack of note separation.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:09 pm 

Joined: Fri Mar 03, 2006 7:09 pm
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Location: Hegins, Pa
nice to see a company that supports it customers

John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc
Authorized CF Martin Repair Center
Board of Directors of Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans

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