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Bass Viol Strings

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Bass Viol Strings

Strings made from sheep gut have been mentioned in the history of string instruments since earliest times. While nomadic peoples used tendons and horse hair, following the finding of an Egyptian lute from 1500 BC, we know that the Egyptians had already mastered the techniques of gut string manufacturing.

It is possible that a gut rope made of thin twisted gut filaments was used for the lower strings in the later centuries.

The metal wound strings which we use today did not start to be developed until the middle of the 17th century, at the time of Stradivarius.

To offer you this authentic stringing at today’s high quality we have reconstructed these developments and incorporated them into our gamba string program.

Fundamentally even today it is still possible to use plain gut strings for the lowest strings of the gamba, however the stiffness and thickness of the mono-filament of the gut string is a considerable impairment to playability of the deeper notes.

It is only since 1660 that spinning with copper has evolved. However, the most popular winding is silver-plated copper wire, which has the advantage of the silver coating combined with the sound quality of the copper string.

For studio takes we recommend silver wound gut string with a polished surface. They are quiet even as your fingers change position on the fingerboard. However, it has only been possible to manufacture this sort of string since the 20th century.

Medium set 6-7 string

D1 gut 14.25pm

A2 gut 18pm

E3 gut 22.5pm

C4 gut 27pm

G5 silver plated copper on gut 24.5pm

D6 silver plated copper on gut 29pm

A7 silver plated copper on gut 39pm

Additional information

Weight 0.01225 kg
Dimensions 15 x 15 x 0.3 cm
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