Chorda Gut Upright Bass Strings, Carlos Henriquez Strings

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Special Order ItemThis string set is a "special order item," which means that it is normally a non-stock item. This means that, if you purchase these strings, we will need to acquire the set from the manufacturer or a distributor, which may take anywhere from a couple days (normally) to a couple of weeks (rare, but we'll let you know). It also means that we are unable to provide overnight or two-day options for these strings.

We offer this set as a non-stock item because customers have asked for them, and they're not always easy to find at retailers. Due to their non-stock status, we only sell complete sets -- no "singles" can be purchased for this set. Also be aware that as a special-order item, the strings are not returnable.

Includes our exclusive Gollihur Music tipsheet to get the most out of your purchasePirastro Chorda Gut Strings

These strings are manufactured, wound and polished in the traditional way, by hand, and made of sheep gut. The Chorda G- and D-strings are plain sheep gut strings. The A- and E-strings are wound with silver-plated copper wire. The strings are well-known, and have a traditional, warm sound with an wide dynamic range. They are particularly suited for pizzicato, with very low tension, and are comfortable under the fingering hand. They are also an authentic string for Early Music.

Customer Feedback on these strings (March 2017)
I recently put a set of Chordas on my 7/8 size Xue Chang Sun bass and am loving them! They have a lot of punch and respond very clearly to different right and left hand articulations -- they're the most expressive string I've ever played on, you can play with as much subtlety or power as you want in both your left and right hands. The tension across the set is more balanced (on my bass) than the Pirastro "Slap" set that I bought through you all previously. They also bow great with a good amount of rosin and slap well! I don't think I'll ever go back to steel or synthetic strings. It's taken about 3 weeks for them to settle into their tuning and to my bass.

Carlos Henriquez Special Edition Set:

These are lower tension strings; the special gauges have been selected based upon gut strings which were used during the 50s and 60s. Especially well-loved for jazz and Latin music, the G and D are plain gut, while the A and E are silver wrapped gut.

This is a very special order set, as they must be ordered directly from Pirastro in Germany. Temper your expectations for delivery on this knowledge - meaning, it could take 1-3 weeks to get your strings.


Since we're not as personally familiar with these strings, our descriptions of them are primarily based on manufacturer information, but we're happy to add more info as we discover it -- and feel free to email us your experiences with them!

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