Natural Gut Upright Bass Strings
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For many years, we have been happy to offer a quality set of gut strings that we can sell at a great price. The soft feel and organic sweetness of guts is both surprising and satisfying to the uninitiated.
It seems that the manufacturing techinques for gut strings has come a long way, as it has for all strings, as they are very uniform. The lowest strings have a nicely distinct but warm tone, unlike the gut strings I grew up with in the sixties. Bob is commonly using the set with a wound A and E, for the more uniform string sizes, though many rockabilly folks swear by a completely gut A and E strings, so we have that set available as well. You can also purchase strings individually, if you like "mixing and matching."
Gut strings do require a little maintenance, it is advisable to gently clip any "hairs" (hair-like little strands of gut that that develop with play). You may also want to oil them (walnut oil, most pure vegetable oils can do, and we sell string oil, too) for the longest life, especially if you are in a dry climate or go through dry periods.
But if you want the sound of vintage, all-natural bass, or are a rockabilly player wanting the most authentic sound, you'll want to consider these. I prefer the wound A/E set which has metal windings to achieve the mass necessary for the lower notes without the larger diameter- they have been made this way for centuries. If you play rockabilly and other styles, you may want to consider the gut G, D, and A with a wound gut E, as the plain gut E is pretty large and just a bit imprecise, super for slap but not so hot for other bass play. The plain gut (unwound) E is quite thick and "flubby", but some slap players are absolutely loving them!
Lenzner does list gauges on their packages, and they average around: G=2,10mm, D=2,75mm, GutA=3,60mm, WoundA=2,50, WoundE=3,50mm. I have taken the time to gauge all the strings using a digital caliper and present the following unofficial measurements for your reference: Gut G=.083, Gut D=.109, Gut A=.144, Gut E=.182, Wound Gut A=.097, Wound Gut E=.136 - however, since these are made of natural gut material, actual string gauges can vary a bit.
We also carry (and stock) Low B and High C strings!
The "Wound" gut strings are wound with a small-gauge silver wire, not tape. This is a traditional method and material for wrapping gut strings. If you prefer a more "tapewound" wound gut string, please consider the Oliv or Eudoxa strings, which we also have.
These strings are made in Germany.
These are the first gut strings I’ve ever tried and they’re holding up well after six months. I play mainstream jazz, no bowing. They took about two months to get used to, (or maybe just two months to settle in), but they feel great to play and the sound is nice - very woody and thumpy. I do miss the sustain in the upper positions, and the D string is particularly thick and thunky above the octave. I also oil them every three days or so, but other than that there’s no maintenance. And I haven’t found that temperature changes affect the tuning any more than usual.
I bought the natural plain gut A,D, and G with the silver wound E a couple years ago. I love the sound and feel of the guts but the E string snapped after a couple of weeks at the nut. I contacted Gollihur and was told that sometimes happens and guts are a crapshoot. Was offered a 10% discount to buy another one and haven’t yet (a little gun shy I guess).
I have been playing on gut strings (arco!) for a while now, and I had to find an affordable plain gut A string. This one did it for me! It has a perfectly thumpy pizzicato sound and is very easy to bow. One word of caution: the plain gut A is very thick. You will need to make sure your bridge and nut slots are wide enough (mine aren't and I need to get that changed!)
My favorite of all the gut string mfg super high quality and great tone
I’ve always played a traditional set of gut upright bass strings, and a good set it is extremely hard to find today. These are by far the most reasonably priced, quality gut string set today in my opinion. I also enjoy the set with the wrapped D string, thanks for offering them.