Due the fluctuating A$, prices have been removed. Please ask for current prices.

Please note that some strings described on this page are thicker than normal for the instruments, particularly the equal tension strings and plain gut bass strings. You will have to alter your instrument, so do consider carefully before buying as you may not swap an opened string or get a refund if you have not chosen appropriately. Please ask for assistance before buying, and find other people who have instruments strung in this manner that you can ask advice from.

Errors and omissions excepted.

Gamut Strings

Gamut Strings from Dan Larson in the US

 

Saraband Music imports Gamut strings from Dan Larson in the US. Please email or call to find out what is here, as limited stock is kept.

Saraband Music can order any strings from Gamut even if not listed here, but please allow time for ordering and delivery. Many strings are hand-made and their factory is busy. Custom made strings can be ordered for non-standard instruments.

Plain gut - treble or beef gut, which is varnished or oiled
Lyon and Pistoy gut for all bowed strings
Gimped (half wound) strings (mid range only)
Overwound strings for the viol and violin families
Equal Tension strings for the violin and viola da gamba families

Plain gut, 120cm. (double length, unvarnished) oiled finish
e1: gauges .52-.62
a2: gauges .72 - .82
d3: Lyon gut gauges 1.00 - 1.08
d3: Pistoy gut gauges 1.00 - 1.08

Varnished strings cost extra.

Gimped gut (half wound with copper)
d3: gauges 1.00 - 1.08
G4: gauges 1.40 - 1.50

G4 overwound strings:
Nickel silver on gut
Sterling silver on gut

Available in several gauges. Custom gauged Silver on gut strings are available, ranging in gauge from 1.50 to 2.10mm. Please ask.

 

Plain gut, 120cm. (double length, unvarnished) oiled finish
e1: gauges .52-.62
a2: gauges .78 - 92
d3: Lyon gut gauges 1.16 - 1.22
d3: Pistoy gut gauges 1.16 - 1.22
G4: Pistoy gut gauges 1.76 - 2.10

Varnished strings cost extra.

Gimped gut (half wound with copper)
d3: gauges 1.16 - 1.24
G4: gauges 1.76 - 2.10

G4 overwound strings:
Sterling silver on gut

For the thicker strings, you will need to ensure that you can fit the strings, as your peg and tailpiece holes will not be big enough. Very fragile instruments may not withstand the tension of very thick strings.

 

Plain gut, 150cm. (double length, unvarnished) oiled finish
Suggested gauges are:
a1: .72 - .82
d2: Lyon gut 1.00 - 1.10
d2: Pistoy gut 1.00 - 1.10

Varnished strings cost extra.

Gimped gut (half wound with copper or silver)
G3: gauges 1.40 - 1.50
C4: gauges 2.10 - 2.18

G3 overwound strings:
Nickel silver on gut
Sterling silver on gut
Available in several gauges

C4 overwound strings:
Nickel silver on gut
Sterling silver on gut
Available in several gauges

If what you want is not listed here, please ask. There are other options for all instruments.

 

Plain gut, 120cm. (single length, unvarnished) oiled finish
Suggested gauges are:
a1: .72 - .82
d2: Lyon gut 1.08 - 1.22
d2: Pistoy gut 1.00 - 1.10
G3: Pistoy gut 1.62 - 1.84
C4: Pistoy gut 2.44 - 2.76

Varnished strings cost extra.

G3 overwound strings:
Sterling silver on gut
Available in several gauges

C4 overwound strings:
Sterling silver on gut
Available in several gauges

Gimped gut strings not available in equal tension for viola.

For the thicker strings, you will need to ensure that you can fit the strings, as your peg and tailpiece holes will not be big enough. Very fragile instruments may not withstand the tension of very thick strings.

 

Plain gut, 120cm, unvarnished, oiled finish
a1: Lyon gut gauges 1.18 - 1.28
a1: Beef gut gauges 1.18 - 1.28
d2: Lyon gut gauges 1.50 - 1.60
d2: Beef gut gauges 1.50 - 1.60
d2: Pistoy gut gauges 1.50-1.60

G3 strings:
Nickel silver on gut
Silverplated on gut
Gimped (half wound)
Available in several gauges

C4 strings:
Nickel silver on gut
Silverplated on gut
Sterling silver on gut
Gimped (half wound)
Available in several gauges

Custom gauged Silver on gut strings are available for $68, ranging in gauge from 2.30 to 3.05mm. It is also possible to get Pistoy gut G3 and C4 strings. Please ask.

Gut, 120cm, unvarnished
a1: Lyon gut gauges 1.18 - 1.28
a1: Pistoy gut gauges 1.18 - 1.28
d2: Lyon gut gauges 1.78 - 1.92
d2: Pistoy gut gauges 1.78 - 1.92
G3: Pistoy gut gauges 2.66 - 2.88
C4: Pistoy gut gauges 3.98 - 4.32

G3 strings:
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

C4 strings:
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

For the thicker strings, you will need to ensure that you can fit the strings, as your peg and tailpiece holes will not be big enough. Very fragile instruments may not withstand the tension of very thick strings.

Plain gut, 120cm. (double length, unvarnished)
d1: Treble gut gauges .56 - .66
d1: Beef gut gauges .56 - .66
a2: Treble gut gauges .70 - .80
a2: Beef gut gauges .70 - .80
e3: Lyon gut gauges 1.00 - 1.10
c4: Lyon gut gauges 1.30 - 1.40
c4: Beef gut gauges 1.30 - 1.40
c4: Pistoy gut gauges 1.30 - 1.40
G5: Pistoy gut gauges 1.52 - 1.62
D6: Pistoy gut gauges 1.98 - 2.08

Varnished strings cost extra.

Gimped strings (half wound)
c4: gauges 1.30 - 1.40
G5: gauges 1.52 - 1.62
D6: gauges 1.98 - 2.08

G5 strings:
Silverplated on gut
Available in several gauges

D6 strings:
Silverplated on gut
Available in several gauges

Equal tension strings are available for all sizes of viol, but not in stock. Please order well ahead.

Plain gut. 122cm, single length, unvarnished
g1: Treble gut gauges .60 - .70
g1: Beef gut gauges .60 - .70
d2: Treble gut gauges .76 - .86
a3: Lyon gut gauges 1.02 - 1.12
f4: Lyon gut gauges 1.26 - 1.36
f4: Pistoy gut gauges 1.26 - 1.36
C5: Pistoy gut gauges 1.68 - 1.80
G6: Pistoy gut gauges 1.98 - 2.08

Varnished strings cost extra.

Gimped strings (half wound)
f4: gauges 1.26 - 1.36
C5: gauges 1.68 - 1.80
G6: gauges 2.20 - 2.30

C5 strings:
Silverplated on gut
Available in several gauges

G6 strings:
Silverplated on gut
Available in several gauges.

If using plain gut strings for the bottom range, ensure that your peg and tailpiece holes are big enough for the strings. Altering these holes is permanent!

d1: Treble gut gauges .70 - .80
d1: Beef gut gauges .70 - .80
a2: Treble gut gauges .92 - 1.02
a2: Beef gut gauges .92 - 1.02
e3: Lyon gut gauges 1.22 - 1.32
e3: Beef gut gauges 1.22 - 1.32
e3: Pistoy gut gauges 1.22 - 1.32
c4: Lyon gut gauges 1.46 - 1.56
c4: Beef gut gauges 1.46 - 1.56
c4: Pistoy gut gauges 1.46 - 1.56
G5: Pistoy gut gauges 1.94 - 2.04
D6: Pistoy gut gauges 2.56 - 2.66
Varnished strings cost extra.

Gimped strings (half wound)
c4: gauges 1.46 - 1.56
G5: gauges 1.94 - 2.04
D6: gauges 2.56 - 2.66

G5 strings:
Nickel silver on gut
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

D6 strings:
Nickel silver on gut
Silver on gut
Available in several gauges

These are all available through Saraband Music on special order.

Please specify vibrating string length (nut to bridge, and violone tuning - G or D. Also give string length for double basses. Gamut also make strings for Viennese basses.

Gamut also supply fretgut in 120cm lengths, and long strings for lute or theorbo diapasons.

Any type of gut string can be custom-made for any type of stringed instrument.