The problem with bass wound strings is that they will eventually develop a buzzing sound when the core shrinks and the wire becomes loose. When this happens you can send the old string back to Gamut Music and we will stretch the core again and put new winding on it. This process can be done to a string at least three times before the core degrades and loses tone.
This service is available only for strings purchased from Gamut Music.
Nylon re-winding is available for Lyon g-1 and d-2 strings, and copper or silverplate wire re-winding is available for all metal-wound bass strings; Red Diamond copper wire re-winding is available for the A-3 and E-4 strings.
We do not recondition other brands of strings.
If you wish to have a Gamut bass string reconditioned, please check out in the store after choosing the shipping option you prefer and send your old string to:
Gamut Music, Inc.
1600 London Road
Duluth, MN 55812
Please be sure to indicate what type of string is being sent in for reconditioning (e.g. Contrabass E-4 Gut/Copper), and when you will be sending it to the workshop. It takes three or four days to process the string once we receive it in the workshop.
Hand-made in the USA by Gamut Music, Inc., a leader in the revival of early music strings and instruments. Gut strings are not intended to be used with fine tuners or string adjusters, and those devices should be removed before installing the gut string on the instrument.
All Gamut Academie strings (pure gut and gut/metal-wound) are made with beef serosa unless they specifically say "Sheep Gut." All pure gut Tricolore violin and viola strings are made with sheep gut; gut/metal-wound Tricolore and all Red Diamond strings are made with beef serosa.
Gamut gut string gauges are approximate (≈) diameter. Meaning, that while a ≈0.60mm string is polished in the workshop to a diameter of 0.60mm, changes in ambient humidity, temperature, shipping, and storage conditions can cause to string to expand or contract slightly.
Gimped gut strings and custom gauged equal tension strings are gauged with the equivalent-gauge (=) system. This means that the gauge listed, such as =1.50mm, indicates that the string is approximately equal in weight to a plain gut string of that diameter. Of course, because the wire is much heavier than gut, the string will be much thinner than a plain gut string.
More information about Gamut gut strings, string types, gauges, and string tensions can be found on our FAQ/Articles page. Not finding an answer to your question? Please contact us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.