Please Note: selected shipping has no bearing on how long your order will take in the string workshop.
Gamut strings are hand-made to order — shipping timelines are calculated from when your order leaves the workshop, not when the order was placed. We will send a sales receipt with tracking # when your order leaves the shop.

International Orders: are subject to customs/VAT ("landed cost") fees at the receiving end. Gamut Music has no control over carrier- or government-imposed taxes or fees. See our Shipping & Returns Policy and Authorized Worldwide Dealers for additional details.

Playing On Gut Strings

Playing On Gut Strings

Apr 9th 2024

Playing on natural gut strings brings about distinctions in feel, responsiveness, and overall playing experience. Gut strings are generally softer and more pliable under the fingers than synthetic strings, providing a tactile and intimate experience. Due to their flexibility, gut strings respond well to subtle changes in bow pressure and finger placement, allowing for nuanced expressiveness. They are capable of a wide dynamic range and can produce a rich palette of tones.

Sheep gut strings have slightly different properties than beef gut. In broad terms, it has a warmer tone. One of our clients with a poetic flair describes sheep gut as having a “golden” tone and beef gut having a “silver” tone.

Our FAQ/Articles section provides an entire section on the differences of playing on natural gut strings.