This is a single length, (80"), Pistoy gut string available with either a natural or varnish finish. Natural strings are hand- rubbed with a light oil. Varnished strings have three coats of finish before being hand polished with the oil. There is an additional charge for varnished strings. The string comes with plain ends. Washers can be added to the end of the string for an additional charge. These washers hold the string in the tailpiece.
The Pistoy string is a unique development of Daniel Larson at Gamut Strings. It is named for the town in Italy which was famous for producing the best string for basses, being "flexible, smooth, and well twisted". Our reproduction is made of three strands of gut twisted in one direction and then the three combined together by twisting in the other direction in rope fashion. When dry, the string is polished down to the specific gauge required by the instrument. The results are a very flexible string with a quick response and a full, round sound. This is not a polished catline as some think. At first glance this might look like such a thing. However, the Pistoy is fundamentally a different kind of string. It shares one trait with the catline in that the string is made with two directions of twist. This is where the similarity ends. The Pistoy has no space in the structure like the catline does and therefore has the same density as any plain gut string. The Pistoy is expensive to make because it takes a lot of time to sort the gut into small bundles to twist and retwist. The gain is in the flexibility. Even in thick strings the string remains supple and responsive. The string is characterized by a noticeable twist and flexible feel.
Contra bass are warranted for a period of six months from the date of shipping.
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Beautiful arco sound and a great jazz pizz sound.
I was "upping" the gage for my G string on my bass, however this string was too much for me even though it is also a Pistoy and is softer to the touch. (Perhaps file the bridge down more? Ha! - I'll wait and try something else first)
This is the first time I've tried a varnished string. To me varnish adds a "crispy" attack as well as the "whirring" tone of the pistoy if that's what your bass needs.
I have tried all of the gut strings out there, and these are the best! For the sound and response I am looking for, nothing else comes close.
Absolutely amazing arco tone as well as playing pizz. Also sounds amazing for slap bass. This sting makes playing the bass so much more enjoyable for me. Hands down it's the best string I've ever used! Thanks Gamut!
I'm in a long search for the right strings for my mid-late 1800's bass violin. (tension, sound, playability) Before I bought this string, I was using a G Lyon (43 gage) that in time was tending to be too light or bouncy under my left hand. Then, when I tried a G Lyon 44, it was way too "tight" for me and raised the action on my bass by it's tension alone! (not true that all gut strings are soft) Aside from having to file and lower my bridge grooves and be dealing with fingerboard scoop issues (just yet) :), I was looking for a string that was heavier gage but not so bouncy on the top, and what the G1 Pistoy Heavy 2.20 (44g) string does is exactly what Dan suggested, "Because of the flexibility of this type of string the extra tension does not cause the string to stiffen so much and might be a solution for you." He was correct. It's heavier in gage and more flexible at the same time. It's almost as if it's a 43 1/2 gage string! The sound has a slightly different ring to it, and perhaps is more audible too. As the string has breaks in, it sounds better too. The washer on the end of the string is a nice touch and really convenient. Thanks Dan!