|Table of Contrabass Gauges|
This is a single length (203cm, 80"), single twist, Lyon-style string made with beef serosa available with either a natural or varnish finish.
Plain gut strings are available with 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.
This type of gut is named after the town in France which was famous for a particular type of flexible gut string. From the 16th century these strings were recommended as being some of the best strings for basses. Our reproduction of this string is made from gut specially processed in our workshop to be soft and responsive. The gut is twisted in one direction to a high twist for the optimum combination of durability and flexibility. The Lyon should be preferred when a little extra stiffness is required under the bow or finger. This type of string is characterized by a tight and visible twist. The color tends toward opaque light to medium yellow. The Lyon-style of gut string is a high twist, single spin construction that offers a tone that is full and warm with a powerful fundamental and complex, pleasing upper partials.
Academie strings are manufactured in the USA by Gamut Music, 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.
A new option of nylon winding has been added to the contrabass Lyon strings. Due to the popularity of the Red Diamond wound g-1 and d-2 strings, we have decided to add this option to the regular Academie line of bass strings. This nylon makes the strings more durable, especially if you live in a high humidity environment or have a acidic perspiration. The nylon covering creates a protective layer that stops the gut fibers from becoming loose, causing the gut to break down and become false, thereby adding life to the string.
Please note: The nylon adds about .30mm to the diameter of the string, resulting in effectively adding about .09mm of gut weight to the string, resulting in an amount of about one gauge size. So, if you specifically wanted the tension of the medium gauged string with the nylon wrapping, you should order the light+ gauge with the nylon option. This will give you the tension of the plain gut, medium gauged string.
Contrabass are warrantied for a period of six months from the date of shipping.
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The Lyon G/D strings are the absolute best strings I've used. I find the Lyon D to speak very loudly and it resonates well with my bass. It's perfectly paired with the Lyon G in my opinion. Gamut makes the best quality gut strings on the market.
Best gut strings currently available, great sound and feel fantastic workmanship, I have been playing gut strings for almost 40 years and these are the best I have ever played.