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Contrabass g-1 Pistoy

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Table of Contrabass Gauges
  Light Light+ Medium Medium+ Heavy Heavy+
g-1 Pistoy 2.00mm 2.06mm 2.10mm 2.16mm 2.20mm 2.26mm


This is a single-length (80", 200cm), double twist, Pistoy-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.

In order to secure the bass string in the tailpiece, Gamut Music has developed the use of a leather washer as a stop. A washer is an option you can choose if you do not want to tie a knot at the end of the string as a securing feature. Bass strings are quite thick and sometimes stiff, and tying a knot can be complex and inelegant. The leather washer is a reliable and secure solution to the problem of securing the string at the tailpiece.

The Pistoy string is a unique development of Daniel Larson at Gamut Music. 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. The string is characterized by a noticeable twist and flexible feel.

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 twists. 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 string 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 gauges the string remains supple and responsive. The color ranges from clear white on thinner strings (1.00mm to 1.10mm) to opaque yellow on thicker strings.

Academie strings are manufactured 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.

More information about Gamut gut strings, string types, gauges, and string tensions can be found on our articles page. Not finding an answer to your question? Please contact us directly:

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8.00 (in)
8.00 (in)
0.10 (in)

8 Reviews

  • Posted by Dirk Dickson on Nov 2nd 2021


    G bass string


  • Posted by gerald on Oct 17th 2021


    great sounding string

    great buy

  • Posted by Tim Norton on Oct 5th 2020


    gamut G

    Nice tone, loose feel.

  • Posted by Dennis James on Oct 25th 2019


    Pistoy G string medium gage

    Beautiful arco sound and a great jazz pizz sound.

  • Posted by Scott on Oct 18th 2018


    Pistoy G-1 Heavy+

    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.

  • Posted by Max Kasper on May 15th 2017


    Excellent string!

    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.

  • Posted by Barry Bremer on Nov 4th 2016


    Pistoy G Contra Bass

    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!

  • Posted by Scott on Feb 28th 2016


    The perfect string!

    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!