Contrabass String Set

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Table of Contrabass Gauges
  Light Light+ Medium Medium+ Heavy Heavy+
g-1 2.00mm 2.06mm 2.10mm 2.16mm 2.20mm 2.26mm
d-2 2.80mm 2.86mm 2.90mm 2.96mm 3.00mm 3.06mm
A-3 2.52mm 2.62mm 2.66mm 2.70mm 2.74mm 2.80mm
E-4 3.12mm 3.18mm 3.22mm 3.28mm 3.32mm 3.36mm


This is a set of strings for the contrabass. We have bundled together the most popular kinds of strings and offer them in a standard set for ordering convenience. The set consists of:

  • g-1 - Lyon gut
  • d-2 - Pistoy gut
  • A-3 - Silver-plate wire wound onto gut core
  • E-4 - Silver-plate wire wound onto gut core

The set comes with plain ends, but for the g-1 and d-2 leather washers can be added for an additional charge. 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.

Wound strings for the contrabass are warrantied for a period of six months from the date of shipping.

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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0.10 (in)

1 Reviews

  • Posted by James W Waldo on Sep 14th 2016


    These strings sing

    I just played my first orchestra rehearsal with the strings last night. They are top-notch in every respect! The feel and the sound are both superlative. And Gamut is an extremely friendly company as well as a source of great information. I feel like I have a new partner in my music making!