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Tricolore Violin D-3 Gut


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Table of Tricolore Violin Gauges
  Light Medium Heavy
D-3 Sheep Gut 1.04mm 1.06mm 1.08mm


This is a single-length (24", 60cm), single twist, Lyon-style sheep gut string.

Sheep 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.

One update we have made to the original string design is the addition of a 3-D printed ball end on each string. Modern tailpieces are made with wider string slots than those of the early 20th century and a gut knot is no longer big enough to hold the string in place. The ball end will keep the string from pulling through the tailpiece.

Lyon-style 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.

The Tricolore brand, used by many famous violin soloists, was one of the most well known violin strings made in the 20th century. Now, after many decades of being unavailable, we are pleased to offer these strings again. This string was developed by Ray Neiner at the Perfection Musical String Co. Brunswick, IN, just south of Chicago. The machines we use at Gamut Music to make the strings were purchased from the Perfection company, and in addition to the machines, we also received the formulations that Perfection used to make their strings, including the Tricolore brand. We have in our archives a copy of the Perfection workshop book that specifies the gauge of gut used for the cores, the size of the wires, length of the strings, and colors of the thread used for the stockings at the top and bottom of the strings. In addition to this practical information, we also received instruction for the special curing treatment that the gut cores went through before being wound and the specific techniques used in winding the wire onto the gut core. These strings are accurate replications of the ones that filled American concert halls with sound in the 20th century.

Notably, the Tricolore strings used by violinist virtuosos and many players interested in reproducing this historical tone consisted of:

  • e-1 - Goldbrokat - 0.26mm (Medium) gauge
  • a-2 - Treble Gut - 0.78mm (Medium) gauge
  • D-3 - Lyon Gut - 1.06mm (Medium) gauge
  • G-4 - Gut/Sterling Silver - 0.80mm (Medium) gauge

Sheep gut (or sheep intestine, or sheep serosa) is the classical material that has for centuries been used to make music strings throughout Europe and the Americas. The tone has a golden, warm and rich sonority that is preferred by discerning players. 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. The sheep gut has fibers and collagen that bond very well, making a tight structure with a lovely transparency. The texture supports the plucking or bowing very well, and the sound carries well in a room. If you feel you need a tone with more warmth and clarity than you are getting now, then sheep gut might be a good choice.


Hand-made 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.

All Gamut Academie strings (pure gut and gut/metal-wound) are made with beef serosa unless they specifically say "Sheep Gut." All pure gut Tricolore violin and viola strings are made with sheep gut; gut/metal-wound Tricolore and all Red Diamond strings are made with beef serosa.

Gamut gut string gauges are approximate (≈) diameter. Meaning, that while a ≈0.60mm string is polished in the workshop to a diameter of 0.60mm, changes in ambient humidity, temperature, shipping, and storage conditions can cause to string to expand or contract slightly.

Gimped gut strings and custom gauged equal tension strings are gauged with the equivalent-gauge (=) system. This means that the gauge listed, such as =1.50mm, indicates that the string is approximately equal in weight to a plain gut string of that diameter. Of course, because the wire is much heavier than gut, the string will be much thinner than a plain gut string.

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

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    4 Reviews

  • Posted by Michael Evans on Jan 27th 2022



    I've been using Tricolores since Gamut started production at least 10 years ago. I will continue to use them for as long as they are produced, they are the best.

  • Posted by Unknown on Jun 5th 2018


    A string that lets the instrument shine

    Honest to goodness gut strings that let your violin and your hands determine the sound, rather than being stuck in the brassy constraints of synthetic strings. They have not changed in years, and they never need to. I like to treat mine with a little walnut oil every now and then to keep them going a little longer than their natural lifespan.

  • Posted by James Dong on May 7th 2018


    Powerful and individual string

    The plain D is difficult to play on at first, but within a couple of weeks of figuring out the bow technique, the sound will be very unique and rewarding. Very loud string! Much more powerful than wound gut, in fact it matches the volume of the best synthetic strings. The string is very thick so the varnished option is not necessary in my opinion, especially if you prefer the unvarnished sound. I give it 4 stars because they tend to go false quite quickly, so the resonance can be a little offputting if you have sensitive ears.

  • Posted by Eric Anadi Nemrava on Jul 29th 2016


    amazing sound

    I would like to address people who are perhaps considering unwound gut strings for the first time. In my experience, it is the unwound D string that is the most dramatic departure from both synthetic and metal strings. It took me a while to figure out the right combination of bow speed and pressure, but when I did I was rewarded with the best sound I have ever gotten out of my violin. I employ bow speed as my primary means of dynamic modulation; with this bowing technique, the light gauge gut strings have a greater dynamic response than anything else I have ever tried.