Tricolore Violin G-4 Gut/Silver-Wound

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G-4 Gut/Silver .78mm .80mm .82mm


This is a single-length (24", 60cm) violin string with a sheep gut core and sterling silver wire winding. The gut core has been carefully seasoned and then wound with silver wire in the tradition of the Perfection Musical String Co. There is a leather washer at the knotted end to help keep the string secure in the tailpiece.

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

One addition we have made to the original string design is the inclusion of a leather washer at the knot of each string. Modern tailpieces are made with wider string slots than those of the early 20th century and the gut knot is no longer big enough to hold the string in place. The leather keeps the string from pulling through the tailpiece.

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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15 Reviews

  • Posted by Michel E Samson on Mar 24th 2022


    Always a favorite

    for many years I have been using your strings they are the best money can buy----more people should be hip to them

  • Posted by Michael Evans on Jan 27th 2022


    Best G string

    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. I used to use Eudoxa's G

  • Posted by Erik Stillabower on May 1st 2020


    Tricolore Violin G

    Strong and loud! My violin does not have a strong bass tone but the heavy g brings it. It is also one of the most responsive gut G strings ive played

  • Posted by Dita Breebaart on Nov 17th 2019


    Very nice sound


  • Posted by Daniel Kobialka on Apr 8th 2019


    Tricore Violin G String Gut Silver

    A fantastic place for the most wonderful gut strings.!

  • Posted by Ben on Apr 1st 2019


    One of the best

    This is one of the best wound gut sets I have used. The G is particularly good in the heavy gauge. It is deep, rich and doesn't crack when you dig into it a bit. They may not be as loud and in your face as some synthetics out there but they more than make up for it in their complexity, warmth and the suppleness under the fingers that a synthetic string simply cannot offer. If you like wound gut strings then the Tricolore are amongst the best out there today. Thanks to Gamut for reproducing these amazing strings!

  • Posted by Joseph Youssef on Dec 15th 2018


    In love

    I love this string. It sounds as strong as high end synthetic strings, but with special softness and more colourful sound. Will surely buy it again

  • Posted by David Mount on Aug 20th 2018


    Great for old-time fiddle: really!

    Just a shout-out for any old-time fiddlers who might find their way here: these strings are incredible, not hard to play, and more stable than some synthetics for alternate tunings. Yes, for dances, I bring a second fiddle for cross-tuning, but in any other situation they settle in soon enough after retuning. I tried the mediums first and found them a little quiet, for my instrument, at least. The heavies did the trick--louder, more responsive, and yet not overly stiff. I've become convinced that many of the great fiddlers in early recordings were playing on gut strings, and for some we know that definitely. Uncle Bob Walters, for example, used Wondertone guts, with wound G and D, plain A, and steel E, (this is according to his protege, Dwight Lamb). I tried modern Wondertones and couldn't do a thing with them--they're probably poorer quality than the old ones. But the Tricolores I find to be pretty much effortless, as long as you're willing to take some time to get the feel, and work on keeping your bow the right distance from the bridge, not over the fingerboard! (Violinists, I'm sorry you had to hear that.) Anyway, if you're interested in getting that haunting old sound, give these a try. I find them mesmerizing, like the sound is coming up out of the earth. :)

  • Posted by Unknown on Jun 5th 2018


    The heavy gauge is awesome

    I would not recommend this string to the lazy musician. It takes a little time to understand and get to know the sound, and to really engage with its full potential. Once you've wined and dined it enough, it really sings, and is incredible.