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Tricolore Violin String Set


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Table of Tricolore Violin Gauges
  Light Medium Heavy
Tricolore Steel e-1 - .25mm -
a-2 Gut .76mm .78mm .80mm
D-3 Gut 1.04mm 1.06mm 1.08mm
G-4 Gut/Silver .78mm .80mm .82mm


This is a classic set of Tricolore sheep gut strings as used by 20th century violinist virtuosos and many players interested in reproducing this historical tone. The set is available in Light, Medium, and Heavy gauges for the a-2, D-3, and G-4 strings, but the Tricolore Steel Violin e-1 string is Medium gauged for all sets.

The set is made up of:

  • Tricolore steel violin e-1 with loop end
  • Tricolore plain sheep gut a-2 with knot and washer
  • Tricolore plain sheep gut D-3 with knot and washer
  • Tricolore silver-wound beef gut G-4 with knot and washer

Plain 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. Tricolore gut/metal-wound strings are made with beef serosa, as they always have been.

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 washer keeps the string from pulling through the tailpiece.

Tricolore 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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    10 Reviews

  • Posted by Aiken Van Spyk on Dec 12th 2022


    violin tricolore

    Very well packaged and delivery was very good. As these are backup strings to a 'dominant' set I look forward to trying these when I can. The e string seems especially to be the one I wanted too.

  • Posted by Jack Dillon on Jan 17th 2021


    Tricolore violin string set

    These are great strings and work very well with my 1926 Karl Berger violin!!!

  • Posted by Travis Johnson on Sep 21st 2020


    Excellent strings

    G in particular has a type of rich warmth you cannot get from any synthetic strings and the E has a roundness. Doesn't matter how much you pay, what brand or how many youtube personalities swear by them, gut strings whether wound or raw win every time. I was told by Gamut staff the difference between these ($80) and their other gamut line ($150) is that this set is more suited for the modern violinist while the other for baroque period. Although I went the direction of Tricolore I'll be experimenting with other lines next. Fantastic, definitely recommend.

  • Posted by John Fadial on Sep 18th 2020


    Gamut Tricolore medium set

    As a youngster I grew up playing gut stings, mostly Pirastro Eudoxa or Wondertone. Since switching mostly to synthetics in college, some decades ago (on the advice of various teachers), I have continued to search for that rich gut sound (think Heifetz, Francescatti, Rosand, Szeryng, Menuhin). Over that last few years I have gone back to guts, using first Passiones, then Olives, and even Chordas. The Tricolore set from Gamut beats them all. I have tested them in a large concert hall, and on recording. The richness and carrying power is stunning, and has far exceeded my expectations. These strings exhibited a highly complex sound with lots of overtones from the start (in my studio), but hearing them in the hall was a real eye opener. They are colorful, supple and extremely powerful. Due to their flexibility, they deliver a high volume of tone with very little effort, so some players may find they need to use less pressure. They work fantastically well on both my 1781 Gagliano, as well as on my 2020 Eduard Miller. They have a much quicker stretch time than even the Olives. I have been enjoying these for a couple weeks now, so I look forward to learning more about these strings' longevity, and what they can do. The heavier gauge, unwound gut A and D may take some getting used to for most modern violinists, but the sound is ravishing! Thank you, Gamut! Dr. John Fadial Soloist, Chamber Musician, Concertmaster, Professor of Violin, University of Wyoming

  • Posted by Serge on Jul 24th 2020


    Best strings on the market!

    Best strings on the market! Rich sound, very stable, comfortable for playing, and great service from Gamut Music!

  • Posted by Unknown on Jul 16th 2020


    Tricolore medium violin

    Fantastic strings, warm and full sound

  • Posted by Steve on Jul 3rd 2019


    Tricolore violin strings

    After a major crack repair to my 1950's modern Italian violin, its acoustics had ended up being significantly altered, to the point where every brand of strings I tried was too bright (and I tried about 10 different sets of strings). I finally found Tricolore, which are the only strings that aren't too bright. The sound is gorgeous, even when muted. The only drawback is that the gut strings are a bit harder to initially tune and keep in tune, and they feel a bit less refined to the touch (I got the varnished version). I've ordered a wrapped A and D string to compare them. Overall, though, I love these strings, and they're really the only strings that work on my instrument.

  • Posted by David Mount on Aug 21st 2018


    Great for old-time fiddle, with heavy wound D and heavy G

    I play old-time style and started with this set. The plain D was beautiful but required too much concentration for me to play cleanly (I don't have any formal violin training). Swapped it out for the med. silver/aluminum wound D. That was nice, but overall the bass seemed a little weak. For my instrument the Goldilocks combo was a heavy G, heavy silver D (a bit brighter than the one with silver in it), and a med. plain A. See my review of the G string for more details. Overall, I think the Tricolores are incredible for OT fiddle: beautiful, stable, and surprisingly easy to play, with a wound D, anyway.

  • Posted by Born TC on Aug 8th 2017


    The best plain gut violin strings in the market

    I only play with plain gut D&E and the Tricolore medium set elivers the best tone, projection, action and bowing friction.