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Aquila 64C GUT & SILK 900 Set

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50,99 €
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0.024 kg

set / Classical Guitar

  • 1880-1946 performances
  • Trebles: gut
  • Basses: gut core with silk winding / silver-plated wound

GUT & SILK 900 - Historical Guitar set (1880-1946 performances). Suitable for A-435 Hz pitch/ scale length ca. 65 cm.
This set which is made with only one degree, of tension, represents exactly a historical assembling, typical of the period of Llobet and Tàrrega by using oily gut for trebles and wound basses, silver-copper covered on silk, as it was said by Pujol in the "Escuela Razonada de la Guitarra" of 1934.

Up to the middle of the 20th century, the only available strings for guitar were plain gut for the trebles and wound on silk core for the basses. Their acoustical performance was quite different from that of modern stringings. The salient characteristics were a marked timbric presence, response and brightness typical of the thinner gut strings (certainly superior to plain nylon and in some respects closer to PVDF or carbon) while the basses, on the other hand, possessed an exquisitely vocal quality, i.e. not so bright as, and with less sustain than, modern wound on nylon strings and more fundamental heavy. The Treble tension- profile is not true scaling (like in use in all of the modern guitar's sets): it is just ligthly scaling, like the standard of that time.
The set Gut & Silk 900 is designed for the typical early twentieth-century chorister equal to 435 Hz and vibrating length of the instrument around 65 cm. Choristers more acute and / or more vibrant lengths may affect the duration of the first string.

These are not for everyone, I guess. They have a beautiful, sweet tone, but the feel is very different - compared to nylon they are almost stringy or dusty, and the high 'E' (or Eb; I tuned them 1/2 step down) started to fray within hours from the attack of my nails. Such was their loveliness that I cut my nails (a worthy experiment at least), but the thinnest string still seemed to die a tone-death. (The trebles are very long; they can be trimmed and restretched.) I now have a Nylgut string in place of the thinnest one, and am enjoying the set-up, but it might get tiring - it's only been a week. I recommend these as an experiment, and because there are some beautiful sounds to be had from them, but with a warning that they might not stand up to nails very well, no matter how smoot the nails are.

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