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GUT & SILK 900 - Historical Guitar set, for1880-1946 performances. Suitable forA-435 Hz pitch/ scale length approx. 65 cm.
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.
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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