Lyon Gut

This type of 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 beef gut specially processed in our shop to be soft and responsive. The gut is twisted in one direction to about 45 degrees for the optimum combination of durability and flexibility.

The Lyon string is not as flexible as the Pistoy string, but both Lyon and Pistoy can be used for the same string positions.

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.

This type of string is an ideal use for:

  • Violin: d-3 and G-4 
  • Viola: d-2, and G-3 
  • Cello: a-1, D-2 
  • Contra bass: G-1 and D-2
  • Bass viol: e-3, C-4, G-5, and D-6
  • Tenor viol: f-4, C-5, G-6
  • Treble viol: c-4, g-5, d-6
  • Lute: f-4, C-5, G-6, octaves on bass courses 
  • Harp: mid-range and bass strings

    Lyon gut is available in gauges from 1.00mm to 2.20mm in the standard length of 1.2M, (47"), and in gauges from 1.90mm to 3.20mm in the contra bass length of 2.1M, (82").


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