Gamut Strings Are Available in Three Formats:

Standard Sets: Where the strings are grouped for particular instruments according to the most popular types.  In these sets the gauges are matched to allow the best performance for the instrument and the most agreeable response for the player.  The gauges are graduated according to modern performance practice so that the top string has the most tension and each successive lower string is decreased slightly in tension.

Equal Tension Sets: Where the strings are grouped in sets according to the recommendation of historical theoreticians such as Merssanne, who felt that for the instrument to be balanced and respond in proportion all the strings on the instrument should have the same tension.  

Custom Gauged Strings: Each type of string we make is available in a range of gauges and can be custom polished for your application.  If you do not see a gauge in a list of strings in the standard sets that you want, you can order the exact gauge you require in the type of string you want by selecting from the Custom Gauged string catalog.

Types of strings:

  • Treble Gut: Used for high and mid-range strings of most small instruments.
  • Lyon Gut: Used for top strings on larger instruments like cellos and basses, mid-range and low strings on other instruments.
  • Pistoy Gut: Used for mid-range and low strings on most instruments.
  • Wound Strings: Used for low strings on most instruments.
  • Gimped Gut: Used for mid-range and low strings on most instruments.
  • Diapason Gut: Is long lengths of gut for archlutes, theorbos, etc.


Helpful tools for finding the right string

Gamut Music has string calculators that will enable you to find the correct strings for your instrument. Use them to check tensions, gauges, and play "what if" scenarios to see how changes in your instrument will effect your strings.

Use our tables for String Lengths and String Tensions to find the perfect string for your instrument.



The Tricolore line at Gamut is favored by numerous artists playing in the Heifetz lineage, tradition, and style. Click here to see what Dan Larson had to say about the Tricolore strings in a March 2011 article.

Red Diamond Bass Strings


Our new Red Diamond Bass Strings are a great way to play our gut strings at a convenient price for you. Click here to learn more about them!

More Info on Gut Strings


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