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Aquila Ambra 800 Chitarra Classica

Ambra 800®

Aquila Ambra 900 Chitarra Classica

Ambra 900®

Aquila Gut&Silk 800 Chitarra Classica

Gut & Silk 800®

Aquila Gut&Silk 900 Chitarra Classica

Gut & Silk 900®

HISTORICAL GUITAR SET (suitable for a-435 Hz pitch)

Useful information for people using the gut for the first time: in order to avoid the mistake of thinking that gut strings can be handled such as Nylon or Fluocarbon strings (PVF).

  1. The gut strings have a higher cost than plastic materials because of long and difficult working steps (12-15 days required for getting a string) which are still entirely manual.
  2. Remember that the lasting of a string of gut -as now- is traditionally much lower than that of Nylon and Fluocarbon ones: a few days only for the first string, and this due to the wear action of right hand nails and metal frets. Therefore please keep short nails, oval shaped. In practice a treble ( 1st string) that lasts 2-7 days is the norm now as it was at the time of Llobet.
  3. The gut strings are NOT as smooth as those of Nylon or Fluocarbon as you have always been used to.. The surface is indeed like satin , could therefore require some tactile as well as psychological adaptation.
  4. The sound of silk wound basses IS NOT like common modern wound strings made inside of Nylon multifilament: silk bass sound is less persistent, is more percussive and poor of overtones. This is normal, not a manufacturing fault, as sometimes the string could appear slightly inhomogeneous because of the silk, which is a natural product.
  5. Why then are we still using gut and silk wound bass strings? Because the acoustic quality of natural material is still absolutely the best: those who have experienced the gut even just one time, are aware that it can evoke deep emotions and then make difficult to revert back to Nylon or Fluocarbon strings.
  6. The gut-differently from Nylon and Fluocarbon- even being extremely resistant to traction is a very soft material which tends not to slide into the grooves of the nut (it can easily be sheared with teeth and often squashes or sticks) and is therefore quite sensitive to the cut. Before installing strings make sure that the grooves at the nut and at the bridge are shallow, perfectly smooth and absolutely without sharp edges. Otherwise you can use grit emery cloth 600 or fine-grained wool. At the end place in the polished furrows some soft graphite or well dried soap. Do not install gut strings on guitars that have mechanics of small diameter rollers ,which are suitable for metal strings.
  7. To achieve a perfectly stable intonation in a few minutes you should pull laterally, and strong each string during tuning. Stop this operation until the string does not fall further in frequency.
  8. Our 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.

Again: gut is liable to suffer from cutting edges. Before stringing the instrument do make sure the nut and bridge are free from sharp edges and the nut grooves not too deep and perfectly smooth. You can get rid of sharp edges with very fine grit sandpaper (600, for example) or the finest steelwool (000). The best sound quality develops when the strings have completely set, which may ordinarily take sometime. To achieve a stable intonation in just a few minutes you can repeatedly pinch each string at midlength with your fingers, pull it decidedly sideways and tune it up again. Stop when the string does not pull out of tune anymore.

SOUND EXAMPLES

The sound of the Antonio de Torres- guitar strung with a Gut & Silk 900® set: Stefano Grondona plays three catalan folk songs by Miguel Llobet (1878-1938): example nr. 1 - El testament d’Amelia example nr. 2 - Cançò de Lladre example nr. 3 - La filla del Marxant

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For more information read our FAQ

HISTORICAL GUITAR GUT & SILK 900® SETS (1880-1946 performances)

Aquila Gut&Silk 900 Chitarra Classica SILKGUT

The salient characteristics were a marked tonal presence, and brightness typical of gut strings (certainly superior to plain nylon and in some respects closer to fluocarbon strings) while the silvered copper would 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’s profile is not so scaled (like in use in all of the modern guitar’s sets): it is just ligthly scaled, like the usual standard of that time. This set which is made with only one degree of tension, riproposes excatly a historical assembling, tipycal of the period of Llobet and Tàrrega by using only genuine gut strings for Trebles and silk’s core wound basses, as it was said by Pujol in the “Escuela Razonada de la Guitarra” of 1934.

PRICES FOR GUT & SILK 900® SET

Code set type euro excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers)
64C GUT&SILK 900® SET 57,00

HISTORICAL GUITAR AMBRA 900® SETS (this is the syntetic version of the Gut & Silk 900® set)

Aquila Ambra 900 Chitarra Classica SILKGUT

Up to the middle of the 20th century, the only available strings for guitar were plain gut for Trebles and silk wound strings for basses: their acoustical performance was quite different from that of modern stringings. The salient characteristics were: a marked tonal presence, response and brightness typical of the gut strings (certainly superior to plain nylon and in some respects closer to fluocarbon strings) 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. Our Ambra set was developed keeping in mind this historical fact, in order to best re-create, by means of modern synthetic materials, the sound of gut and silk -wound basses of the time of Llobet and Tàrrega. This set was conceived for one grade of tension and consists of rectified -gut coloured New Nylgut® for Trebles, adopting the representative mean diameters as indicated by Pujol in his “Escuela Razonada de la Guitarra” of 1934 (less scaled tension than the modern guitar Trebles: .67 mm e; .84 mm a; 1.02 mm g gauges), while for the basses (silvered copper wires wound on Nylgut® multifilament core) we tried to find the right balance between wire and core, which would recreate exactly the typical sound of the wound silk strings of the time.

PRICES FOR AMBRA 900® SET

Code set type euro excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers)
55C AMBRA 900® SET 10,30

Tensions (Kg) / Diameter for Gut & Silk 900® set and Ambra 900® set

Note Tension diameter
mi 8,6 Kg .66 Budello / Nylgut
si 7,6 Kg .82 Budello / Nylgut
sol 6,7 Kg 1.00 Budello / Nylgut
RE 6,0 Kg basso filato su seta: 1,40 mm budello equiv.
LA 7,7 Kg basso filato su seta: 2,00 mm budello equiv.
MI 7,5 Kg basso filato su seta: 2,50 mm budello equiv.

19th CENTURY GUITAR SETS

SOUND EXAMPLES

The sound of two Petitjean Lainè-guitars (Mirecourt, early 19th c.) strung with Nylgut trebles and silk basses. Fernando Sor (1778-1839) – Fantasia Op. 54 bis: fragment of Andante Fernando Sor (1778-1839) - Fantasia Op. 54 bis: fragment of Variations and Finale Fernando Sor (1778-1839) - Fantasia Op. 54 bis: fragment of Finale

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For more information read our FAQ

GUT & SILK 800® (1790-1880 performances) silvered copper basses

Aquila Gut&Silk 800 Chitarra Classica SILKGUT

PRICE FOR GUT & SILK 800 SET

Code set type euro excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers)
73C GUT & SILK 800® SET 57,00

SILKGUT

Up to the middle of the 20th century, the only available strings for guitar were plain gut for Trebles and silk wound strings for Basses: their acoustical performance was quite different from that of modern stringings. The salient characteristics were: a marked tonal presence, response and brightness typical of the gut strings (certainly superior to plain nylon and in some respects closer to fluocarbon strings) 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. Our Ambra 800 set was developed keeping in mind this historical fact, in order to best re-create, by means of modern synthetic materials, the sound of gut and silk -wound basses of the 19 th century. This set was conceived for one grade of tension and consists of rectified -gut coloured New Nylgut® for Trebles, adopting the representative mean diameters as indicated by own researches while for the basses (silvered copper wires wound on Nylgut® multifilament core) we tried to find the right balance between wire and core, which would recreate exactly the typical sound of the wound silk strings of the time.

PRICE AMBRA 800® SET

Code set type euro excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers)
82C AMBRA 800® SET 10,30

PRICES FOR TERZINA NYLGUT® SET

Code set type euro excluding iva-vat-tva (except for non-eu customers)
91C TERZINA NYLGUT® SET (58 cms scale) 10,30

Tensions (Kg)/Diameter for Gut & Silk 800 set and Ambra 800 set

Note tension Diameter
mi .62 budello/Nylgut
si .79 budello/Nylgut
sol .91 budelloNylgut
RE Filata
LA Filata
MI Filata

Tensions (in Kg) Guitar of 65 cms scale; pitch standard 440 Hz Terzina of 58 cms scale; pitch standard of 440 Hz

note Gut & Silk 900® Gut & Silk 800® Ambra 900® Ambra 800® Terzina
mi 8.6 Kg 8.3 Kg 8.6 Kg 8.6 Kg 9.6 Kg
si 7.6 Kg 6.2 Kg 7.6 Kg 7.4 Kg 8.1 Kg
sol 6.7 Kg 5.9 Kg 6.7 Kg 6.8 Kg 7.5 Kg
RE 7.4 Kg 7.2 Kg 7.3 Kg 7.4 Kg 7.8 Kg
LA 7.7 Kg 7.4 Kg 7.5 Kg 7.7 Kg 8.5 Kg
MI 6.6 Kg 6.4 Kg 6.4 Kg 6.6 Kg 7.5 Kg

Gauges (mm)

note Gut & Silk 900® Gut & Silk 800® Ambra 900® Ambra 800® Terzina
normal superior light normal superior
mi .66 mm .62 mm .67 mm .62 mm .58 mm
si .84 mm .79 mm .84 mm .79 mm .73 mm
sol 1.02 mm .91 mm 1.02 mm .91 mm .91 mm
RE .70 mm .67 mm .69 mm .70 mm .69 mm
LA .86 mm .84 mm .84 mm .86 mm .78 mm
MI 1.06 mm 1.04 mm 1.05 mm 1.04 mm .96 mm

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Recent comments

Michael Malley – USA
…I love the low g red series for the Ukulele. On my concert uke it works great…
Michael Curry – USA
Alabastro, basses were nice and round, with plenty of edge to cut through, a very good string with lots of volume….
Nylgut- Extremely dynamic string, these are loud with better tone than carbon strings, all the brightness one would ever wantI would keep them on 2 of my 5 guitars though, because the grip on them is amazing, the unbelievable dynamic range, and they are warmer than carbon…. I must admit, I have been using very clear nylon strings over the yearsso nylgut was a nice in-between alternative, I think I will buy more in the future for sure..
The Bionylon felt great under my fingers, and I loved the sustain when I would do a glissando.
ANDREA PETTINARI – ITALY
Vi vorrei rivolgere i miei più sentiti complimenti per il lavoro che svolgete, e il senso di orgoglio che mi compisce nel pensare che un’azienda italiana lavori in questo modo. Ho iniziato a suonare anche grazie a Voi, e questo ve lo devo.
David Stanley – UK
On Nylgut strings…Many listeners have commented on their beautiful clear sound.
These are the best strings I have used in over 50 years of performing & teaching.
Taro Tamura – Japan
I have web shop ”Spain Guitar Online Shop” in Japan. I have sell mainly Classical guitars,Flamenco guitars and Ukes. I am interested in your ukuleles strings. It’s fantastic.
Phil Doleman – UK
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… ieri ho ricevuto le 12 mute di AMBRA che avevo richiesto, ho montato una nuova muta e sento il bisogno di ripeterti quanto detto al telefono a mio parere sono le migliori corde oggi reperibili.
…il mio parere è frutto di una esperienza quarantacinquennale …
Innanzi tutto ho sempre insegnato ai miei allievi che la musica è l’arte di organizzare i suoni ma la matrice di tutto è il suono in sè come mero epifenomeno ed al di la di ogni banale considerazione su potenza , durata , sustain ed altre simili amenità ti ringrazio perché attraverso la tua ricerca hai ridato nobiltà al suono della chitarra , si vede che dietro al tuo lavoro non vi è solo una mera ricerca commerciale , ma un affanno teso alla ricerca del bello in modo da mettere noi musicisti in condizione di dare il meglio…
M° Marcello Appignani
I have tried a lot of different brands of guitar strings but I never heard a sound so fitting to me! I am an ”anomalous” guitarist because I play also on the piano so I cannot have long nails and with the classical guitar strings Alabastro I got the sound I looked for.
George Charalampidis – Greece
…I love the sound of Aquila’s Nylgut for Oud and I do not want to buy strings from another company…
Del Ventruella – US
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James Everhart – USA
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… In questo periodo diversi miei clienti mi chiedono i Vostri prodotti…
Kreg Viesselman – Norway
My luthier, Leonardo Michelin-Salomon of LMS guitars, gave me a set of your strings to try on the guitar he made for me. Simply put, I love them.
Salvatore Pinto – ITALY
…sono bellissime, grazie. siete stati molto gentili continuerò a usare queste corde.
John Kelly – USA
…I have used your strings for years and love them…
Seoung Don Min
We’re so satisfied with your product.
Thank you for everything and honored I like this nice bright tone and rapid attack response.
also I think (as you written down the back of the pack) tone stability is quite nice
Andre Hendriks – NL
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Julian Roach – UK
… After two weeks of playing on them every day I am still delighted with them….I find them molto cantabile, with excellent sustain, quick in their response and highly responsive to variation in touch. They bring a new kind of sound out of my Sakurai-Kohno, a very ’alive’ kind of sound. I normally play on D’Addario Pro Arte, which I regard both as excellent strings and good value. Alabastros cost a lot more, but I will pay the difference for their distinctive charm. I thought you might like to know that you have a customer in the UK who is very pleased with your strings…
David Stanley – UK
…My set of Alchemia lasted over four months without losing their tone or their volume. That is a big compliment to the strings. Other strings would occasionally last me six weeks, other strings normally only last me about two weeks!
KIM MEYER – CANADA
Eventually I got my banjo tuned to standard G tuning….
I had to shorten a couple of the strings because of too many wraps around the tuner post, but now it stays in tune.
I love these Nylgut strings…
JUHA – Finland
Thank you very much for your kind support!!! Aquila has supported our events since we first begun and you have played a major role in helping us keep ukulele alive here……
DEAN BECKETT
Thank you for your wonderful customer service, I cannot speak highly enough of your fantastic follow up and I will continue to use Aquila strings and a lot of that has to do with the treatment I have received from you and your Company.
M° Massimo Gasbarroni – Italy
Come le accennavo frettolosamente, anch’io come, credo, tutti i chitarristi di questo mondo, abbiamo sempre avuto il problema di reperire delle corde di chitarra con delle prestazioni meccaniche e sonore accettabili.
Quando ero studente, fine anni quaranta-cinquanta ho provato anche le corde di budello e di seta naturalmente.
Ma se andavano bene per piccoli spazi non erano certo adatte ad una moderna sala da concerto, come ad esempio il Teatro Petruzzelli, 3000 posti, dove tenni un concerto senza problemi.
Sembrerebbe, a meno di un colossale abbaglio, che con le sue corde io possa aver finito di soffrire…
Steve Paull – Australia
The new Red Aquila strings have arrived.
I have tightened the lower G string up to the B above G with no problems.
Many thanks for your kindness and great service.
REINHOLD KRAUSE
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