Wound Gut History

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by goodgig, Feb 2, 2014.


  1. goodgig

    goodgig

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    I currently have a full set of guts on my bass: wound E and A and plain guts for the D & G. As I'm playing through some classical etudes, I'm curious as to when the wound D and G came into prominent use in the orchestra. Any one know the history of wound guts? Also do any orchestral players still use plain guts on the D & G?
  2. goodgig

    goodgig

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    Hmmm. Nobody? I thought a title like "Wound Gut History" would have brought loads of info, interest and insight. :confused:
  3. tyb507

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    Interest, yes...I tried to find an article I read recently that covered this subject, bu couldn't find it.
  4. eerbrev

    eerbrev

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    http://earlybass.com/ is a good place to start regarding Gut strings and their history.

    I don't know of anyone who uses unwound gut strings on their orchestral bass (for modern playing), though that doesn't mean anything. My teacher plays on plain guts on top in a baroque ensemble, and uses wound guts on the bottom. Another teacher I have worked with uses Eudoxas on the bottom (and occasionally on top), and I know that Alan Molitz, last time I checked, uses Eudoxas all the way across as well.
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  6. goodgig

    goodgig

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    eerbrev - thanks for the info and link. I was playing Bach along with one of my cello students this past week. The plain guts sure do sound nice with baroque.

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