DIY Leather Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Mustafa Umut Sa, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. Mustafa Umut Sa

    Mustafa Umut Sa

    Oct 20, 2007
    One forum friend from Denmark posted about leather picks. Thanks to him.

    Well , why string built with gut but not with leather ?

    Can we tape steel string with leather or can we make bare leather strings ?

    thank you,

    Mustafa Umut Sarac
  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Electric bass strings have to be made of metal to work with magnetic pickups.
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  3. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    I couldn’t see leather strings ever working.
  4. How about the idea of wrapping leather around steel strings the same way the tapewounds are steel strings with nylon outer wrap?
  5. Mustafa Umut Sa

    Mustafa Umut Sa

    Oct 20, 2007
    Its a good idea. I think bare leather strings is a problem where there are gut strings but no leather strings. I think problem is to create few layers of leather glued and than sliced and than rounded with rotating abrasive heads at 3 corners of the string. You can atomise iron nanoparticles in a glue on to some area of string.

    Taping is a good idea but finding uitable leather everytime would be very expensive. It would be expensive to find suitable leather research also.
  6. There you go... Sounds like you've just answered your own question as to the feasibility of "leather-wound" electric bass strings. ;)
  7. Mustafa Umut Sa

    Mustafa Umut Sa

    Oct 20, 2007
    Taping would be expensive but bare leather would be much cheaper and easier. In baroque times , metal strings were drawing from metal hole.

    I think , gluing , slicing , drawing the sliced leather from knife edges would be much easier than making gut strings. During gluing the leather , you can put a steel wire in to the composite and no need to tape wound.

    Its an economic craft also.

    There is much more and lot cheaper than all above. Its using high quality artificial leather polyurethane resin to coat the entire string with single dip in to resin. I bought a extra cheap artificial leather shoe and its good.

    There are 40000 different polyurethane resin in the world and there must be lot suitable.
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  8. The original bass strings Leo made were gut with metal somehow added.
  9. bearfoot

    bearfoot Inactive

    Jan 27, 2005
    Chittenango, NY
    I say we bring out the Gimp.
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  10. AboutSweetSue

    AboutSweetSue Guest

    Sep 29, 2018
    I would try leather strings. Good luck figuring it out. The leather would need to be real thin, or else the diameter will be too much. Wrap that around steel strings, might work.

    I’d buy a set.
  11. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    I'm in, but I would greatly prefer strings made of a leather that matches my codpiece.
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  13. Adienn7


    Jan 26, 2007
    Thin leather-ese tape is what is you need
  14. Mustafa Umut Sa

    Mustafa Umut Sa

    Oct 20, 2007
    I have just looked in to leather-ese artificial leather repair tape and I think problem would be streching and and due cracking of the leather or artificial leather.

    Well , elixir coats their strings with gore tex core resin and same can be done with polyurethane foam resin also , this was a new idea.

    Now , let me learn that if we stretch the string on bass , how many centimeters we would need to wind the tuner to achieve real tension , when we learn it and divide to the lenght of string , we would learn the needed strenght to stretch.

    Can you help ?
  15. Martin Beer

    Martin Beer

    Dec 4, 2004
    I remember reading that the strings for the Kora, a West African instrument, were made from strips of hide at one time. I think they've all moved to nylon now though.
  16. Mustafa Umut Sa

    Mustafa Umut Sa

    Oct 20, 2007
    Thank you Martin , Great Forum. Now , lets talk about strips of leather. Do you think rectangular section of hide strip, works as a string on bass ? I am thinking there is no need of metal , 1 dollars worth of large circular piezo sensor might sense everything and send to amp.

    I think rectangular - flat - strip might be more peaceful to left hand. I will research the subject.
  17. Mustafa Umut Sa

    Mustafa Umut Sa

    Oct 20, 2007
    The strings are made of different strength of nylon fishing line (in former times twisted strips of hide). The thicker bass strings are sometimes made by twisting thinner ones until they have 2/3/4 times the strength

    twisting is necessary for kora.