Is there a gut E string that bows well?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by AGCurry, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    First, I have to say that I am an arco novice, and if the problem lies in my technique, I hope someone will give me some advice.

    My #1 and #2 basses are strung with gut. One has Gamut "Academie" E and A, one has Red Diamond E and A. Both have Lenzner D and G.

    My #3 bass has a Spirocore weich set. I have no problem drawing a good fundamental note on its E string; and, I can draw good sounds from the A, D, and G of the gut-strung basses, with relative ease. But both gut E strings are prone to producing harmonics before I can get fundamentals.

    So: Is there a gut E string that's better for arco? If not, is there a technique that will more surely draw a good fundamental? Or (option 3), should I bite the bullet and string the basses with metal E strings? I do love the guts for pizz.
  2. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Nashville TN
    If you go with wrapped gut try an Eudoxa E string.
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  3. Gregmak


    Oct 1, 2009
    Larnaca, Cyprus
    I second Eudoxa E. In my opinion it's the best wrapped gut string.
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