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Lenzner Gut vs. Animas?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Lia_G, May 14, 2006.

  1. Lia_G


    Oct 27, 2005
    Hey, folks,

    I still really like the Animas on my bass, but am just getting more and more curious about gut. I'm considering trying out some Lenzner or similar guts, with probably plain g + d and wrapped a + e. Anyone have any input regarding a comparison of these strings? How is arco on gut vs Animas? (I don't find the Animas to bow that well ... in that respect I definitely miss the Eurosonics).

    Also, I see that Bob G. sells Lenzner sets with the a + e wound, or with a plain a and wrapped e. Any input regarding the plain a versus wrapped a??? For both arco and pizz?

    For background, if I haven't mentioned it recently, I play for a few singer-songwriters, everything from alt-country to blues to folk to bluegrass to sort of alternative-jazz.-pop. Mostly pizz, but some arco, with ppossibly some slap in the future (but not yet).

  2. spaghettiwestern

    spaghettiwestern Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Greater Boston Area
    I tried these on my bass many years ago. Definitely get the wound A. The unwound sounded like a rubberband (though it was the thickest string i've ever seen). Also, these took forever to strecth out, but I guess that's common with plain gut strings.

    I remember hating these strings, but then again it was a different bass and a different time in my playing life. I just wasn't ready for the transition to gut. Maybe I should dig 'em out of the string box and try 'em again.
  3. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    I usually use a plain gut A string, either by Lenzner or Gotz, which is slightly heavier. It takes a very loose, resonant bass to get the plain gut A to sound like a musical note rather than a dull thud. The right bass gets really excited by this string. Most basses don't, though, so their appeal to owners of heavier basses might be limited to players who slap a lot.

    Steve Swan
  4. Lia_G


    Oct 27, 2005
    Thanks forthe replies, guys. And thanks for that info, Steve. Since both my basses are plywood, I'm betting they wouldn't come alive for the plain gut A then. Although who knows? But if I try them, I believe that I'll try the wrapped A.

  5. I would suggest the Lenzner G & D with Dominants on the bottom. Or, your animas for bottoms.

    The Lenzners are good guts, and surprisingly stable.

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