plain gut D string with sustain

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by bassdivad, Aug 31, 2020.

  1. bassdivad


    Mar 18, 2016
    Hello everybody,
    wich plain gut D string has the most sustain?
    I love gut strings but D string is never easy
    but maybe I just have to find the right one
  2. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    You won't find a gut string that can match a steel-core string for sustain. Physical properties.

    I've tried Lenzner, La Bella, Aquila, Gamut Lyon and Pistoy. I give the slight edge to Gamut Pistoy Light+.
  3. bassdivad


    Mar 18, 2016
    thanks a lot, I did not mean a string with Spiro Sustain.
    But I have a full set of Gut Strings, and only the D String is not satisfying me with the sustain
    maybe I ll try the gamut
    I guess I am not the only person with this Problem, any other ideas?
  4. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    olive or eudoxa

    edit: my bad not plain gut
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  5. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    Not plain gut.
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  6. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    You're definitely not the only person to have a D string that sounds different from the others! Even with steel strings.

    My guess - totally nonscientific - is that the D string on a bass is like the "break" in a singer's voice, where he/she goes from chest to head. The singer obviously has to sing through it; focus and practice is involved.

    My other observation - perhaps a little more scientific - is that your bass and its setup have more to do with sustain and lack thereof than the strings themselves. Every wolf tone I've ever experienced is on the D string, but taming that wolf does not involve that string itself.
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  7. A plain gut D with sustain? Wut?
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  8. elmer


    Oct 1, 2004
    Pirastro Chorda CH D has some sustain and the regular G Chorda has lots of it if you want.
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  9. Reiska


    Jan 27, 2014
    Helsinki, Finland
    Gamut Pistoy light+ would be my bet for this one, but it still is a plain gut D.
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  10. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Krivo Pickups
    I’ve tried a lot of Gut D strings. The Pistoy is indeed the best (I had light+) but it’s almost $200 and doesn’t change the basic realities of gut strings. In the past, I used a Garbo D, goldenslap D, and an Evah Slap D as well. They all blended with a plain gut G pretty well.
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  11. Presto Ultralight D. Don’t change it for 15 years.
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  12. labravajazz

    labravajazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2006
    Sydney Australia
    Also heads up gamut Pistoy D
    Also CH Chorda
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  13. bassdivad


    Mar 18, 2016
    very interesting ideas with the break point
    its a pretty good 110 years old German bass, set up pretty comfortable, do not really know what I could change in the setup
  14. bassdivad


    Mar 18, 2016
    Chorda Carlos Henriquez are on the Bass right now
    So I guess I have to order the pistoy
    or start practicing
    thanks and all the best
  15. elmer


    Oct 1, 2004
    If synthetics could be an option, I´d try Innovation Super Silvers. I was surprised how guttish they sound (especially the G) but with singing sustain if you will. Great fat touch and in tune :) I´m excited with them!
  16. labravajazz

    labravajazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2006
    Sydney Australia
    Yes the Pistoy are definitely clearer and more playable right up the fingerboard. Practice will also help though ;)
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  17. bassdivad


    Mar 18, 2016
    just want to let you know, Pistoy light + D makes me very happy.
    pretty scratchy with the bow, but I can enjoy
    tried also chorda Carlos Henrique again, sounds really weak on my bass.
    thanks everybody!
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  18. Dean Shakked

    Dean Shakked

    Apr 26, 2014
    Another vote for Gamut Pistoy, I have the medium gauge on my Kay and I'm happy with its sustain and clarity, but it will never sound Spiro-like.
  19. speedydee


    Feb 3, 2007
    as a longtime plain gut user, my gamut pistoy (d+g) probably have a little too much sustain for me.
    if that helps you at all . . .
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