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Reconditoning Gut Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by daveemac, Jan 26, 2002.


  1. daveemac

    daveemac

    Dec 6, 2001
    SF, CA
    I just bought a backup bass. It's plywood w/gut strings, and I though this would be a good opportunity to experiment w/gut and see if I want to perform with it. The E and A are wrapped, but the D & G are pure gut and are very frayed and hairy. What do you do to deal with that?

    Thanks.
     
  2. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    I've heard the old guys reminisce about the days when they used gut strings and used their Zippos to burn off the frays. I've also heard of sand paper being used.
     
  3. 600 grit emery paper will remove the fraying hairs. I've been using neatsfoot oil to keep the strings conditioned. It does a great job keeping leather supple and protected, so I started using it on my strings about 3-4 years ago. Works for me.
    I used to use almond oil, but that stuff goes rancid and gums up the strings.
     
  4. daveemac

    daveemac

    Dec 6, 2001
    SF, CA
    Thanks, fellas!

    Great replies, and I will implement both suggestions.