What E & A with guts

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by drivin5string, Jun 15, 2020.

  1. drivin5string


    Feb 1, 2017
    The ever-popular question - what E and A goes well with guts? My current situation - a bluegrass / country / occasional slap player - no arco. Have a '38 American Standard with EP Slaps with gut. The tone, volume, and balance works well for that bass. Also have a carved roundback that only sees fair weather and indoor situations. Currently has EP Slap gut set on it as well, which hasn't been a bad way to go, but willing to take a leap if the reward is worth the investment. Love the old school gut sound - Jr. Huskey, Bob Moore, Roy Jr., Dennis Crouch. Yes, technique has about another 40 years or so to go... Otherwise, considering Oliv, Chorda, Eudoxa, etc. with Gamut heavy Lyon G and medium Pistoy D. It's a better bass than I deserve, and want to make the most of it.
  2. 834federal

    834federal David Brodie

    Feb 25, 2012
    I've been using all guts (chordas) on my main bass and it's great to use the gut for all four IMO. That said, my other bass is really responding well to Spirocore Mediums on the E and A paired with gut D and G. Good luck!
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  3. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    No arco?
    for the A string: Gamut pistoy, Oliv, Spirocore weich, Evah Pirazzi weich.
    for the E string: Any wrapped gut string, Spirocore weich, EP weich, EP slap.

    Having had two Eudoxas fail in the last couple of months, I can't recommend them.
  4. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I feel like there are already tons of threads on this
  5. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    I also have a '38 American standard (& a '36!). Spiro mediums over guts work better than anything else I've tried. It currently struts a Spirocore stark E and handles it well- massive power with no obvious limitations.
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  6. PaperbackRyder

    PaperbackRyder Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Maynard, MA
    I'm running a Gamut copper wound A and an Animal E (or Spiro mittel) under the Red Diamond D/G.
    Also have tried the same Lyon heavy G and Pistoy med D on top. The RD's are the best blend. With those bottoms.
  7. whatsgood


    Sep 1, 2019
    Anybody try zyex e and a with plain gut d and g?