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What kind of strings do violins use?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ThePaste, Oct 18, 2001.

  1. Do they use metal or gut strings?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Violin strings are either steel, silver-plated or chrome-plated steel or aluminium wound on nylon or gut.

    Gut strings are supposed to sound better, but are more expensive and break more easily. If I remember correctly the top G string is a plain steel string anyway.

    Nylon string sets are mostly used by beginners.

    But I'm really not sure, it's been more than 6 years that I touched my violin, or even looked at it. :oops:
  3. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    Gut? Oh my God..my Orchestra teacher wasn't kidding. I feel odd now.
  4. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    JMX, wouldn't the E string be plain steel? Since it is the lowest gauge string?
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Oops, yeah!

    It's the top string alright, now I typed G instead of E, sorry. Well, that shows I'm a bass player in my mind now ;)

    violin tuning is of course G D A E (in 5th).
  6. Thomguy


    Oct 15, 2001
    New York, USA
    Most violin players use our strings and the options for the E string (among the T-I's) are plain steel, aluminum wound on steel core, chrome wound on steel core, chrome steel, tin-plated steel, chrome steel with gold plating and carbon steel with tin plating. Gut strings are still used by some but they are subject to climate changes and break easier. I lost a link to a site that shows how gut strings are made. It's a tad unsavory so for the faint of heart perhaps I should stop looking.