Gut Strings for Ancient Lyres – Authentic Strings for Ancient Stringed Instruments
This listing is for a set of 7 or 9 gut strings for our authentic ancient Greek lyres or any other stringed instrument. They are made using animal gut, a material that was used by Ancient Greeks and other civilisations during the antiquity.
Due to their natural material, gut strings are more sensitive than other synthetic ones. On the other hand, according to many musicians, gut strings can produce premium sound. Our set of gut strings are designed and manufactured to be used mainly by low to mid tension stringed instruments, like most of the lyre-like instruments of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.
This set can be purchased by anyone that owns a Luthieros Lyre, to have extra strings for future use. What's more, this set is ideal for players who own low-tension ancient replica string instruments outside Luthieros family and want to have authentic strings.
The length of the gut strings is 65 cm and they come in three different thicknesses: thickness 0 (the thickest one), thickness 1 and thickness 2 (the thinner one).
So, a set for a 7string lyre has three strings of thickness 0, two strings of thickness 1 and two strings of thickness 2. A set for a 9string lyre has three strings of thickness 0, three strings of thickness 1 and three strings of thickness 2.
Needless to say that no animal was harmed during the manufacturing process of our gut strings. Due to their natural material, Luthieros gut strings are limited and can become unavailable at any time.
* In case you need a set of gut strings with a different number of strings, get in touch with us in order to see if we can help you!
* Our set of ancient gut strings are not ideal for using on a harp and they are of a different nature, meaning they have different quality features. For this reason, they can't be used in a harp or any other high tension stringed instrument!
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