Romantic and historical guitar - Aquila Gut&Silk

Until the first half of the twentieth century, the only available guitar strings were made of gut for treble and gimped with silk for bass.

Its acoustic spectrum was very different from the currently used synthetic strings, and its main features were: a remarkable tonal presence with the response and the typical brightness of the gut (certainly superior to plain nylon and in some respects closer to fluocarbon strings), while the bass had an exquisite vocal quality (not so bright as, and with less sustain than modern wound on nylon strings) with a sound that was richer in fundamental frequencies.

 

Gut&Silk 800

(1790 and 1870 performances)

This set, made with only one degree of tension, brings back to life the exact historical settings, typical of the XIX century, as evidenced by our thorough research.

Please, read carefully the advices and considerations described in the technical details section

Ambra 800 is the synthetic version of the Gut & Silk 800.

GAUGES

Tensions are calculated considering a standard vibrating length of 62 cm and using A=435 Hz

NOTE

GAUGE

GUT EQUIVALENT GAUGE

TENSION (Kg)

e

0.62

6.5

b

0.79

6.0

g

0.91

5.0

D

0.81

1.32

5.8

A

0.91

1.77

6.1

E

1.15

2.35

6.0

Gut&Silk 900

(1880-1946 performances)

Available in only one degree of tension, this set recreates the exact typical historical setting of the period of Llobet and Tárrega, by using oiled gut strings for Trebles and silk-core wound basses, as stated by Pujol in his “Escuela Razonada de la Guitarra” of 1934.

Please, read carefully the advices and considerations described in the technical details section

Ambra 900 is the synthetic version of the Gut & Silk 900.

GAUGES

Tensions are calculated considering a standard vibrating length of 65 cm and using A=435 Hz

NOTE

GAUGE

GUT EQUIVALENT GAUGE

TENSION (Kg)

e

0.66

8.1

b

0.82

7.0

g

1.00

6.6

D

0.83

1.54

8.1

A

0.94

1.91

7.7

E

1.17

2.55

7.5

technical details

  • STRING: gut and wounded strings
  • MATERIALS:
    • Trebles: Oiled gut
    • Basses: silver-plated copper winding over real silk
  • ADVICE:
    • Use this set with at the standard pitch of 435 Hz.
    • When not playing, it is also recommended to tune the wound basses a semitone lower in order to ensure their maximum lifetime.
  • CONSIDERATIONS
    • The basses of this set are in real silk, which, being naturally produced by an insect, cannot be steadily regular in their gauge. As a consequence, it may happen that the bass strings at 12th fret may be flat or sharp to a certain extent. The limit accepted by us is of 8 cents more or less. Beyond this value, the string is considered non-compliant and it will be replaced.
    • It is important to remind that the degree of compensation introduced by the inclination of the bone of the bridge – which is calibrated to the modern strings with a core of Nylon- may not apply to strings with a core of natural silk.

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