Ambra 800

8.0015.00 + VAT

Syntetic version of the Gut & Silk 800

Until the middle of the 20th century, guitar strings were made up exclusively of gut for the trebles, and wound strings on a silk core for the basses. The acoustic performance of this kind of setup was very different from that of the current sets. It was indeed characterized by a marked timbre and brilliance of the most acute strings in gut (certainly superior to nylon and in some ways, for the treble, more similar to that of PVDF or Carbon) while the basses, on the other hand, had an exquisitely vocal quality, i.e. presenting a less bright and less persistent sonority than the current bass strings wound on a nylon core, and they were more focused on the fundamental frequencies.

The Ambra 800 set was born following these principles, and was specifically designed to best recreate the ‘sound’ of the 19th century, using modern synthetic materials.

This set (made in one degree of tension) reproduces exactly a typical 19th century string setup, as shown by our careful researches, and consists of gut-coloured Supernylgut trebles, with a rectified surface exactly as it’s done on gut strings (imitating in particular the surface of a gut treble belonging to the guitarist Andrès Segovia) , adopting diameters that represent an average of those we found during our research. Basses have a silver-plated copper winding over a special multifilament that we call ‘Rayon’; we looked for a specific balance between metal and core in order to achieve the same texture of sound found in the original silk-wound strings.


SKU N/A Category

Note Gauge (mm) equivalent gut (mm) Tension (kg) [1]
e 0,63 0,63 7,5
b 0,78 0,78 6,5
g 0,94 0,94 5,9
D 0,76(*) 1,30 6,4
A 0,94(*) 1,83 7,1
E 1,12(*) 2,36 6,7

(*) external gauge of finished wound string
[1] tensions are calculated considering a standard vibrating lenght of 65 cm and using A=440 Hz

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