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Venice gut roped strings “V” type

I can use these strings


Violin, viola, cello

basso rinascimentale

Bass (renaissance)


Lute and Baroque Guitar

G, D Violone
ATTENTION: Suitable for mid and bass registers only


In the 16th and 17th century in iconographical sources the strings on musical instruments are depicted as smooth, rather curly and, in the tract coming out of the peg box, they are often bundled up like they were made of soft cord. This suggests that at time the strings were extremely pliable, which would obviously affect their acoustical performance. On the contrary, modern gut strings, because of their stiffness, can only be made up in circular coils, lest they get damaged. Starting from this important observation and supported by other historical information we created our ” VENICE ” strings.


The Venice strings possess a remarkable degree of elasticity and pliability, superior to any strings currently on the market. This means a surprisingly ready attack and good richness in upper overtones.
Available in a wide choice of diameters and lengths, the VENICE strings are particularly suited for the mid registers of Renaissance and Baroque stringing, e.g. as 2nd and 3rd Violin, 3rd and 4th renaissance- Gambas (Tenor and Bass expecially); Lute 4th & 5 th, 2nd and 3rd Violone etc.
The new product we offer instead of the polished Venice gut strings are the semi-rectified ones.
The surface of the half- rectified strings is only partly rectified, imitating the manual polishing techique of the time just to obtain a true string.
With this method the amount of fibers damaged by the abrasive action is noticeably reduced as compared with strings rectified with modern procedures.

The advantages are: better stability
against climatic changes, longer playing life and better acoustic performance.


Because of its nature a Venice string stretches noticeably more than a regular high twist string, which leads, under equal stress, to a somewhat thinner diameter.
Hence the necessity to use a thicker starting diameter: under working stress it will settle to a diameter similar to that of a regular string’s and will eventually lead to the same working tension.
In practice the correct diameter of an equivalent Venice string is obtained by multiplying the plain high twist string diameter by 1.07.
Example: what is the right Venice string equivalent to a 1.16 mm plain gut?
Answer: 1.16 X 1.07= 124.12 (i.e. 124 V)
Notice: Due to their great elasticity Venice strings are not suitable like bowed instrument’s 1st strings

The advantages are: better stability against climatic changes, longer playing life and better acoustic performance..

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PRICES FOR Venice gut roped strings

Minimum order: 50 euros (VAT non included)

NOTE: We tested these strings for a long time: they best imitate historic hand- polishing in that they damage only a small amount of gut fibers as compared with current rectifying methods.
Owing to the special manufacturing technique employed in the production of the half-rectified string type, the diameters in this table indicate a mean value. E.g. a 120 V string indicates, in fact, a possible diameter-window between 118 and 122.
Gauges are expressed in hundred of millimeters (i.e. 120 V = 1.20 mm)
euro excluding iva-vat-tva
CODE Lenght 120 cm Lenght 180 cm
68V 12,10 /
70V 12,10 /
73V 12,10 /
76V 12,10 /
79V 14,60 /
82V 14,60 /
85V 14,60 /
88V 14,60 /
91V 14,60 /
94V 15,80 /
97V 15,80 /
100V 15,80 /
104V 15,80 /
108V 15,80 /
112V 17,00 /
116V 17,00 /
120V 17,00 /
124V 19,40 /
128V 19,40 /
132V 19,40 /
136V 19,40 /
140V 23,00 /
145V 23,00 /
150V 26,60 /
155V 26,60 /
160V 26,60 /
170V 28,50 /
180V 28,50 /
190V 30,70 /
200V 33,40 67,90
220V 33,40 67,90
240V 39,90 79,70
260V 39,90 79,70
280V 48,40 96,20
320V 53,70 107,40
340V 55,40 110,80
400V / 121,00
420V / 132,00
440V / 140,80
460V / 149,60


Aquila venice stringSilver cup of the empire roman- age: Cithara string detail (from the Berthouville treasure, Normandy)Etruscan urn of the II – I centrury a.C.: Cithara string detail (Museo Etrusco 'Guarnacci' of Volterra, Italy)