SYNTHETIC OR SHEEP-GUT STRINGS
Synthetic strings, plain and wound gut strings, can all be damaged if mounted on an insufficiently smooth bridge or upper nut. If the strings come into contact with sharp edges in these areas then they can become weakened or even break. Therefore, please make sure to nicely smoothen all the areas of the instrument which may come into contact with your strings and to apply a thin layer of graphite to each. Please also note that if your instrument is smaller than usual you should take special care as you tie the string ends onto the pegs.
Don’t allow each successive winding of excess string to overlap previous windings. Instead, ensure that each successive revolution of excess string is wound around parallel to previous windings.
SHEEP GUT STRINGS
With wound gut strings it is possible that the metal winding can damage the gut core. As a result you should take special care that the edges of the bridge and upper nut are smooth, and that the groove of the upper nut is not too deep or too tight. Your luthier will be able to be helpful in this respect. Sheep gut strings are robust and long-lasting.
This is as a result, in no small part, due to their tendency somewhat to “repair” themselves when not being played, in contrast to steel and synthetic core strings. Recognizing this natural process, sheep-gut strings should be left tuned 1/4 tone lower during long periods when the strings are not being used.
While steel strings are highly robust, they are especially sensitive to over-tuning. It is therefore important that you are cautious during tuning.
At minimum, the over-tuning of steel strings leads to the string being overstretched and finally breaking.
Steel strings need a somewhat lower bridge than gut and synthetic core strings. Your luthier will be able to help you with this.
Please take care not to allow the loop of the string itself to come into contact with the sharp-edged part of the fine tuner when you are using a loop fine tuner. To prevent this, we offer a synthetic insert for the loop fine tuner itself which increases the lifespan of the string.