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YogiTom
06-14-2019, 03:29 AM
Has anyone tried these? Iím very interested in trying them out on my vintage ukes, but given I could buy several sets of other strings for the price of one of these I wanted to ask here first.

Follow up question: does anyone know what animalís guts are used for these strings? I know cat was traditional, but if it is still the case, that will end my curiosity pretty quickly...I feel like my two cats would know and then silently judge me whenever I play the gut strings...

Arcy
06-14-2019, 03:58 AM
To the follow up: Your felines are safe. The only “cat” is in the name. Traditionally from sheep or goat or cow intestine. Cats will judge you anyway.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catgut

YogiTom
06-14-2019, 04:06 AM
To the follow up: Your felines are safe. The only “cat” is in the name. Traditionally from sheep or goat or cow intestine. Cats will judge you anyway.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catgut

Good to know! I always thought it odd that cat gut was the preferred choice...

And I know using other animal gut isn’t ideal, either, but at least my brain can rationalize it as they are being slaughtered for meat anyway, why let the intestines go to waste?

Though, I suppose shelters often have euthanized cats...

Sorry, this turned much darker than I anticipated!

bkrownd
06-14-2019, 11:43 AM
Well you have to choose your gut carefully, depending on whether you want more of a "meooowwww" or a "baa-aa-aa-aa-aa" or a "moooooooo" sound. Dogs are safe, since nobody wants their ukulele to "ruff! ruff! ruff!"

YogiTom
06-14-2019, 12:08 PM
Well you have to choose your gut carefully, depending on whether you want more of a "meooowwww" or a "baa-aa-aa-aa-aa" or a "moooooooo" sound. Dogs are safe, since nobody wants their ukulele to "ruff! ruff! ruff!"

I would’ve thought that the classic onomatopoeia of “bark” would be exactly what ukulele players are looking for, though... ;)

Arcy
06-14-2019, 12:19 PM
If you run electric then avoid snakes, weasels and hummingbirds: don't want any hisses, pops, or hums!

YogiTom
06-14-2019, 12:25 PM
Well, my curiosity got the better of me. Added a soprano set to my order and will give them a whirl once they arrive. I’ll report back with an update on the sound the make. ;)

glennerd
06-14-2019, 01:07 PM
Has anyone tried these? I’m very interested in trying them out on my vintage ukes, but given I could buy several sets of other strings for the price of one of these I wanted to ask here first.

Follow up question: does anyone know what animal’s guts are used for these strings? I know cat was traditional, but if it is still the case, that will end my curiosity pretty quickly...I feel like my two cats would know and then silently judge me whenever I play the gut strings...

Knowing cats it might be the first time they actually respected you - if it's even possible for a cat to respect a human ... :rolleyes:

bkrownd
06-14-2019, 02:08 PM
Knowing cats it might be the first time they actually respected you - if it's even possible for a cat to respect a human ... :rolleyes:

They know they're the superior species, and humans live to serve. Happy cat, happy life. :cool:

YogiTom
06-14-2019, 02:13 PM
They know they're the superior species, and humans live to serve. Happy cat, happy life. :cool:

As soon as I realized that cats immediately forget what they’ve done and that “punishment” for bad behavior just makes them hate you for being mean, my life with cats has improved exponentially! :)

Ukecaster
06-14-2019, 02:35 PM
I always heard that you can tune gut uke strings as "My Cat Has Fleas". Maybe I have that wrong? :confused:

Bill Sheehan
06-15-2019, 03:06 AM
If you run electric then avoid snakes, weasels and hummingbirds: don't want any hisses, pops, or hums!

Okay, I can't compete with that... :)

mimmo
06-15-2019, 03:33 AM
but.. what the heck you thinks that we make gut strings from cats? Catgut= cattlegut (it come from a long time ago...)
Now more seriusly, gut strings are expensive because we employ 12 days to make them; mostly by hands.
see here our job:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ywzxkC0NAc&t=11s
take care dude and.. yes, I am the guy that is polishing the gut strings on the frame by a dryed grass and oliv oil..
Mimmo Italy

Lacole
06-15-2019, 03:35 AM
I always heard that you can tune gut uke strings as "My Cat Has Fleas". Maybe I have that wrong? :confused:

The cat would deny having fleas.

glennerd
06-15-2019, 04:51 AM
but.. what the heck you thinks that we make gut strings from cats? Catgut= cattlegut (it come from a long time ago...)
Now more seriusly, gut strings are expensive because we employ 12 days to make them; mostly by hands.
see here our job:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ywzxkC0NAc&t=11s
take care dude and.. yes, I am the guy that is polishing the gut strings on the frame by a dryed grass and oliv oil..
Mimmo Italy

Thanks for the explanation mimmo, I wondered how it got the name catgut!

YogiTom
06-15-2019, 05:04 AM
but.. what the heck you thinks that we make gut strings from cats? Catgut= cattlegut (it come from a long time ago...)
Now more seriusly, gut strings are expensive because we employ 12 days to make them; mostly by hands.
see here our job:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ywzxkC0NAc&t=11s
take care dude and.. yes, I am the guy that is polishing the gut strings on the frame by a dryed grass and oliv oil..
Mimmo Italy

Thanks for your hard work! I’m genuinely excited to try these more traditional strings out, and now I know who to thank for that. Keep up the good work! I’m sure it isn’t easy, but most things worth doing rarely are.

Kenn2018
06-15-2019, 07:23 PM
You will have to compare them to the Aquilla Nylgut and see if they indeed captured the sound of the gut strings.

Mimmo, thanks for the work y'all do for ukulele instruments. You have improved the experience immeasurably for thousands of players.

mimmo
06-15-2019, 09:48 PM
Yogi Tom, why you do not send a mail to me?
maybe in the box I have someting for you dream
aquila@aquilacorde.com

Thanks guys! I am proud to be in this comunicty of lovely people

Ukecaster
06-16-2019, 02:29 AM
but.. what the heck you thinks that we make gut strings from cats? Catgut= cattlegut (it come from a long time ago...)
Now more seriusly, gut strings are expensive because we employ 12 days to make them; mostly by hands.
see here our job:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ywzxkC0NAc&t=11s
take care dude and.. yes, I am the guy that is polishing the gut strings on the frame by a dryed grass and oliv oil..
Mimmo Italy

Wow, very educational video! With such a labor intensive process, I'd expect them to cost much more than Nylgut strings.

John boy
06-16-2019, 05:33 AM
I agree -- that was really fascinating. Thanks Mimmo, for posting that video. I did not know how these strings were made at all, but I have always wondered. Very, very labor-intensive.

PetalumaRescuke
06-16-2019, 08:51 PM
Well, Ok I have a set and will reunite a 100 year old 2M to Gut strings. I'm wondering if I should use a D6 tuning.

EDW
06-17-2019, 12:11 AM
Very interesting video.


Well, Ok I have a set and will reunite a 100 year old 2M to Gut strings. I'm wondering if I should use a D6 tuning.

Let us know how that goes. I'd love to know the results.

Mimmo- a few questions: what is the life span of gut strings? How often does the player need to change these?

PetalumaRescuke
06-17-2019, 03:52 PM
maybe in the box I have someting for you dream

SchrŲdinger's cat?

mimmo
06-17-2019, 07:43 PM
a gut strings lifetime... who knows? it is hard to predict it. it is like your shoes, depend by a lot of things.
However in my experience the most critical string is always the 1st (of course). If can last 10 days or till some months.
In any case, despite the beautiful sound, the gut setup is very expenisve, strings has raf surfaces, they less stable to moisture changes and last a less.
We are luky to live in these times...
Mimmo