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Aquila Guitar Alabastro Nylgut/Silverplate Set Heavy, GALBS-H

Aquila Guitar Alabastro Nylgut/Silverplate Set Heavy, GALBS-H
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Aquila Guitar Alabastro Nylgut/Silverplate Set Heavy, GALBS-H5Doug H.August 20, 2011I have had 2 sets of these on a spruce topped rosewood T. Rodriguez guitar that is a concert caliber instrument. I wanted a tone closer to 'gut' (slightly more natural and even a bit brittle like a lute). The Nylgut trebles look odd at first, but the feel is excellent and very comfortable and they seems to last very well and stay in tune well. They do require extra care in installing and stretching them and your guitar nut slots should be in good shape because Nylgut is more delicate that nylon. If you are a Renaissance music fan, these might interest you (Cutting's Greensleeves, Go From My Window, etc.) because they have a certain 'charm' to them that is hard to describe, but they are definitely not as bright and bell-like as other modern trebles. Try one set and you'll know if they are for you. On a very bright ('trebly') guitar, these might subdue it and make it more balanced and rich sounding. I like them for what they are!

Nylgut is a completely different material than Nylon and needs a bit of extra care during installation because of its soft surface and different molecular structure.

First check that the string channels in the nut are rounded and have no sharp edges, especially the lower edges facing the fingerboard. Because the string approaches from a slightly downward angle, if that edge is sharp the string can hang up on it, create a burr and break. It needs to be just slightly radiused, and this procedure can be done with very fine sand paper and an old string, or a small round file. Some makers ignore this because Nylon strings are very hard and can withstand a poor set up. Sometimes bridge saddle edges on the tying side are sharp as well and should be radiused slightly with fine sandpaper.

It is good to help the strings over the nut by lifting them slightly right at the nut as you tune up. Plain Nylgut trebles stretch like crazy so you should also cinch the strings up tight on the barrels before winding. Be sure not to overlap wound strings on the tuning barrels. The preferred method is to put a set on an instrument in the evening, bring them just up to pitch, let them sit overnight, and finish tuning in the morning. This allows the molecules some time to adjust to being stretched. Give them a week or so to stretch in fully (less for ukulele strings) before passing any judgment on tone as it takes a while for them to develop their best sound.






1st E


.67 mm

8.6 Kg

2nd B


.82 mm

7.2 Kg

3rd G


.97 mm

6.4 Kg

4th D

Silver-plated copper on Nylgut

1.45 mm

7.8 Kg

5th A

Silver-plated copper on Nylgut

1.90 mm

8.1 Kg

6th E

Silver-plated copper on Nylgut

2.45 mm

7.5 Kg

Set with two degrees of tension. The first three strings use monofilaments of rounded, polished Nylgut® "synthetic gut". Its features include promptness of attack, acoustic projection, excellent timbre and a truly remarkable stability of intonation, not to mention an admirable evenness of tone with the overspun basses.

The basses, overspun with silver-plated copper, consist of a core of Nylgut® multifilament that ensures not only a high resistance to tensile stress but also a low absorption of both atmospheric humidity and sweat. This makes for rapid and stable intonation, as well as greater durability.
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