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Aquila Guitar Alabastro Nylgut/Silverplate Set Medium, GALBS-M

Aquila Guitar Alabastro Nylgut/Silverplate Set Medium, GALBS-M
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Aquila Guitar Alabastro Nylgut/Silverplate Set Medium, GALBS-M5Bob BoothJune 11, 2011I have used the higher tensions offered by Aquila before but this is the first time trying the mediums. None of the other reviewers seem to have long break in times or at least if they do it is not mentioned. I noticed this with the high tensions on two different guitars. The mediums took nearly four weeks of daily (~1 hr/day) playing to settle enough to produce a clear harmonic at either VII or XII, During that same period there was a noticeable deadness of the 4th string in the seventh position. Aquila suggests pulling on the strings to speed break in and perhaps I did not pull enough by hand but long break in is something to consider. Now that the strings are pretty stable intonation is quite good, harmonics sing and when used in a drop D bass tuning they just seem to come alive. Also the bass windings are of a fairly soft alloy of what appears to be a somewhat smaller diameter wire than most other strings. This means very quiet transitions and slides. In use, I think these sound very good with lute transcriptions and period pieces as a solo instrument. Not sure how they would stand up in a chamber situation especially with quintet.

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


.65 mm

8.00 Kg

2nd B


.80 mm

6.8 Kg

3rd G


.95 mm

6.0 Kg

4th D

Silver-plated copper on Nylgut

1.40 mm

7.4 Kg

5th A

Silver-plated copper on Nylgut

1.85 mm

7.7 Kg

6th E

Silver-plated copper on Nylgut

2.36 mm

6.9 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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