A very simple and fast way to make your own wire-wound strings.NOTE: 3 additional photos are available. Click here for information.
In my musical experimentation, I often have need for wound strings. Commercial strings for a full sized 4-string upright bass (my current project) are insanely expensive. This method makes a very nice sounding A and E string. This is just a general how-to article - the basics here can be applied to any wound string, be it metal core, synthetic core etc. This morning I made a bass A string from .033 music wire (core) with #24 wire as the winding - whole process took about 15 minutes. For the winding, I have used both copper and brass wire - on the order of 24 gauge - quite successfully. Brass is preferable. I have not tried other wires. Once string is wound, I run sandpaper carefully up and down the rotating string to flatten off/smooth the top of the winding wire, thus creating a more or less "flat-wound" string. Finish off with fine sandpaper. Steel wool tends to grab.
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