Compiled with the advice and assistance of Ivo Magherini and Mimmo Peruffo
Historically, lutes were strung with gut, which gives a very different sound and feel from today's more frequent nylon stringing. Lutenists wishing to hear their instrument’s true voice should try gut stringing, and the following guide explains how
to do this.
Our first step should be to work out whether it is possible to string our lute in gut at the pitch at which we want to play it. All gut strings break at more or less the same pitch on any given string length, irrespective of their diameter; only the breaking tension varies. This is counter-intuitive...