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ALABASTRO - The first three strings are polished Nylgut. 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, wound with silver-plated copper wire, 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 stable intonation, as well as greater durability.
Nylgut, distinguishable by its milk-white color, has a specific density and acoustical qualities nearly identical to that of gut, and is the first synthetic version of the natural product.
Other strong points of Nylgut are its elevated resistance to wear under tension-greater than that of gut-but even more important is its extraordinary immunity to changes of climate, considerably better than that of Nylon and thereby ensuring a superior stability of tuning under normal conditions.
Nylgut can be used advantageously as a substitute for nylon strings for plucked instruments. Nylgut strings are also well suited for the 1st through 5th courses of the renaissance and d minor baroque lutes, and for baroque guitars, vihuelas, ukuleles, and 19th century banjos.