Strings for string instruments were first made of sheep gut, referred to as catgut or gut, which was stretched, dried, and twisted. In the early 20th century, strings were made of gut, silk, aluminum, or steel. Modern strings may be gut, solid steel, stranded steel, or various synthetic materials, wound with various metals. Violin strings are generally not made of gut except for music from Classical periods. Music Strings have a limited lifetime. Wear is caused by the winding of a string coming undone from wear, when a string no longer plays true, and lose of the desired tone. The life of a string depends on its quality and intensity of playing.
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