The Aquila Ambra set was developed keeping in mind this historical fact, in order to best re-create, by means of modern synthetic materials, the sound of Llobet and Tàrrega. This set was conceived for one grade of tension (super high tension trebles and normal tension basses) and consists of polished Nylgut (rectified) for the trebles, adopting the representative mean diameters as indicated by Pujol in his "Escuela Razonada de la Guitarra" from 1934 (less scaling tension than the modern guitar trebles), while for the basses (silvered copper wires wound on Nylgut multifilament core) the right balance between wire and core was struck, which would recreate exactly the typical sound of the wound silk strings of the time. Due to the super high tension trebles and delicate basses it is not recommended that tuning exceed a=430hz!
Up to the middle of the 20th century, the only available strings for guitar were plain gut for the trebles and wound on silk core for the basses: their acoustical performance was quite different from that of modern stringings. The salient characteristics were: a marked timbral presence, response and brightness typical of the gut strings (certainly superior to plain nylon and in some respects closer to PVDF or carbon) while the basses, on the other hand, possessed an exquisitely vocal quality, i.e. not so bright as, and with less sustain than, modern wound on nylon strings and more fundamental heavy.
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