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Avarez Kemenche String Set (SKU: KEMCS)Avarez Kemenche String Set (SKU: KEMCS)
Baglama Electronic Saz String Set (SKU: SAZES)Baglama Electronic Saz String Set (SKU: SAZES)
Baglama Saz String Set (SKU: SAZS)Baglama Saz String Set (SKU: SAZS)
Banjira 7-String Sitar String Set - Light (SKU: BJSSTRS7)Banjira 7-String Sitar String Set - Light (SKU: BJSSTRS7)
Banjira Bulbul Tarang String Set (SKU: BJSBLTR)Banjira Bulbul Tarang String Set (SKU: BJSBLTR)
Banjira Compact Tanpura String Set (SKU: BJSTMC)Banjira Compact Tanpura String Set (SKU: BJSTMC)
Banjira Dilruba String Set (SKU: BJSDLRB)Banjira Dilruba String Set (SKU: BJSDLRB)
Banjira Ektara String Set (SKU: BJSEKTR)Banjira Ektara String Set (SKU: BJSEKTR)
Banjira Esraj String Set (SKU: BJSESRJ)Banjira Esraj String Set (SKU: BJSESRJ)
Banjira Female Tanpura String Set (SKU: BJSTNPRF)Banjira Female Tanpura String Set (SKU: BJSTNPRF)
Banjira Flat Back Tanpura String Set (SKU: BJSTNPRFB)Banjira Flat Back Tanpura String Set (SKU: BJSTNPRFB)
Banjira Gopichand 4-String Set (SKU: BJSGOPR)Banjira Gopichand 4-String Set (SKU: BJSGOPR)
Banjira Indian Santoor String Set (SKU: BJSSNTR)Banjira Indian Santoor String Set (SKU: BJSSNTR)
Banjira Male Tanpura String Set (SKU: BJSTNPRM)Banjira Male Tanpura String Set (SKU: BJSTNPRM)
Banjira Miniature Tanpura String Set (SKU: BJSTNPRMM)Banjira Miniature Tanpura String Set (SKU: BJSTNPRMM)
Banjira Persian Hammered Dulcimer/Santoor String Set (SKU: BJSPSN)Banjira Persian Hammered Dulcimer/Santoor String Set (SKU: BJSPSN)
Banjira Pro 7-String Sitar String Set - Heavy (SKU: BJSSTRPH7)Banjira Pro 7-String Sitar String Set - Heavy (SKU: BJSSTRPH7)
Banjira Sarangi String Set (SKU: BJSSRGS)Banjira Sarangi String Set (SKU: BJSSRGS)
Banjira Saraswati Veena Main String Set (SKU: BJSVENS)Banjira Saraswati Veena Main String Set (SKU: BJSVENS)
Banjira Shahi Baaja String Set (SKU: BJSSBJ)Banjira Shahi Baaja String Set (SKU: BJSSBJ)
Banjira Sitar Chikari & Sympathetic String Set (SKU: BJSSTCT)Banjira Sitar Chikari & Sympathetic String Set (SKU: BJSSTCT)
Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 5, Light (SKU: BJSSTRPL5)Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 5, Light (SKU: BJSSTRPL5)
Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 6-String (SKU: BJSSTRP6)Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 6-String (SKU: BJSSTRP6)
Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 7, Light (SKU: BJSSTRPL7)Banjira Sitar String Set, Pro, 7, Light (SKU: BJSSTRPL7)
Banjira Sitar String Set, Std, 6-String (SKU: BJSSTRS6)Banjira Sitar String Set, Std, 6-String (SKU: BJSSTRS6)
Banjira Sitar-kulele String Set (SKU: BJSSTUK)Banjira Sitar-kulele String Set (SKU: BJSSTUK)
Banjira Sur Bahar String Set (SKU: BJSSURS)Banjira Sur Bahar String Set (SKU: BJSSURS)
Banjira Swar Mandal String Set (SKU: SWAS)Banjira Swar Mandal String Set (SKU: SWAS)
Banjira Vitchitra Veena String Set (SKU: BJSVCTV)Banjira Vitchitra Veena String Set (SKU: BJSVCTV)
Cross Strung Harp String Set 38 (SKU: RBSHS38CS)Cross Strung Harp String Set 38 (SKU: RBSHS38CS)
Cumbus Mandolin String Set (SKU: CMBBS)Cumbus Mandolin String Set (SKU: CMBBS)
Cumbus Tambur String Set (SKU: CMBTS)Cumbus Tambur String Set (SKU: CMBTS)
Cumbus Ukulele Nylon String Set (SKU: CMUKSN)Cumbus Ukulele Nylon String Set (SKU: CMUKSN)
Cura Cumbus String Set (SKU: CMBCS)Cura Cumbus String Set (SKU: CMBCS)
EMS Rebec String Set (SKU: REBS)EMS Rebec String Set (SKU: REBS)
La Bella 8-Course Lute String Set (SKU: LBSLUT8)La Bella 8-Course Lute String Set (SKU: LBSLUT8)
La Bella Arabic Oud 11/12-String Set (SKU: LBSOUDA)La Bella Arabic Oud 11/12-String Set (SKU: LBSOUDA)
La Bella Balalaika Steel 6-String Set - Loop End (SKU: LBSBLLK)La Bella Balalaika Steel 6-String Set - Loop End (SKU: LBSBLLK)
La Bella Turkish Oud 11-String Set (SKU: LBSOUDT)La Bella Turkish Oud 11-String Set (SKU: LBSOUDT)
Lavta String Set (SKU: LAUS)Lavta String Set (SKU: LAUS)
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If your instrument is not quite as “plucky” as it used to be, the cure may just be discovered in a new set of instrument strings. Sound World Instruments (SWI) carries a fabulous assortment of replacement musical instrument string sets by such names as D'Addario, Banjira, Pyramid, Avarez, La Bella, Aruna and Roosebeck.

There are a number of string makers producing a variety of string set options that differ in the basic material of construction, such as steel, stainless steel, nylon or even gut! In the case of wire strings, the quality, the gauge or thickness and the type of metal needs to be carefully considered. In choosing the proper string for your desired aesthetic, please keep these clues in mind:

  • The type of alloy used as the wrap wire determines the dominant tonal quality of the strings. Nickel is extremely popular as it provides great overall tone and sound. Stainless steel provides a brighter, more cutting tone. Phosphor Bronze strings are legendary for their full, rich, acoustic tone. Bronze strings have great acoustic clarity coupled with extra-bright, loud tone. When it comes to the type of metal, brass vs bronze, it is a matter of taste. Bronze has a warmer sound than brass. The trade off is that bronze is more "stretchy" than brass, so it goes out of tune easier. Silk and steel strings provide a mellow tone preferred by many folk artists and also make for easier fingering and allow for reduced string noise.
    • English and German makers tend to use high quality, high carbon steel; they are therefore more expensive than Indian sets. The trade off is that high carbon steel is also more prone to rust in a humid climate.
      • If the wire quality is the same, than thinner gauge wires are easier to bend, when playing, than heavier gauges. The trade off is that you lose the lower bass notes with the thinner gauge wire.
        • Wiping down your strings after each use, as simple as that seems, can go a long way in helping to preserve string longevity.
        Please explore our copious collection for the “Good Vibrations” you know & love!
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