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I opened a package of nylgut strings and found them color coded but no info to match the colors with the string.
Should I assume that the order they were in is how I know? Yellow was first and next to a wound (white) string. Thus I assume the white wound string is 'G' and the yellow one the short 'D' (fifth string). Then comes green, black, and red which I assume are 'D', 'F#', and 'A'. Is my assumption correct? Not sure what would happen if they fell out of the package when it was opened.

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Comment by Strumelia on November 4, 2022 at 6:32pm

Hi Al.

On one of my packages ("minstrel set") the legend says:





5th=YELLOW (spelt "Jellow" on the package, lolol)

Hope that helps. Lisa

Comment by Strumelia on November 4, 2022 at 6:34pm

That 'black' dot on yours is really dark blue i think.

Comment by Al Smitley on November 4, 2022 at 7:11pm

Thanks, Strum.  I looked all over the package and didn't see the codes.  The wound string was obviously the 4th and it seemed they were packaged in order, and.....somewhat verified by the thicknesses of the strings.

Comment by Strumelia on November 4, 2022 at 7:59pm

My string package is like brown rough Kraft paper that is printed. Looks like yours is white paper? Maybe they changed the package at some point. Mine has the color Legend plainly printed on the back of the outside brown package.


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