Bass string winding with antique machinery

Craft & Design Music

Marc points this bit of maker zen documenting the how a string is wound on a circa-1850 machine. From the vid’s author, Stefan Schafft

Many people say to me, it is impossible to make good strings with such a machine.
But I can tell you, the strings are perfect. Ok, It takes a time but it`s great to work like in the 19th century

They certainly don’t make ’em like they used to. Check out Discovery’s video on the modern guitar string-making process –

6 thoughts on “Bass string winding with antique machinery

  1. Sean says:

    Notice how the base machine really hasn’t changed. Its just two hooks that spin synchronusly. The major changes are in input materials and peripherals.

    1. Collin Cunningham says:

      that is true – of course manual operation is a major diff as well.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Where do you go to find such a winding machine?  I have been looking for about 5 years.  Automatic machines cost $25,000 and up new and would be more than we need.  This would be perfect. Thanks.

Comments are closed.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!
Maker Faire Bay Area 2023 - Mare Island, CA

Escape to an island of imagination + innovation as Maker Faire Bay Area returns for its 15th iteration!

Buy Tickets today! SAVE 15% and lock-in your preferred date(s).