When designing in instrument, one of the first decisions will be the number of strings

4 vs 5 Strings



5 + strings


4 vs 5 strings

When designing a custom instrument it is important to think about how it will be used. Traditional stringed instruments have 4 strings, but adding a 5th string, a rather simple change, can greatly increase the range and playability of your instrument.

Neck and String Spacing: The neck of a 5 string instrument will be slightly larger than a 4 string by a few millimeters. The string spacing is slightly reduced between each string (approximately 0.5mm per string) to balance between overall neck width and string spacing.

Bow Angle: The bow angle will change slightly for the various strings with addition strings. But, just like with any instrument, it is merely a process of adapting and getting to know your new instrument. top

Cellos: E-C-G-D-A

The 5th string added to a cello is a low E. This gives a fantastic low range allowing for additional bass lines to be picked up by the celloist in the group. top

Violins: C-G-D-A-E

The fifth string added to the violin is a low C. This greatly increases the playability. In one instrument you can cover viola parts and violin parts due to the added low range. top

5+ Strings

There are marketed pickups that are designed for 6 and even 7 strings. Though Zamar Strings has not experimented with a 5+ instrument, that is a possibility to discuss during consultation. top


It is the buyer decision as to what type of strings are included with the instrument. Any string brand will work on electric instruments. It is suggested to choose the same strings that would normally be used.

Octave Strings: If you are looking for something different you can experiment with things like Octave strings for violins which play an octave lower than traditinal strings. A cello sound coming out of a violin is sure to surprise a few people. top