Guqin String Diameters


Here you will find a list of guqin string diameters. This list not only includes the outer diameters of these listed strings, but the diameters for the cores of both silk guqin strings and metal-nylon guqin strings. A few sets may be missing a string, but most of the measurments for these sets are here. Often times string diameter is seen as an important factor for players, but the overall diameter can only tell one so much. The core diameter, core construction, and material composition is equally as important, if not more important, than the total outside diameter, and has a significant impact on both the response and timbre of a string.


Jin Lu Silk Strings
String 1 Outer – .064” (1.63mm)
String 1 Core – .056″ (1.42mm)
String 2 Outer – .059” (1.50mm)
String 2 Core – .052″ (1.32mm)
String 3 Outer – N/A
String 3 Core – N/A
String 4 Outer – .052” (1.32mm)
String 4 Core – .045″ (1.14mm)
String 5 – .041” (1.04mm)
String 6 – .038” (0.96mm)
String 7 – .033” (0.84mm)


Taigu Silk Strings
String 1 Outer – .067” (1.70mm)
String 1 Core – .059″ (1.50mm)
String 2 Outer – .061” (1.55mm)
String 2 Core – .055″ (1.40mm)
String 3 Outer – .058” (1.47mm)
String 3 Core – .050″ (1.27mm)
String 4 Outer – .055” (1.40mm)
String 4 Core – .046″ 1.17mm)
String 5 – .046” (1.17mm)
String 6 – .040” (1.02mm)
String 7 – .038” (0.97mm)


Taigu (6-7 Years Old) Silk Strings
String 1 Outer – .062” (1.57mm)
String 1 Core – .055″ (1.40mm)
String 2 Outer – .057” (1.45mm)
String 2 Core – .046″ (1.17mm)
String 3 Outer – .050” (1.27mm)
String 3 Core – .041″ (1.04mm)
String 4 Outer – .050” (1.27mm)
String 4 Core – .043″ (1.09mm)
String 5 – .043” (1.09mm)
String 6 – .039” (0.99mm)
String 7 – .033” (0.84mm)


Tobaya Silk strings
String 1 – .059” (1.50mm)
String 2 – .048” (1.23mm)
String 3 – .045” (1.14mm)
String 4 – .041” (1.04mm)
String 5 – .036” (0.91mm)
String 6 – .035” (0.89mm)
String 7 – .032” (0.81mm)


Real Silk Strings
String 1 – .051″ (1.30mm)
String 2 – .047″ (1.20mm)
String 3 – .044″ (1.12mm)
String 4 – .040″ (1.02mm)
String 5 – .036″ (0.92mm)
String 6 – .028″ (0.72mm)
String 7 – .024″ (0.62mm)


Longren Binxian Nylon Composite String Set #2
String 1 – .054” (1.37mm)
String 2 – .050” (1.27mm)
String 3 – .0495″ (1.26mm)
String 4 – .045” (1.12mm)
String 5 – .0445″ (1.13mm)
String 6 – .0345″ (0.88mm)
String 7 – .0315″ (0.80mm)


Dunhuang M-N Strings
String 1 Outer – .055” (1.40mm)
String 1 Core – .017″ (0.43mm)
String 2 Outer – .045” (1.14mm)
String 2 Core – .0165″ (0.42mm)
String 3 Outer – .0425″ (1.08mm)
String 3 Core – .0145″ (0.37mm)
String 4 Outer – .038” (0.97mm)
String 4 Core – .014″ (0.36mm)
String 5 Outer – .0345″ (0.88mm)
String 5 Core – .013″ (0.33mm)
String 6 Outer – N/A
String 6 Core – N/A
String 7 Outer – .025” (0.64mm)
String 7 Core – .008″ (0.20mm)


Yuesheng M-N Strings
String 1 Outer – .057” (1.45mm)
String 1 Core – .0175″ (0.44mm)
String 2 Outer – .0515″ (1.31mm)
String 2 Core – .0165″ (0.42mm)
String 3 Outer – .0425″ (1.08mm)
String 3 Core – .015″ (0.38mm)
String 4 Outer – .039” (0.99mm)
String 4 Core – .012″ (0.30mm)
String 5 Outer – .037” (0.94mm)
String 5 Core – .0115″ (0.29mm)
String 6 Outer – .0335″ (0.85mm)
String 6 Core – .009″ (0.23mm)
String 7 Outer – .0265″ (0.67mm)
String 7 Core – .0085″ (0.22mm)


Taiwanese Brand M-N Strings (M-N String Set #4)
String 1 Outer – .0535″ (1.36mm)
String 1 Core – .0165″ (0.42mm)
String 2 Outer – .0475″ (1.21mm)
String 2 Core – .0145″ (0.37mm)
String 3 Outer – .0425″ (1.08mm)
String 3 Core – .014″ (0.36mm)
String 4 Outer – .038” (0.97mm)
String 4 Core – .0135″ (0.34mm)
String 5 Outer – .0345″ (0.88mm)
String 5 Core – .0115″ (0.29mm)
String 6 Outer – .0295″ (0.75mm)
String 6 Core – .0105″ (0.27mm)
String 7 Outer – .028” (0.71mm)
String 7 Core – .009″ (0.23mm)