Strings for all pedal harps are designated by octave number and note name (e.g. 3rd Octave E). Octaves run from an E string on top, down to an F string. The 1st Octave is the highest octave. (On some pedal harps there is a higher “Zero” Octave of 2 notes.) Middle C is in the 4th Octave.
Pedal harps are normally strung with the following string types:
Zero and 1st octave: nylon
2nd octave: either nylon or gut (standard Bow Brand Pedal Gut, or Burgundy Pedal Gut)
3rd through 5th octave A: either standard Bow Brand Pedal Gut, or Burgundy Pedal Gut
5th octave G through 7th octave: bass wire
All of our gut strings listed on this page are made by Bow Brand Strings. All C strings are red, and all F strings are black. Our Burgundy Pedal Gut strings are lower in price than the standard Bow Brand Pedal Gut strings, due to slight imperfections in appearance. (The word “Burgundy” does not refer to the color of the strings, it is a brand name.)
Click below for printable (PDF) string charts for pedal harps: