Pirastro: Oliv Double Bass Strings



Pirastro Oliv Double Bass Strings are constructed of a sheep gut core and polished chrome steel. Offer thick pizzicato sound and easy bowing. Dark and powerful.

Most strings are available as singles, low B, high C, E extensions, or in solo tunings.  Please contact us for special orders at or call 1-860-535-9399 Tues-Sat 10-6 EST.

Available on backorder


Pirastro Oliv Double Bass Strings are the premier gut core string. Constructed of a sheep gut core, these handmade gut strings are wound with polished chrome steel. Pirastro Oliv Double Bass Strings offer thick pizzicato sound and easy bowing. They can withstand a heavy bow arm and have a big tone volume. The sound is dark and powerful; similar to but darker than Chorda’s.


Gary’s Thoughts: Jazz players using Pirastro Oliv Double Bass Strings will often use the Oliv G and D string with an A and E string from another set.




  • Finely wound and polished handmade gut strings
  • Suitable for arco and pizzicato
  • Dark and powerful sound


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Pirastro Oliv Double Bass Strings Color Code


 Upton Bass String Instrument Co. specializes in building award-winning custom double basses and offers accessories for the double bass. Upton Bass also services all instruments and bows of the violin family with world class restoration and repair, to view our online restoration portfolio visit

Upton Bass is ready to offer advice and answer any questions regarding double basses or related bass topics. Please contact UB at or call the shop at +1 (860) 535-9399. Hours of operation Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 6pm. The Workshop (The Barn) and showroom are located in Mystic, Connecticut conveniently between Boston and NYC.



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