Before the invention of nylon, from what material were strings made for use by flamenco players? I have tried different search engines and forae but found no answer or similar question.

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In Europe, stringed instruments (harps, guitars, violins) have used strings made from animal gut for millenia.

The lower strings of a guitar were sometimes made with gut wrapped around a silk core.

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  • Fascinating. Wonder if someone found out how to make them by accident. Some accident! Seriously, why would anybody do all that?
    – Tim
    Aug 19, 2019 at 16:07
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    It's like, who first ate snails?
    – Fattie
    Aug 19, 2019 at 17:37
  • Whoever it was, we can't know their name, because by the time we'd thought of naming people, we'd already been eating snails for 27,000 years. Aug 26, 2019 at 16:37

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