The Art of the String Package

Back in our second issue we ran a photo essay on the art of the string package. Patrick Ford, the photographer, and I spent a long night shooting about 70 packages. When the story finally ran we were only able to use about 20 of them. Here, at last, are some of the outtakes. Thanks to Gryphon Stringed Instruments and Robert Armstrong for letting us photograph their collections. We know several readers have interesting vintage string packets. We’ll be happy to add some of the more interesting examples to this page.


National Ukulele Strings

Bell Brand Guitar Strings National Silver Toned

Royal Mandolin Strings

Gato Negro Guitarra Nylon

Black Diamond Mandolin Strings National String

Gibson Mona-Steel Strings

Getsch Chet Atkins Guitar Stings

Black Diamond Guitar Strings National

Monarch Mandoin String

Squier Trued Strings

Victor Mandolin Strings

Italian Banjo Set Strings

Cathedral String British Music & Tennis String

Romanza Internacional

Guilman Strings Good Tone

Goldbrokat Gitarr Elite

John F. Stratton’s Birminhgman Mandolin Steel Strings

Bell Brand Ukulele String National Company