Musical String Maker

Perform tasks to fabricate gut strings for musical instruments.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Musical String Makers do?

Performs any combination of following tasks to fabricate gut strings for musical instruments: Removes sheep intestine from barrel and places it in cleaning solution. Feeds intestines through stripping machine or runs hands or scraper over intestine to remove mucus. Splits intestine into four pieces and splices pieces together to make uniform lengths. Feels strands to select those of uniform size for various strings. Attaches loops to strands and stretches strands over posts. Twists specified number of strands together to form strings. Fumigates, dyes, and bleaches strings. Verifies gauge of string, using micrometer.


Should I be a Musical String Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Musical String Maker

    Musical String Makers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Musical String Maker-related education!
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