The silicone string alternative that actually works on an Ashbory is now available. The Aquila Corde brand Thundergut strings are in. Durable, not sticky, sound great. Faster break-in than the factory silicone Ashbory strings and still lively sounding. If durability is a serious concern but you don't want the downgrade in sound from moving to urethane or polyurethane strings, these are the strings you're looking for. White in color. Made in Italy.