Bowstring Color Tips & Tricks

Bowstring Color Tips & Tricks

Posted by Todd Lambright on Jun 5th 2019

Bowstrings have come a long way over the last 20 years, not only in the quality of material, but also in the colors available. At 60X Custom Strings, we have over 50 colors for you to choose from. We can make strings with a single color, up to two colors, or with pin stripes. Along with choosing your string colors, you get to choose your string serving color. There are an additional 30 color options for your bow string serving color.

With so many color options, there are bound to be some string combinations that aren't very pleasing to the eye. I’m going to share a few tips that will help to make choosing colors a little easier.

Choosing the Right Color of Serving Material

Fluorescent or Light Colored Serving

Many people are surprised when their strings aren't the color they chose. A fluorescent or light-colored serving overtop of different colored strings changes the overall color. Contrary to what some believe, light colored serving becomes translucent, allowing the colors of the string underneath to show through the serving. This will sometimes change the color of the serving entirely, like mixing paint changes the color of paint. For Example, if you were to put flo yellow serving over top of a blue string, it will look green. Below are pictures that show what I’m talking about.

different fluorescent or light-colored serving bow stringsIf you like a clean looking bow string, it is always better to go with the same, or a darker, color serving compared to your string colors.

Clear Serving

Clear serving is a $10 charge but looks good on lighter colors and allows the string colors to be seen everywhere.  With today’s bows mostly going to roller guards that are served, along with large cam servings, there can be limited sting material that is actually seen. There is one downside to choosing clear serving. If you put it over top of dark colors like, brown or black it will look hazy and not very clean.

Pinstripe Options

Pinstripe strings let you choose two primary colors, separated by a third color. These are some of the most complimented strings we build and can really stand out, if done right. We have found that using two lighter colors with a darker pinstripe tend to stand out the best. When choosing a pin stripe color, the main thing you want to stay away from is choosing a pin stripe color that is close to one of the primary colors. This will cause the pin to blend in and not stand out or pop, like it is meant to.

different Pinstripe bow strings

The other option is to go with slightly darker colors and a brighter pinstripe. These strings will look good right out of the pack. The downside with this option is that they tend to look dirty faster, as the darker wax from the primary colors start to run into the brighter pinstripe color.

Color Combinations

A few of our favorite color combos are:

  • Red w/ Silver Serving
  • Green & Root Beer w/ Black Serving
  • Sunset, Black & White w/ Black Serving
  • Electric Blue, Flo Green, Flo Pink & Flo Purple w/ Flo Green Serving
  • Red & Blue w/ White Pinstripe w/ Black Serving

If you're unsure about what color strings and serving to choose, our color gallery is a great place to start. 

Bowstring material has come a long way in terms of quality and color options in the last 20 years. There are numerous color combinations available at 60X. Using the tips and tricks mentioned above will help you to create the ideal bowstring color for you and your bow.

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