Ok, here's a question that I haven't found any answers for in the knowledge base; I'm interested in trying an FCF tuning. My CGB has a 21" scale length. Any thoughts on what strings I should use? I was thinking I could easily tune a low E string to F, a D string to C, and a G string down to F, but is the best way to go about it? Any suggestions? I have light and medium gauge acoustic strings on because I keep them for my 6 strings.
Depends how much tension you like, what string material you like, if you plan on playing slide or fretting or both, and what octave you want to tune to.
I like about 15lbs on each string for a happy medium between fretting and sliding , nickel plated strings and higher pitches on shorter scales so I would probably start by trying...
F3 0.024"w C4 0.014"p G4 0.010"p
Check out this string tension calculator.
Thank you for your insights. I wasn't aware that there was any such thing as a string tension calculator , lol. I must admit that while I enjoy this site immensely I often find it difficult to navigate and find things on.
No problem Austin and yes, the search on CBN is pretty bad, usually 20 pages of things not related to what I'm looking for. Instead of using the CBN search I use Google and it usually points me to the right info here. Lol
Lol, that's a good idea, I will probably start doing that. Lots of great info and people on CBN, I just wish it was a little more user friendly.
You mean F2, C3, F3 right?
Lol, yes. That's what I thought I wrote.
Ok, thought you might have been going for a very bassy tuning. : )
No but I'm thinking about trying F3, C4, F4 just to see what it sounds like.
You mean a C tuned D string right? That's what I got going on, ADG tuned to F2, C3, F3. The strings I got on it now are light gauge but I will probably go heavier when I decide to change them. Thanks for the advice.
I did mean C tuned D string, yes.