I have a 25.5  scale, 3-string CGB tuned GBg and currently use 42, 34, 24 gauge wound strings with a humbucker.  I tuned down to EBe and love the playability of the looser feel but want to get the GDg tuning.

  1. Could I just use different gauge strings to accomplish this? 
  2. Could I build a other guitar to a different scale length to acheive the feel and tuning I am looking for?  A shorter scale?

Views: 97

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

So what you have now is:
.042@E2 = 15 Lbs
.034@B2 = 22 Lbs
.024@E3 = 20 Lbs

What you want is:
.036@G2 = 15 Lbs
.028@D3 = 22 Lbs
.020@G3 = 20 Lbs

These calculators are very handy:
Calculator to determine tension, when you know the string diameter.
Calculator to determine what size string to use, when you know the ...

This will work!  Thanks!

Your original setup with 0.042, 0.034, 0.024 strings and tuned to GBg has some pretty high tensions:

G 0.0 42 22 lbs
B 0.034 26 lbs
g 0.024 29 lbs

Tuning down to EBe produced the lower tension numbers noted by Korrigan. It's no surprise that you found these to feel better.

Keep playing with string diameters and tensions and you will find the string tensions you find best for you and your style. Then you can use the string tension calculator to find the strings that will give your favorite tension regardless of the scale length you decide to use.

Look into pushing tension down even farther than you currently have. A lot of professional players use tensions in the 15 and lower range. It's easier on the fingers during long sets.

I find that setting all strings to around 17 lbs plays well for me and allows me to tune up or down at least three semitones with no risk of string breakage. That flexibility is very attractive.

Good luck with it.

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor


Recommended Links & Resources


Forum

Cigar Box Amp Mods

Started by Cigar Box Nation in Feature Articles. Last reply by RTZGUITARS yesterday. 14 Replies

Blog Posts

Mr. Bells

Posted by Stephen Cohen on September 4, 2021 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Bookie's Poor Man's Dobro

Posted by Steve Bookout on July 18, 2021 at 2:04pm 3 Comments

Get your groove on for free

Posted by François on July 13, 2021 at 3:05pm 1 Comment

Latest Activity

Doug Thorsvik commented on Jim Morris's video
Thumbnail

For Dave

"Heartfelt tribute Jim! A beautiful reminder of how Dave influenced us here at CBN."
2 minutes ago
BrianQ. commented on bemuzic's video
Thumbnail

Busking, St Ives w 3 String Cigar Box Guitar - Magic Paints, with dancing children :-)

"It’s great to see kids dancing about again, especially during this pandemic we’re in…"
3 minutes ago
Downtown Vinnie commented on Cigar Box Blues's video
Thumbnail

- Beans fer Breakfast! - One of Daves last projects

"Very kool.Just not gonna be the same here...."
6 minutes ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Uncle John's video
Thumbnail

Hobo’s Lullaby - repost of our recently departed friend.

"Well chosen Uncle John! I especially appreciated Dave’s comments at the end. He will be…"
8 minutes ago
Downtown Vinnie commented on Adam Cripps's video
Thumbnail

Eleanor Rigby (Beatles cover)

"A heartfelt song and performance.Thanks so much for todays inspiration.Love it."
11 minutes ago
Downtown Vinnie commented on Downtown Vinnie's video
Thumbnail

I Shall Be Released

"Thanks so much ,gang.Used to play this a long time ago when I was a twelve string balladeer..Tryin…"
13 minutes ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Rope Walker Country Star's video
Thumbnail

Song For Dave Lynas

"A very tasteful and fitting tribute Rope! Dave’s creative contributions and interactions will…"
17 minutes ago
bemuzic posted a video

Busking, St Ives w 3 String Cigar Box Guitar - Magic Paints, with dancing children :-)

Busking, St Ives w 3 String Cigar Box Guitar - Magic Paints, with dancing children (I turn the camera round to the dancing children about a minute in)This is...
21 minutes ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Poorness Studios's video
Thumbnail

Candida (on cigar box guitar & kazoo)

"That’s exactly what I was talking about Kale! You put a big smile on my face this morning. I…"
32 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on Cigar Box Blues's video
Thumbnail

- Beans fer Breakfast! - One of Daves last projects

"John, would you please post the pic in pics or send it to me?  I would like to have a…"
2 hours ago
Uncle John commented on Poorness Studios's video
Thumbnail

Candida (on cigar box guitar & kazoo)

"I like Ms Dutchie.  Nice setup.  It's hard to find a good kazoo holder. …"
2 hours ago
Uncle John commented on Silent Jim's video
Thumbnail

Woody Guthrie - So long it's been good to know you

"Good choice, Silent.  Good to hear Woody, but I think you would do a great job on this one…"
2 hours ago

Music

© 2021   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->