I have built my first couple of cbgs one is set up with GDG the other is EBE. The frets I used were on eBay 2.2mm. I am fine playing the single finger chords on the thinner strings EBE. But have trouble with the GBG set up due to the thicker strings. The height of the frets are only 1.00 mm. Would changing frets to jumbo size eg 2.90 mm which are higher solve my problem thanks ned

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Maybe you could supply some pics? It may be just a set up issue, hard without a visual?

Sounds like you have it set up with E,A,D strings? I recommend A,D,G strings for GDG tuning? You’ll have less tension on the bigger string since you’re tuning it down a whole step to G? If the big string is an E, then you’re tuning it up a step & a half to G, that’s where that tension is coming from? 

String sizes messured with venier callipers low G .047inch. D string .031 inch G string 019 inch not sure how to add pictures.

how long have you been playing? were you a guitar player before you started on CBG ?

fret size shouldn't make that much of a difference in your ability to play a guitar. if you

are new to playing guitars in general, give yourself time to be able to play properly.

just keep playing and it will come.

Yes, I agree with Slim, I’m playing a cbg with string tie frets, which are way lower than 2mm with no problems? Here’s how to post a pic, like I said, it might be a set up issue? You might want to check out one of the action set up videos over at Glenn Watt & Del Puckett YouTube channel? 

My frets are only 1mm high. I can't get a page up resembling the one shown I am only using my phone for internet.

I’m also using a phone? Screen is same for me whether iOS or Android? You may try refreshing the page? Is your action high above the frets, that might be your problem, that’s why I prompted a pic, usually easier to spot the problem if we can see it? 

I set my hieght of strings using playing cards 3 cards at nut fret and 7cards at 12th fret.

Doesn’t look like the action is too high, but the strings look like they’re in a little deep in the nut? I like to put some back angle on my necks when I’m using a fretboard, it makes a world of difference? Maybe it’s just a case of beginners hands, keep playing & see if it gets better? If not then maybe it is a set up issue, I’ve gone back through a few of my early cbgs a few times to get em set right? Hope you figure things out :)


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