Three string guitars


Three string guitars

Everything about anything that's a three stringer

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If you enjoy three string guitars, this is the place!

Hi Folks, This is the group to share everything about the three string is only about 3 stringers, not that there is a problem with 6 string guitars, those are cool, and 4 stringers are nifty too...but this is a place to share ideas and post anything and everything 3 string.

There is another website on the net that is all 3 string info .... come visit it sometime, just Google "3 string guitar" or visit

Get out of the rutt, play a three string!


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Comment by michael steele on November 5, 2017 at 11:33am

to Richard Dean,

why would you force your self to learn right handed if you

are left handed ? makes no sense to me. the only drawback

to playing left handed is when you go to buy a guitar. if i walk

into a store, say guitar center for example, there's literaly

a thousand guitars hanging on the walls. if one or two of

them are lefties you're extremely lucky. there's nothing

wrong about playing left handed. how many times have

you had someone say "oh,you play backwards"? you don't.

of course, unless you're just holding a righty left handed.

stand by your hand,be proud of that paw from the south.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on November 5, 2017 at 2:12am
Haha don't tear your namesake apart Richard! All the best in your playing my friend.

Pick, you're a genius. Keep 'em intact and original but just have three (or less) strings on them! I might brainstorm that premise later. Thank you kindly sir.

I think you hit the nail on the head there BeetleJuice. I'm definitely of the klutz genus! You're right also, three strings is freedom for sure. It's why I turn to three strings to calm me down/chill me out after six has got on my nerves again lol

Thanks for the insight and help folks. I appreciate it.
Comment by BeetleJuice! on November 4, 2017 at 8:10pm

if you have lots of 6 strings, how about sell them and just keep one for old times sake.

I think the reason 3 string guitars work so well, is not so much the tone ...but the fact that with the strings having a little more room in spacing, even a klutzy person can land on the string and still be half way hanging off of it ,yet it doesn't interfere with each of the other strings, so its more forgiving on the accuracy part

....and of corse the raunchy tone is flavorful too!....but even when I try to play 4 stringers to me even those are kinda hard to play and you have to be really carfelful with your picking and accuracy....a 3 string is really freedom 

Comment by the anonymous pick on November 4, 2017 at 7:53pm
Comment by Shawn McConnaughay Sr on November 4, 2017 at 7:28pm
Thanks for adding me
Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on November 4, 2017 at 6:15pm
Thanks for having me in the hroup. Just making a statement then asking a question. I'm amazed daily, literally flabbergasted many days, at just what can be coaxed out of three strings. I've heard music that baffles me when I see it come from three strings and a stick in a box. I'm not that new to CBGs either as I'm coming up on two years since I first discovered their existence but I'm STILL wowed.

So, here's the question. Is it time to burn my sixers? Maybe "burn" is a bit dramatic but maybe dismantle and reuse the parts?

Six stresses me sooo much sometimes (usually because I can't play them I guess). When it does I turn to three for comfort and relaxation. Other times (usually when I have a breakthrough with learning) I love the extra accompaniment of more drone strings.

Wha'tch ya'll think? Burn/break 'em or keep 'em around even if just for decorative value?
Comment by Rooster Reaves on November 3, 2017 at 11:15pm

Thanks a lot guys!! I'll try this.

Comment by Rooster Reaves on November 3, 2017 at 11:15pm

Comment by BeetleJuice! on October 25, 2017 at 5:55pm

Rooster, wind the string around the post of the tuner many many times...that should help it duck down and stay in the groove of the nut much better..try that, also use bone or corian, dont use wood or metal,( they will sound good, but are not as forgiving in the buzz area)

Comment by Rooster Reaves on October 19, 2017 at 3:59am

Hey Beetle,  I have trouble at times trying to get my bridge and nut to get in sink with each other. I can't figure out how to get some of my builds to not twang like a sitar. I want o build some CBG's that I can fret as well as do slide. I've built a few now but always have a problem with the string hight. Like to be able to figure it out.. If you have any pointers I'd be obliged. Thanks.


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