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Problem with high G string

Started this discussion. Last reply by ChickenboneJohn Aug 4. 11 Replies

Hi, I'm having a problem tuning the high G string on the CGB I have just built. Initially no problem, strung it up, played it, everything OK. The high string snapped when I tried to up the tuning to…Continue

 

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"Hi Guys, thanks for all your help. Things are now sorted.I raised the height of the bridge and put on a lighter gauge string. Thanks again."
Aug 6
ChickenboneJohn replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
".029 is WAY too heavy for a high G - that's about right for D, but you need to be around .020-.024 for a high G"
Aug 4
John Sawyer replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"I use a .026 wound for my high G string... even then, they're pretty tight...  Probably a combination of all the great suggestions above..."
Jul 22
Alex Russell replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"Thanks for the advice Don, this would reduce the strain in the strings, I think it would be a good idea to use lighter strings. The Cigar Box and some of the hardware in the build came from someone local who makes CBGs and in his experience if the…"
Jul 18
Taffy Evans replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"Yep, works for me too. Taff"
Jul 17
Don Craig replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"Instead of looping the string through the bead, thread it through a small washer and then through the hinge.  Here's one using copper rivet washers on a similar hinge, been using it like this for a year with no breakage."
Jul 17
Chris B-stock replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
Jul 12
Chris B-stock replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"That's a better plan. I would leave the hinge on and drill through the tailpiece so the strings still go through the hinge, but at a much shallower angle. That will keep the look you already have with minimal modification. You will probably…"
Jul 12
Alex Russell replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"Thanks for your advice guys.  Low G and middle D are tuned to G1, I've tried tuning down to the octave below but this makes the strings too loose. So I have been trying to tune the high G to the next octave up, which would be G2. When…"
Jul 12
Chris B-stock replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"That's a tough bend for a string to make through the hole in the hinge. It's essentially a 180 degree bend. You could put something (small dowel, nail, machine screw...) behind the hinge to round out the bend and ease the stress on that…"
Jul 11
Korrigan replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"It wouldn't hunt to smooth any sharp edges on the holes in the hinge but those are some mighty thick strings Alex. What octave are you trying to tune to? Tuning a .029 bronze to G2 would only be about 10lb of tension, so too loose, tuning it…"
Jul 11
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Problem with high G string

Hi, I'm having a problem tuning the high G string on the CGB I have just built. Initially no problem, strung it up, played it, everything OK. The high string snapped when I tried to up the tuning to G#, so I replaced it with a 28 gauge bronze wound and it snapped again just before high G. I have tried a 29 gauge bronze wound and a .009 nickel wound and they also snapped at F#. so I can't get it tuned up. The scale length is 25 inches held at the tailpiece by a hinged bracket. as illustrated in…See More
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