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Started this discussion. Last reply by Milt Haselmire Feb 26. 1 Reply

 I just finished a build, but have a problem. I tried a 24" scale instead of my usual 25.5. No matter what I do, I cannot get the guitar to sound right. Strings to tight, to loose, different guage…Continue

 

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Milt Haselmire replied to Pat Welch's discussion Strings
"I have built quite a few 24" fretted 3 string guitars. The key with the shorter scale is to use heavier strings. I use Darco Jazz D9100 Jazz Guitar Strings. For GDG tuning the gauges are .024, .032, and .042. The high G is a wound string. This…"
Feb 26
Tim Pannabecker replied to Pat Welch's discussion Help in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I would love to hear what works for you.  It’s intriguing and I’m sure frustrating.   Wish you well"
Feb 26
Pat Welch replied to Pat Welch's discussion Help in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I have a few things to try. It's just everyone on youtube teaches in gdg, This has to be tuned up to open A, to sound right. Hard to explain. I've played guitar for over 50 years, so I understand a bit about them. The first three…"
Feb 25
Pat Welch replied to Pat Welch's discussion Help in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I will try the other strings, I have a hundred old guitar strings will try first. If I go to open A, it's just about perfect. Even open C is great. Thanks, I'll give it a try. Or I'll just build my daughter another one with a 25.5…"
Feb 25
Pat Welch replied to Pat Welch's discussion Help in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"The strings sound "loose" like there not tight enough. You can't strum hard, they don't buzz, they rattle.  lol I used A,D,G from a set of medium. Jerry Jordan suggested I use E,A,D strings instead. "
Feb 25
Jerry Jordan replied to Pat Welch's discussion Help in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Hello, try the 6th,5th,4th strings from a set instead of the 5th,4th,3rd.,.,.I build 24" scale all the time, and sometimes the string gauges favor G sharp or A more than GDg.,..,"
Feb 25
Tim Pannabecker replied to Pat Welch's discussion Help in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I’m new too  (caveat) i like the acoustic, wound strings for an acoustic or piezo driven amplification.   I believe Mr. Speal and CB Gity recommend this, I have found this true for me. is there anything about the construction that is…"
Feb 25
Brian Revels replied to Pat Welch's discussion Help in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"What do you mean "not sounding right... strings too tight or too loose"? What strings did you use? If the intonation is perfect, then I am not sure how it doesn't sound right."
Feb 25
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Help

I just finished a build, but have a problem. I tried a 24" scale instead of my usual 25.5. No matter what I do, I cannot get the guitar to sound right. Strings to tight, to loose, different guage ???? Never gets right. Intonation is perfect on all frets, a bit less than 2mm at the 14 fret. no buzzing anywhere. If I tune it up to an open A or C, it's much better. But it's for my daughter to learn on and everyone on you tube is in GDG. Can anyone help ??  I'm new to CBN and don't really know…See More
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This group is for discussing the basics of CBG building for newer builders - where to start, what to do, common pitfalls, tips and techniques.Keep in mind that new builders can find other great informative articles on CBG building, as well as most of the parts you'll need, over at C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply!See More
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Strings

 I just finished a build, but have a problem. I tried a 24" scale instead of my usual 25.5. No matter what I do, I cannot get the guitar to sound right. Strings to tight, to loose, different guage ???? Never gets right. Intonation is perfect on all frets, a bit less than 2mm at the 14 fret. no buzzing anywhere. If I tune it up to an open A or C, it's much better. But it's for my daughter to learn on and everyone on you tube is in GDG. Can anyone help ??See More
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