HI

I've built a few CBGs now, including a regular size uke. (and a 4 string uke-sized solid body Jazzmaster shaped guitar).

I enjoy noodling around on the 3 string CBGs but the only thing I can really "play" at all is the uke. After a lifetime of trying to play musical instruments I eventually discovered the uke, and that 4 strings is just enough for me and my fingers to manage, to make enough chords to be able to play some recognisable tunes.

So I had the idea to build something bigger, but use uke GCEA tuning so I can use the chord shapes I know. I'm trying it out on my first licence plate guitar. Neck is 2 hardwood strips (oak or oak-like) laminated.

What do you advise on strings to use? 

Anything I've found online on 4-strings has talked about different tunings from mine and my initial experiments (admittedly with a pile of strings largely leftovers from 6 string sets) have not been very satisfactory. thinnest strings from guitar set snapped before they got to A, and by the time I'd worked up to a gauge that didn't, it was thick enough to sound different from the others. Strings across the instrument in the range I use on CBGs were hard/impossible to crank up to this tuning

It may be unrealistic but I'm aiming for a CBG sound with UKE tuning and chord shapes..

Appreciate any guidance on gauges/types/guitar equivalents you have used that work.

Thanks

Stewart 

Views: 156

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Well Stewart there are a few possibilities here. The chord shapes will be identical on a 4 string tenor guitar tuned DGbe but what is a C chord on uke is now a G chord on the tenor guitar. You still put your fingers in the exact same pattern. This, in fact, is the case on a Baritone uke which has around a 19" scale and is tuned DGbe.. Of course the 4th string won't be a high note like on most soprano ukes. I f you absolutely want the GCea tuning an octave lower I think what might work is the 5th, 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings from a 6 string set. So the A string would tune down to G, the D string to C, the G string down to E and the B string to A. Nylon strings would give a more uke type sound. It might take a few different gauge sets to find what works best. You'll never get that 6 string set up to the high A so what you need to aim for is one octave below standard uke..So instead of A 440 for the high string you want A 220. In summary, the simplest way is to make a 24"scale bari uke or tenor guitar type instrument where your fingers make the same shapes but the chords will be lower.

Here's one of my baritone ukes on a 17" scale using bari uke strings

https://youtu.be/VfboNs64xcc

You'd likely need guitar strings on 24" scale.

Very nice build! Love the tailpiece; we had roughly 3 dozen of those exact cabinet pulls in our old house. :-)

Maybe a piece of old brass formed over the edge and super-glued in place to protect the box edge?

Lovely build. I hadn't thought about using a gold pen.

G - #3G tuned to G
C - #4D tuned down to C
E - #3G tuned down to E or #4D tuned up to E
A - #2B tuned down to A

and I agree a classic set will sound more ukulele than bronze phosphor acoustic strings will.

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

Buzzing... I pickup 1 volume 1 jack.

Started by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music 8 hours ago. 5 Replies

Tools Question

Started by Shawn Doyle in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans 11 hours ago. 28 Replies

Cigars

Started by CboxGypsy in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Blues Frog 16 hours ago. 15 Replies

Stroh guitar anyone? halp?

Started by Br Harold F Stubbs III in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Richard Dean yesterday. 6 Replies

Homemade amp

Started by Joe Williams in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Timothy Hunter yesterday. 7 Replies

20" scale string gauge

Started by Angry Rooster Guitars in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Timothy Hunter yesterday. 31 Replies

2017 "Kick The Can" Build-Off contest - Canjos, Tin Can Guitars

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Jeff 'Bones' Reilly on Thursday. 104 Replies

Shipping a CBG

Started by Ducati Scotty in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Richard Dean on Thursday. 28 Replies

Latest Activity

Korrigan commented on Korrigan's photo
Thumbnail

Mable

"That's as low as it can go without adding a fingerboard but yeah, I don't want to mess up…"
13 minutes ago
Bobb Negus updated their profile
19 minutes ago
Dave liked Korrigan's photo
29 minutes ago
Dave liked Randy S. Bretz's photo
29 minutes ago
Dave liked StarrCBGs(Donovan)'s photo
29 minutes ago
Dave liked Korrigan's photo
30 minutes ago
Slowpaw Steve T replied to Slowpaw Steve T's discussion CIGAR BOX NATION 2017 CHRISTMAS ALBUM SUBMISSIONS PAGE
"Sounds good!(-:"
52 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Korrigan's photo
Thumbnail

Mable

"The tapered neck is killer!"
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas liked Korrigan's photo
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas commented on Korrigan's photo
Thumbnail

Mable

"Crazy man! Very rule breaking. I like it!"
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas commented on Korrigan's photo
Thumbnail

Mable

"You could add a fingerboard but it would cover some of the cool yardstick. Can you lower the action?"
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas commented on Termoking's photo
Thumbnail

German trenches 1914 - 1918

"Thanks Termoking. I love your historical finds. I want to try a tin bass like this."
1 hour ago

Events

Music

Loading…

© 2017   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service