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: 131

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

Folk Outsider, 3-String Stephen LIVE at Gitty's

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by jeff Cadzow 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

Thin a top

Started by Mark Werner in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig 20 hours ago. 21 Replies

Threw the PICK away

Started by Jeff 'Bones' Reilly in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Dustin Aurand on Monday. 9 Replies

Blade Runner Blues on CBG

Started by Dustin Aurand in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat on Sunday. 9 Replies

2017 Plumber's Challenge Winners

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Paul Craig on Saturday. 14 Replies

Music

Loading…

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

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service