I had a few folks that expressed an interest in buying a CBG from me, but it appears they were intimidated by the 3 string versions, and felt that a 4 string version would be more familiar to them. No amount of explaining would suffice, so I built a couple of 4 stringers.

I was not sure what type of tuning would satisfy these guys. The guy a the music store suggested maybe I should tune them like a mountain dulcimer. I figured I would give it a try, but the strings he gave me are really light and I am not sure I like them.

How could I tune/string a 4 stringer that would satisfy someone who is familiar with a normal 6 string guitar?

The bottom 4 strings? The top 4 strings?

Views: 17385

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

For slide playing, an open tuning is normal. "G" and "A" are pretty common. For someone who was going to play with fingered notes and chords, there are a lot of choices. Tuning to the "top 4" of a regular guitar is easy; a lot of multi-instrumentalists do this to make things easier.
One could also experiment with the tunings used for some of the longer-scale 4-string instruments like the Irish Bouzuki or the Tenor Mandola; even the tenor guitar.
I think the answer to this is "YES." Build them for four strings, when the person orders it have them specify if they want top 4, bottom 4, (middle 4?). Just string it up like that for them. Then they'll have their "Custom Iggy."
The 4 string I just built uses the top 4 from a guitar tuned CEGc.
Tune it as you would a tenor guitar CDGA.
CDGA? Yikes - that's a strange tenor :) How about CGDA?

Tim Norman said:
Tune it as you would a tenor guitar CDGA.
Right now, mine is CGCE using the top 4 strings. Works well. I like this tuning. I even have a tab using it (check out CBG Tabs)

-Wes

Wes

Where are the tabs for  CGCE tuning ? Just finished a guitarand have the same tuning.

DBOWES

You know I just had a thought. I play mainly in Open tunings. If I'm playing my 6 string guitar, I will tune from low to high, DGDgbd to get into Open G. If I want to reduce this down to 4 string CBG, I will tune Dgbd. (the four highest strings)I still have a lot of the tuning. Why not approach it the same way with standard tuning. If you use the four lower strings EADg, it is just like a bass guitar but not as low. Then tune another 4 string CBG like the 4 higher strings. Dgbe Together they make one guitar. They can be easily played by anyone with knowledge of playing a guitar in standard tuning. Because they are strung and tuned differently, each person is forced to play differently, but one can be the bass/rhythm and the other person can be the lead. You can sell them a matched pair. What do you think?
DGBE is the tuning on my baritone ukulele, which is a pretty close cousin to the guitar. gCEA is the standard tuning for a ukulele. (soprano size) Does your CBG have frets?
Caveat: I'm utterly ignorant when it comes to theory, etc... I'm making this up as I go. That said....

I just finished a four-string reso, which I initially tuned GDgb, which sounded funny to me. I just coundln't figure out what to do with that "B". So, just for a lark, I tuned it GDgd, and suddenly everything made sense. Now, I know that's kinda lame (I don't even have a full chord, technically, right?), but for some reason runs across the neck sound better.

I don't know if that would help convince timid buyers, but there's my fifteen cents worth.
I see the "A7" referred to as the "Magic Jazz tuning".
I could be quite interested in playing Jazz on the CBG...... can anyone comment on this tuning or point me to some A7 jazz audio/video/tabs please?
DGBD

For pickers is a good easy one

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

Sun Studio Sessions

Started by Paul Craig in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Paul Craig 14 minutes ago. 1 Reply

Painted instruments

Started by Dustin Aurand in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Titch the Clown 39 minutes ago. 7 Replies

Homemade Pickup...

Started by Brian Revels in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig 42 minutes ago. 17 Replies

Newbie builder woes :(

Started by John Michael Ames in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by John Michael Ames 2 hours ago. 2 Replies

Lots of questions

Started by Jeremiah Peed in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Jim Morris 3 hours ago. 6 Replies

Songs inAm

Started by Dustin Aurand in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Jim Morris 3 hours ago. 14 Replies

Hymn For Her debuts new video: "Milkweed"

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles 5 hours ago. 0 Replies

Gig Bags

Started by Phil Gershwiin in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Snuffy Smith yesterday. 18 Replies

Latest Activity

Ted Stahl replied to Nation News's discussion CONTEST! Paint Lid Challenge - Submit here!!! Ends April 30, 2017
"This is my #10:THE HOT ROD. Just like a hot rod, it's stripped down and simple.It has an oak…"
3 minutes ago
David Bowes joined BeetleJuice!'s group
Thumbnail

Old Radio Guitar Amps

This is the group for Lo-Watt Rock & Blues.Here is the place to post photos and information on…See More
3 minutes ago
Scott Schoepf commented on sparky37's photo
Thumbnail

1776 fan fret flag guitar

"What Ron said, that's gorgeous!"
7 minutes ago
Paul Craig commented on wes carl's blog post Uncle John Oh my aching back
"Yeah it can get you so uncomfortable sometimes that no position feels good. A soak in a tub of hot…"
8 minutes ago
Scott Schoepf liked sparky37's photo
9 minutes ago
Paul Craig replied to Paul Craig's discussion Sun Studio Sessions
"They played 3 songs and this video is of the last song where the singer played lead on his LP.…"
14 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on Dave Lynas's video
Thumbnail

Little Darlin Pal of mine

"just what the doctor ordered!"
17 minutes ago
the anonymous pick commented on Daniel Hulbert's photo
Thumbnail

Walking Stick One String Bass and siblings

"I lean towards  supporting you  in your  leg up on the competition . ;-)"
19 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on wes carl's blog post Uncle John Oh my aching back
"that sucks, Paul.  I had NO conception of how bad back and nerve pain can be.   Ironic,…"
21 minutes ago
Paul Craig posted a discussion

Sun Studio Sessions

My local PBS station has this show on every weekend and has had some great acts on. This weekend…See More
23 minutes ago
Andries D. EKER posted photos
23 minutes ago
Ted Stahl liked Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com)'s video
30 minutes ago

Music

Loading…

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

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service