Ok so im 3 strings and im gdg. Scale length 25.5". I'm using lite strings at the moment and I'm happy with the tension and sustain on the 2nd & 3rd, but the first string, tuned correctly, seems much looser and has got that buzz. I'm thinking a heavier gauge might fix the problem. Have I got this all wrong? I'd just like a bit more tension on the first string.

Views: 291

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

What are the diameters of the strings you are using ?

3rd .042NW, 2nd .030NW and the bothersome 1st is .009 plain steel. Any recommendations?

Those gauges are way out of whack - .042 and .030 are OK but you want anything between .020w and .024w on the top. You can go plain gauge, but I find them rather stiff and dead sounding compared to a wound of the same gauge. We produce various sets, all aimed at proper playability - getting the string gauges right can make a huge difference to the feel of a guitar.

Hey chicken bone. Im a big fan of your work, you've helped alot through your yt Videos. I tried the .026 from the medium set I had and didn't like it much. Too much tension. I found a set of steel acoustic strings and put the .014 unwound on. Seems good but a bit bright compared to the others. I'll grab a set of electric strings and try that. I'll definitely try a set of your strings too. Thanks again.
Hey chicken bone. Along the same lines, ie, string tension and playability. What is your favourite scale length for cbg's? I made my first one 25.5" and I love it but I've got so much to learn. I've got 3 necks on the go atm and haven't decided on scale length. I'm a cabinet maker by trade but a complete beginner playing and not getting any younger. So any and all advise is welcomed and encouraged. Cheers
Nothing wrong with mixing gauges. 25.5 is Fender scale length. Take an A string from a Medium set. Ar you using electric or acoustic strings? You may want to use a phosphor bronze acoustic Medium A...
Well that's an eye opener for me. Sounds good. I've already bought "medium" strings and the first string jumps in diameter from the lite I'm using now @ .009 plain steel to the medium first @ .026 nickel wound. I would have thought there was an option between but I'll give it a go just replacing the first.

so you used the #5, #4, and #1 strings from a pack...with the #1 drop tuned a Major 6th to get the higher G note, yes it will feel floppy.

1) try the #3 string instead for the octave G

2) or the #2 string since its only a major 2nd drop tuning for that octave G

3) or tune the #1 up another octave so its uptuned a minor 2nd for a 1-5-16 (8-octave) tuning.  don't worry, a light tension string can be tuned up a 4th and becomes a medium tension string.

Thanks JL. Yeah, I've tried a #2 @ .014. Seems much better.

I rarely look at if the pack says light or medium because the string gauges vary quite a bit from one brand to another and from electric to acoustic. I always look at the actual gauge of the strings. The ones mentioned by CB John are perfect for GDg tuning but I often use lighter ones for a different sound and feel. The lightest gauge I've gotten away with for the high g string is a .017 plain. It has plenty of tension and bends well if bends are in your playing style. The low G is .036ish and the middle D is around .026 when I want a lighter set. This closely corresponds to an electric "regular" set's 5th, 4th and 3rd strings if that helps.

Thanks. It does help. Being an absolute beginner I didn't know what to think. You and the others contributers help alot. Thank you.

.040, .030 - unwound .014-.018 .  I like the unwound high string ,

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

Back on nights!

Started by Cause the Blue rat in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat 2 hours ago. 4 Replies

Gigging with a small amp

Started by Dustin Aurand in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by ChickenboneJohn 17 hours ago. 11 Replies

Speakers

Started by Dropout in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Timothy Hunter 21 hours ago. 10 Replies

Diddley bow music?

Started by Snuffy Smith in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Gary W aka Rev. Bluejeans Jun 21. 6 Replies

Blog Posts

introducing cbg to guitarists

Posted by Donald Rees on June 21, 2017 at 10:27pm 12 Comments

Tricone Resonator CBG

Posted by Hal Robertson on June 21, 2017 at 3:30pm 4 Comments

Backslider Washboards

Posted by Milt Haselmire on June 19, 2017 at 6:30pm 4 Comments

Latest Activity

Jeff Reilly liked Lamme's photo
3 minutes ago
Mr.C posted photos
45 minutes ago
Lamme posted a photo

Headless diddley bow

My new headless didley bow.
48 minutes ago
Andries D. EKER left a comment for Keith Rearick
"Hi there Keith thanks for looking in the last fjew times Apprriciated !"
1 hour ago
Andries D. EKER posted photos
1 hour ago
Chick Who Tinkers left a comment for Erasmo Coco
"Thanks for adding. I really like your sound :-)"
1 hour ago
Andries D. EKER commented on Andries D. EKER's video
1 hour ago
Andries D. EKER posted a video

Missisippi B Dylan - A D Eker 2017

I like these lyrics, its like a suit that suits me well, its a coat that gives me a warm and well known feeling , zimmerman the genius lyre sist from the USA...
1 hour ago
Andries D. EKER commented on Andries D. EKER's video
Thumbnail

Green Peas on a Pink Plate A D Eker 2017

"Thanks Guy's Glad that some of you took a lissen, think the title reminded, a bit to much…"
2 hours ago
Andries D. EKER commented on Derek Rose's video
Thumbnail

Double Rainbow - an original song

"Still raining still dreaming! Mighty fine Derek! Great vocal! lines as well ! verry suttle strat!…"
2 hours ago
Andries D. EKER commented on Gary W aka Rev. Bluejeans's video
Thumbnail

CBG Blackbird Version

"It Stands Up just Fine Gary, i must say that the level of video players is on the up and up ,but i…"
2 hours ago
Andries D. EKER commented on Uncle John's video
Thumbnail

Hot Sticky Blues -Original Blues by me

"Way to Go UJ ! the only thing missing are the celluloid stripes on the Black and White reel Movie…"
2 hours ago

Music

Loading…

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

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service