Was messing around and wanted to see how many different open tunings I could get out of the gauge of strings i use. Went online and checked out different brands and gauges. Came up with this chart. 

The top row is the open tuning for a standard six string guitar. Below each string are the gauges used for that tuning from thickest to thin. Colors are used to represent the same tuning used on the next string higher in pitch. If you compare the strings used to tune both E and A you'll see that some of the strings used to tune a low E can also be used to tune to A.

The ? to ? below each column is the preposed tunings for those strings. I only went one step lower on each string. Tuning down from A to G. Because if you make your strings too loose they start to sound wobbly. 

The next row down is the gauge of strings I use and what I believe I should be able to tune them to. 

Views: 238

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

No time to work it out , but what about mixing two sets different  gauges. May also depend on if you are stringing up for slide or mainly fretting. 

Taff

Well Taff, I had another glass or two of red and then came up with the following:- Do one of the three as a Shane Speal low E, E B using the E, D and B from one set, then a straightforward GDG using the A, D and G from the other, and finally a GDG with the remaining low E, A and G. Leaves a B and two top Es for should I ever go into the uke business. Or, as previously threatened, cheese wire....

Don't really think sliding or fretting would matter. The over all range determines what key you can tune the guitar. This does help singers. I find myself tuning to higher keys so I'm not singing low. To low in G I can turn to B and the song sounds better. I have a low voice. A slide only player can have CGBs in different keys to add variety to a performance. 

I can see mixing sets to reach a desired key. Higher or lower than G. 

Hi, I find that light strings, when a bottle neck slide is used, can result in rattle on the frets easier and lower volume. So I keep the heavier gauges for slide set ups.

Bluegrass/Dobro factory sets run to 56 to 16, the sets I buy anyway.

Taff

I was totally unaware there were 16 gauge high E's. When looking for info on bronze strings I've found that D'Addario has tension charts for each set. Their 16 gauge high E runs a tension of 30.740 with 10's around 16.2. HUGE difference. And going by the tension of their B string it could easily handle being tuned up to that high E. However I'm not sure of the strength of phosphor bronze and how it would handle being tuned up.

Iv'e got the D'Addario site saved. It'll take some time to go through all this cool data. I feel confident my estimates on electric guitar strings are accurate enough to help fellow players out with finding new tunings. I know different types of strings will have different strengths. Try but there may be breakage is the best I can offer for now.  

16s? Yeesh! I once strung my Hondo LP copy (DiMarzio humbuckers) with 13s for rhythm playing and I could scarcely get them down to the fingerboard...

Been pondering your 'two sets different gauges' idea. Much heavier than 10s and you couldn't get the low E up to G; much lighter and the B would be too light, I think. I've got a few on the bench- I'll see if the 'two GDGs and one EE'B' thing will fly.

Hi, I said earlier that electric sets of strings have unwound 3rds,ooops! I'm just fitting a few of my CBGs with new strings, Jazz style 12 - 52 and found that the 3rds are wound. Sorry 'bout that.

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

Making a Dulcimer

Started by Diglydog in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Dennis Goodinson 3 hours ago. 9 Replies

Video: A Good Amp is Better Than a Good Guitar

Started by Cause the Blue rat in Feature Articles. Last reply by Paul Craig 6 hours ago. 6 Replies

pickup

Started by Joe Williams in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Joe Williams on Wednesday. 10 Replies

Build This DIY Guitar Fuzz Pedal in 10 Minutes - VIDEO

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Paul Craig Jul 8. 19 Replies

Blog Posts

Why CBG's Part 2

Posted by Doug "Nomad" Farish on July 19, 2018 at 10:32am 0 Comments

Why CBG's?

Posted by Doug "Nomad" Farish on July 18, 2018 at 2:32pm 0 Comments

Putting Your Neck Out There

Posted by Richard Smith on July 10, 2018 at 12:26pm 4 Comments

Latest Activity

Dave Lynas commented on Erasmo Coco's video
7 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Erasmo Coco's video
Thumbnail

2 String Socket Case Diddley Bow

"That Dog still barks Erasmo. Sounds great!"
8 minutes ago
Dave Lynas liked Erasmo Coco's video
10 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Road Rash Roy's video
Thumbnail

Preachin Blues

"Love the guitar and vocal! Great funky sound. More!"
13 minutes ago
Dave Lynas liked Road Rash Roy's video
14 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Dave Lynas's photo
Thumbnail

Home at the lake

"Might be awakened by the Rocket JB. Usually quiet but once in a while the neighbors act up."
29 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Dave Lynas's photo
Thumbnail

Red Dog underpainting

"Toungue’s out Beetle! :*0"
32 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Dave Lynas's photo
Thumbnail

Red Dog underpainting

"Thanks Bones, Beetle and JB. I get to work on it tomorrow too. Going to the lake. Maybe bring the…"
34 minutes ago
Dave Lynas liked JB's photo
38 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on JB's photo
Thumbnail

Tin can Reso

"Beautiful JB. Love the colors. Bet it sounds great! I love the wickedbuckers! Nice lid too. I like…"
38 minutes ago
Randy S. Bretz posted a photo

Copper Skull slide

I`m adding this slide and 2 bonus picks to the Ebay auction for the Copper Skull fretless.
41 minutes ago
BeetleJuice! posted photos
47 minutes ago

Events

Music

Loading…

© 2018   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service