My first CBG is completed and it looks mighty fine! But, I'm having a problem with the strings. I tried tuning the strings to GDGD, but the top D keeps breaking before I can get it tuned up to the D. I've been using the lower four strings from a six string acoustic set. Are these the correct ones to use? Help!
I always use the middle 4 strings from a set for my 4 stringers. I like to tune them to their standard pitch - ADGB - that way I can play any of the standard chords (just minus the low and high E strings) - also makes it easy to go back and forth to an open G by just dropping the low A string down a full step. I usually use light gauge acoustic or medium gauge electric string sets. I also found (by accident) that a standard mandolin capo works perfect on your average 4 (or 3) stringer for a quick pitch change. Hope this helps! - T