Three string guitars


Three string guitars

Everything about anything that's a three stringer

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If you enjoy three string guitars, this is the place!

Hi Folks, This is the group to share everything about the three string is only about 3 stringers, not that there is a problem with 6 string guitars, those are cool, and 4 stringers are nifty too...but this is a place to share ideas and post anything and everything 3 string.

There is another website on the net that is the mecca of all that is 3 string.... come visit it sometime, just Google "3 string guitar" or visit is so much info it would fill up this section...come on over when you are ready to read lots of great stories.

If you have anything to share, add it here and it might help get your sales or spread the word about your your ideas, photos and tips, don't let it get buried and lost in the random 4 and 6 string stuff....this is the place for your 3 string post, this is three string heaven.

Get out of the rutt, play a three string!




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Comment by TN Twang on September 10, 2016 at 6:47pm

Hello, Tex!

You're in the right place. The only problem I've ever had with Cigar Box Nation is that there's so much knowledge and help that I can't take it all in.

If you haven't already done so, go to and start clicking on links.

I'd recommend watching Knotlenny's video first and then working down the page (or any other order you might like.) Several of the guys who post free tutorials also sell or rent help or lessons on their web sites. They'll provide you with links and you can purchase help from anyone who seems to be doing the kind of thing you want to do.

There are also some excellent free online videos and for-sale DVDs available from Justin Johnson. (See his web site for some excellent freebies.)

Brent Robitaille has a couple of excellent books on the subject. I find his slide material to be excellent, but I've challenged him to give us more for slide and not as much for traditionally fretted instruments.

Best of luck. If the deluge of ideas and techniques overwhelms you, just ignore it all and sit and play. You don't have to play or tune or pick like anyone else; that's the beauty of the cigar-box guitar. Find your own music. May you be the next Robert Johnson.

Comment by Tex Pierce on September 10, 2016 at 12:41pm

Newbi here, want to learn 3 string slide guitar, have a 3 string fretless and need best lessons for strictly slide, chord chart for slide chords, tuned to GDG, I am 68 and need all the help I can get. Tried learning regular 6 string, but with bad arthritis in my left hand had no luck. The 3 string CBG will be my last hope. Appreciate any and all help. Thanks!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on June 27, 2016 at 1:09pm

Found this old image from Termo king!

Comment by TN Twang on February 23, 2016 at 9:17am

Just looked at  Good site. Thanks.

Comment by JIm Trussler on February 22, 2016 at 12:42pm
Wayne, thanks for the info on Juststrings. Looks interesting so far.
Comment by Wayne Bigler on February 22, 2016 at 12:33pm

I use nickle round wound electrics in gauges .042, .030 and .020 for G and A tuning. You can hear what that sounds like on my page or my website. I get my strings at where you can buy individual strings by bulk.

Comment by JIm Trussler on February 22, 2016 at 12:24pm
there is a Long & Mcaqauade about 2 hours from here so I will have to check out buying individual strings. I am looking at going back to the piezo on the next build so I will try the acoustic strings on that.
I generally use the leftover strings from a set to align the bridge so the string spa being is even on the top and bottom.
Comment by George Mesheau on February 22, 2016 at 12:02pm

huh, I can buy individual strings, electric or acoustic at my local music shop ... JFYI.. that of course is here in Canada thru. the largest seller in Canada I think, Long&McQuade music stores.

Comment by TN Twang on February 22, 2016 at 11:08am

Yeah. now that I look at your ID picture it's obvious that you're using "real" electric pickups. Good luck finding individual electric strings. To keep from wasting 3 strings out of each set, I sometimes buy a set of 6 and use the bottom 3 on one guitar (tuned D A d) and the top 3 on another (tuned d a' d'). Of course that throws you into the key of D instead of G, but I'm a low-voice vocal anyway.

You can always build lots of 1 and 2-string diddley bows and use up your leftover strings...

Comment by JIm Trussler on February 22, 2016 at 6:24am
TN, thanks for the input. On the last 2 builds I used magnetic pole pick-ups. TRolling through the boards suggested both acoustic and electric strings so aia tried both. I must admit the electric strings worked best. You have clarified something though, I did a piezo pickup build and used electrics and I guess I should have used acoustics....

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