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 all 3 string info .... come visit it sometime, just Google "3 string guitar" or visit

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Comment by Richard Dean yesterday

Hey rooster, here's the link to the open "G" tuning I was trying to help you with, this has an awesome guide to string type for a desired sound, has video bites of each combination, should help with the "TWANG"

Open "g" tuning and string choice

Comment by Richard Dean yesterday

There's a page somewhere that gives you sound bite comparisons of using different strings in open G, Damn if I can find it again, site keeps changing and half my bookmarks a useless now.

Comment by Richard Dean yesterday

Not Beetle, but see if I can help, you have several questions here and they have multiple factors at play.

Twang!!!!! ok, string choice combined with your soundboard material, as you know, smaller diameter strings will have a higher pitch, combine this with only having approx 3 strings(hardly any or no base strings) will start you on the road to twangs house, adding a resonator cone or just the surface area used depending on material, stretched material, other metallic surfaces, certain woods will give you a banjo type of sound.

Next, frets and string height, unlike a non fretted instrument, your neck and fret board being level from one end to the other is way more critical than having no frets slide playing, your action can be higher and not effect much, but actually help, with frets, they must be even, with the exception of zero fret or nut. The height where the string rest in your nut slot should be approx .030 above your first fret. Using a string gauge or ruler, you can set your bridge/saddle height accordingly so your string height at the 12th fret is no more than 2-2.5mm(approx 5/64th) much lower and you'll get fret buzz, much higher makes the action high and harder to play.

To aid you in obtaining your bridge height and still have a lot of room to strum, build your git with some neck back angle...cut the mounting surface of the neck with approx 2degrees negative angle(leans downward) this will keep your string action low and give more bridge options, and your nut and saddle to sink with each other.

Hope not too confusing, others should chime in, frets is the fiddly part of git building, take your time.

Comment by Rooster Reaves yesterday

Hey Beetle,  I have trouble at times trying to get my bridge and nut to get in sink with each other. I can't figure out how to get some of my builds to not twang like a sitar. I want o build some CBG's that I can fret as well as do slide. I've built a few now but always have a problem with the string hight. Like to be able to figure it out.. If you have any pointers I'd be obliged. Thanks.

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Comment by Richard Dean on August 14, 2017 at 2:27pm

calculator is how i determined what strings to go with to keep the tension purposely on the lower end of the necessary spectrum and still be able to play without hopefully losing tune too often

Comment by Richard Dean on August 14, 2017 at 2:26pm

only 3 strings and fairly low tension, almost too low, strings feel a little buttery, plus I incorporated some overkill in construction and support, so, I think it will last longer then expected.

I appreciate the insight, I was a little worried about this as well.

Comment by BeetleJuice! on August 14, 2017 at 2:22pm

thats neat that calculator,

 popular for the neck sounds really nice and vibrates nice, but it bows quickly and in about 3 or 4 months is noticeably higher


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