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Three string guitars

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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 guitar...it 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 3-string-guitar.com...there 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 music.....post 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 Al Williams on January 30, 2016 at 7:58pm

It also depends on the scale (measurement from nut to bridge) e.g. 25 inches. I have used 18 frets on both mine. Go to Stewmac's fret calculator https://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator 

Comment by Michael J. Charland on January 30, 2016 at 7:05pm

This might help...

Scale Length Explained | stewmac.com

Cheers

Comment by TN Twang on January 30, 2016 at 10:48am

At least 12 are absolutely essential. I've been putting 15 so I can get a high "blues" note on solos. I intend to start putting 17 in the future to get an even higher melody note. Beyond that, they're mostly for looks anyway. If you have the chops to play 'em, then you need 'em--otherwise don't worry about it.

Comment by John Sandoval on January 29, 2016 at 9:11pm
Depends how far into the body the fretboard goes and the location of the bridge.
Comment by Michael barron on January 29, 2016 at 8:47pm
Im building my 1st 3 string cbg and im seeing conflicting info. How many frets is on a 25in fret board? Im seeing info saying 19 to 24. Which is it?
i feel dumb for having to ask this but i could use some help.
Comment by BeetleJuice! on January 17, 2016 at 1:44am

Comment by BeetleJuice! on January 3, 2016 at 9:16pm

Try A- D -a

if the strings are to tight, reverse it and do

D-A-d

that sound get you going and having fun!....you can do a lot with that tuning!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on January 3, 2016 at 9:14pm

Comment by Monterey on October 23, 2015 at 11:07pm
Thanks, Twang, big help- I'll have to digest that!
Comment by TN Twang on October 23, 2015 at 8:46am

25.5" is equivalent to a big Martin. Martin strings are cheap and easy to find, but any "standard" acoustic strings should do. I recommend light or extra light strings so you don't put as much tension on your homemade neck (which probably doesn't have a steel rod reinforcing it.)

For my first 2 builds, I bought a set of six strings and used 'em for 2 guitars. Bass strings E-A-D I tuned to D-A-D for a gutsy, mellow low sound. Treble strings G-B-E I tuned to F#-A-D--which is a tuning I like for high lead or quiet accompanying chords. If you don't like the F#, you can tune it on down to D to gave you a D-A-D tuning on the high strings, but it may start to buzz because it's so slack

Lotsa' guys on this board seem to pick the A, D, and G strings out of the middle of a 6-string pack and tune them G-D-G--which sounds like your D-A-D only it's in the key of G instead of the key of D. This is a nice, mellow range of sounds on any guitar.

Once you've decided which tuning you like, our host Ben (CB Gitty) will sell you 3-string sets with just the strings you need. See his catalog online for beaucoups info on strings and how they sound.

 
 
 

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