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 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.

Comment by Monterey on October 21, 2015 at 4:41pm
I am working on my first 3 string license plate guitar. It has a 25.5" scale length. What is a good tuning to start with, and what size strings should I use? I was going to use acoustic guitar strings
Comment by Mal Chilvers on October 6, 2015 at 10:20am

Hi guys I have must recieved a really nice 3 string from a really good friend of mine Shane Wagstaffe ,he has made for me quite a few and always promice to lezrn to play abd after a time Ijust give in but not this time.Iwant to learn from scratch. Firstly by learning the scales, naturally I want more than anything else to play the blues.what are the first scales I need to lezrn and where do I find them.Iwould apreciate and help to get started the propper way R egards Mal (UK)

Comment by John Hopper on September 19, 2015 at 11:10am

P.S.  I am currently tuned to G open: GDG.

Comment by John Hopper on September 19, 2015 at 11:03am

Sun 3 stringer

Hey everybody, All done, now I just need some tunes to play.  Any and all from any of you is appreciated.  JH

Comment by Nigel McTrustry on July 24, 2015 at 7:43am

Comment by BeetleJuice! on November 15, 2014 at 7:46am

yeah I agree, experimentation is the best way to discover, when ever and Idea comes to your head,.....try it....Never ask ...because if some give you a negative comment or review, it might detour you and stop you from trying and finding something great!... do it!

Comment by Randy Cordle on November 14, 2014 at 8:53pm

I just added a page for related information for a Nylon-strung acoustic 3 string guitar project to my website.  I'll be adding more content shortly, but at least it's up! 

Comment by Brown Water Jerry (Rice) on November 13, 2014 at 7:47am

What kind of strings did they use on the old time jazz boxes?


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