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Problem with high G string

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Craig 1 hour ago. 6 Replies

Hi, I'm having a problem tuning the high G string on the CGB I have just built. Initially no problem, strung it up, played it, everything OK. The high string snapped when I tried to up the tuning to…Continue

 

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Don Craig replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"Instead of looping the string through the bead, thread it through a small washer and then through the hinge.  Here's one using copper rivet washers on a similar hinge, been using it like this for a year with no breakage."
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Chris B-stock replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
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Chris B-stock replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"That's a better plan. I would leave the hinge on and drill through the tailpiece so the strings still go through the hinge, but at a much shallower angle. That will keep the look you already have with minimal modification. You will probably…"
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Alex Russell replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"Thanks for your advice guys.  Low G and middle D are tuned to G1, I've tried tuning down to the octave below but this makes the strings too loose. So I have been trying to tune the high G to the next octave up, which would be G2. When…"
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Chris B-stock replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"That's a tough bend for a string to make through the hole in the hinge. It's essentially a 180 degree bend. You could put something (small dowel, nail, machine screw...) behind the hinge to round out the bend and ease the stress on that…"
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Korrigan replied to Alex Russell's discussion Problem with high G string
"It wouldn't hunt to smooth any sharp edges on the holes in the hinge but those are some mighty thick strings Alex. What octave are you trying to tune to? Tuning a .029 bronze to G2 would only be about 10lb of tension, so too loose, tuning it…"
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Problem with high G string

Hi, I'm having a problem tuning the high G string on the CGB I have just built. Initially no problem, strung it up, played it, everything OK. The high string snapped when I tried to up the tuning to G#, so I replaced it with a 28 gauge bronze wound and it snapped again just before high G. I have tried a 29 gauge bronze wound and a .009 nickel wound and they also snapped at F#. so I can't get it tuned up. The scale length is 25 inches held at the tailpiece by a hinged bracket. as illustrated in…See More
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"Hi Micheal thanks for your advice and drawing. I've now sorted it out by fixing 2 wood blocks underneath the neck to lift it up to the underside of the box lid so won't move. "
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Alex Russell commented on Shane Speal shanespeal.com's group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Hi Guys, many thanks for your advice on my CBG build. My main concern was the neck not being fixed into the box properly. To be sure I'll add blocks or pieces of wood to bring the neck up close to the underside of the box lid go make sure it…"
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