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Low G won’t tune r

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kirk Jun 26. 7 Replies

Help. I’ve just built my 4th 3 string CBG, and this one is the best from a design and structural standpoint, but the low G (top string) won’t play right and I can’t figure out why. It tunes to G…Continue

 

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Kirk replied to Wes Williams's discussion Low G won’t tune r
"You could probably get away with about the thickness of a hard pick.  I remember Glenn Watt having a video where he said three playing cards.  So a business card might be too thin.  If you like a high action, file down the nut,…"
Jun 26
Wes Williams replied to Wes Williams's discussion Low G won’t tune r
"Thanks you all for your advice. I’ve adjusted the bridge height and it’s ALMOST right, so I think that’s been my main problem. I also think my nut height is too high. A business card, huh? Mine’s more like a stack on business…"
Jun 26
Taffy Evans replied to Wes Williams's discussion Low G won’t tune r
"Hi, I would not discount a bad string, I've had that a few times, swap it to test. Also check that the nut is parallel to the first fret. Taff"
Jun 25
Kirk replied to Wes Williams's discussion Low G won’t tune r
"Most likely it's your string height at the nut.  If you're not playing slide, then you want it to be about the thickness of a business card between the fret and the string. "
Jun 25
Timothy Hunter replied to Wes Williams's discussion Low G won’t tune r
"Gitty has a setup guide here https://www.cigarboxguitar.com/knowledge-base/how-to-use-hard-tail-bridges/ what needs to be the same is the harmonic at the 12th fret and the string fretted at the 12th fret. then if the frets are correct and the action…"
Jun 25
Cause the Blue rat replied to Wes Williams's discussion Low G won’t tune r
"Totally agree with Darryl. If you have a tuner you can us it to set your bridge intonation. Set each string. Worst case you may have to move the bridge if your that far off.  There are lots of great how to vids on youtube for setting up a…"
Jun 25
darryl kernaghan replied to Wes Williams's discussion Low G won’t tune r
"Wes, you say your bridge is set the same for all strings, I take that to be both height and length, generally the scale will get marginally longer going from top [thinnest] to lower, I,d suggest tuning and adjusting the bridge until you get the low…"
Jun 25
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Low G won’t tune r

Help. I’ve just built my 4th 3 string CBG, and this one is the best from a design and structural standpoint, but the low G (top string) won’t play right and I can’t figure out why. It tunes to G without a problem, but the frets don’t give the right notes. The other two strings do fine. When I play the second fret, which should be an A, it’s sharp. In fact, the first fret plays a lot closer to an A, and this holds true all the way up the neck, but only for the top string. I can’t understand this…See More
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