Hi everyone,

I am new to owning a CBT and to this group so hello to all my new friends.

I purchased my first cbg before attempting a build so I could get learning, I would like to tune my new cbg to GDG but the low G string will not tune to G before the strings snap, I have tried different gauges (48,46 & 44) all of which nearly get to the tuning but don't before breaking.

Can I have some advice please,

Many thanks,


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This is from the knowledge base and explains which strings to use.


Though checking the information the .044 or .046 wound strings should have been okay (based on a scale length of 25”).

Does your cigar box guitar have steep break angles over the bride or nut, or a tight notch the string runs through at the saddle or nut causing the string to snag and then break?


David L

I use a tuning app, as well as a clip on tuner, which displays frequencies and I tune my low G to 99.6 Hz. I have read that low G should be 196Hz or thereabouts, and I can achieve that but then cannot tune high G without breaking strings.

are you tuning to the correct "g"?  you need a chromatic tuner, otherwise you could be trying to tune the string too high and break it.

Not sure why Terry but your replies are blank on my iPad????

You are doubtless trying to tune an octave too high, and all wager that you are using a headstock tuner? Watch this, it might help.

I use the Pano Tuner app on my iPad and it’s very precise.


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