New to this site...have lurked for a while and have been inspred by the work here.
Built my fist CBG resonator..I have it set up on a 25-1/2" scale.
I'm to the point of putting strings on it. Not sure what to do here. Hoping some of your expereince will help.
Based on this set up, what strings would you use and what tunings would be best for what I've put together. I know there are options...I'll prolly add electronics later. Your opinions are highly valued considering my limited knowledge in building.
id go with #3 , 4 and 5 strings .from an 9's or 10s pack. if adding mag pickup use electric guitar strings (steel) ..
if you are going piezo or acoustic .. med acoustic , #3,4,5 .
as for tuning .. nothing beats this simple method . in simplicity anyway ;-)
Thanks for reply!
forgot to add...its a four string. Important bit of info huh?
lol .. yup .. and im the wrong guy to ask fo 4 string tuning .. i get lost in it . try it all, and end up ripping off a string ;-)
You can use the 4-3-2-1 and tune it to D-G-B-e, just like the bottom 4 strings on a 6 string. That way the chords won't change on you.
Or you can use the top 4 and go with 6-5-4-3.
When you say you are going to add electronics later, it will make a difference whether or not you add a piezo pickup or a magnetic pickup. If you use a mag pup, then you will want to use electric guitar strings. For a piezo, it won't matter.
You could also drop the heaviest and lightest strings and tune something like A D F# A or G D G B, adjusting up or down if that's to tight or loose... who the blue heck are them there masters?
.032w, .024w, .018p, .013p, tune it D G B D..away you go...instant Muddy Waters & Keef Richards sounds.
By the way, it's not much help referring to strings as no. 3, 4, 5 etc from a set..as gauges vary so much - for example, the 3rd or G string can be as light as .015 or as heavy as. 026 depending what set you look at - that's a huge variation. It's much better to get to grips with the actual gauge sizes (measured in thousands of an inch). As regards "masters" of cigarbox guitar making, I don't know if there are many around...if any. It's a hit and miss craft at best, not an exact science, and that's the joy of it.