I couldn't figure out how to phrase that for a site search, so I'm asking here.
I have a cbg that I built, 22" scale thereabouts, and I want to tune it to DGBD, but, with the thinner strings I have on there, all I can make work is AC#EA.
What guidelines do I need to follow to get the tuning I want with this short scale. I built it a couple of years ago, and can't remember what gauge strings I put on there.
Lots of choices. Simple rule of thumb, shorter scale, heavier strings needed when using standard steel strings. A good place to start is .032, .022, .017/.018, and .013. I have two tenor guitars I built that are 21" and 19.5" scale, and use the middle four strings from a standard set (ADGB). With the shorter scale length, I am able to bring each to pitch (DGBE) with a comfortable and playable string tension. Of course, you can tune the E down to a D to get the open G tuning you are looking for. Cheers, and good luck.
your scale length is around 2-3 frets shorter than a standard guitar...
so if you (temporarily) adjust each target note to compensate for that you can work out which guitar strings to use. If in doubt hold it up against a regular guitar so the bridges line up. Where is the nut? at fret 3 (on the regular guitar)? 5? etc. work it out from there..
depending which octave you're shooting for id be looking at probably the low 4 from a 7 string set or 2-5 in a regular (light-ish) set.
So, do you mean, look at my shorter scale as though it was capoed on a longer scale, and work out what strings give me the desired notes at that location?
String Tension 101 - there is some information worth examining at this link.
Here is an article that may help too:
thank you guys.
Hey Dan, be fun to put the ZOG guy and Scott Grove in a room together and lock the door.
OH man I looove Scott Grove that guy is hilarious
How about Patrick Costello, the banjo guy?