Just got done with my first 4 string build and have a nice new set of strings, Ernie Ball super slinky.

so what four strings should i use to get that good delta blues sound ?


Views: 8070

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Well thats a wide open question that will get some different answers.

I would say it depends somewhat on the scale length and range you want to tune to. But we can start with the assumption you want to tune to an "open" tuning for slide, since you mentioned Delta blues style.

Again, depending on scale length, you might find the super slinky guage a bit light for slide.

My personal favorite is DGBD (G Maj.) On a 25.5" scale with strings 1-4 from a med guage set. (.030" .018" .014" .011" or so). The I, IV, V blues progression would be G,C,D. (Open, Fret 5, Fret7.)

Or you could go with D,F#,A,D (D Maj.) and it would be D,G,A.

Hope that helps, there are just so many options you have to start somewhere and see what happens.

Personally I'd say Super Slinkys are WAY too light for open tunings. For an open G tuning you want at least an 013 on the top, so even if you throw away the top, you're still only left wihth an 011, and if you discard the top two, that would give you a 16 on the top..this might be OK, but it does leave you with a very weighty 2nd string (024)..all of which is OK if you are tuning pretty low.


In conclusion, I'd recommend leaving the Super Slinkys for fitting to your regular 6 electric 6 string and get some proper heavier strings running something like 032, 024, 016, 013


I saw where shane said somthing about the middle four strings , did he mean just leave off both E strings?


Hello Jimbo,

Please watch these video. I think it will give you some good ideas. Please feel free to write if you have any further questions. Enjoy your CBG.



Delta Blues Sound.


Thanks for asking, Keni Lee

Yes, use guitar strings ADGB tune GDGB or use strings DGBE and tune DGBD. Both are forms of Open G tuning. Enjoy. 


The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Discussion: Toothpick Frets?

Started by Habanera Hal in Feature Articles. Last reply by Mark Miller Nov 17. 27 Replies

Your take on this bizarre guitar

Started by Infirmity Citrus President in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Vladimir Mazic Nov 16. 11 Replies

Latest Activity

Doug Thorsvik commented on Doug Thorsvik's photo

Blue Ribbon CBG

"Thanks Alan! I do lean towards the simple. Playability is my top priority and this one has great…"
9 hours ago
Poorness Studios posted a video

Unboxing a Homemade Kazoo (from one of my subscribers)

Welcome back to Kazoo Fridays! Somebody sent me this homemade kazoo to unbox on my channel. He also sent me a video a fourth graders playing some homemade ka...
9 hours ago
t-belly johnson liked bemuzic's video
12 hours ago
AGP # commented on Doug Thorsvik's photo

Blue Ribbon CBG

"Nice Looking Clean Uncomplicated Build Doug, Well Done! :-)"
12 hours ago
AGP # liked Doug Thorsvik's photo
12 hours ago
AGP # liked bemuzic's video
12 hours ago
bemuzic commented on bemuzic's video

Busker Vs sound of Sainsbury’s shopping trollies! Winter Song - with 3 string Cigar Box Guitar

"Thanks John, yes we're having a pretty cold spell atm here. Happy Christmas to you and Linda.…"
13 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Chuck otto's photo
14 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Doug Thorsvik's photo
14 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Doug Thorsvik's photo
14 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Doug Thorsvik's photo
14 hours ago
BrianQ. liked Doug Thorsvik's photo
15 hours ago


© 2022   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->