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Strings breaking --- What good is a 3 string guitar if it only has 2 strings?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Jan 16, 2020. 7 Replies

Need a little help group. I started off using small eyelets as string guides. 1st stringing went fine once i moved to the Southbound Acoustic Light Gauge. Then I opted to remove the middle eyelet and…Continue

 

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Gus K replied to Jim Codog's discussion Yardstick Fretboards in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Here's a yardstick fingerboard with 4 strings."
Feb 17, 2020
Tim Pannabecker replied to Jim Codog's discussion Yardstick Fretboards in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Splitting the neck lengthwise is called “ripping” the board.  A Depot or Lowe’s or lumberyard will do this for free when buying their product."
Feb 17, 2020
Gus K replied to Jim Codog's discussion Yardstick Fretboards in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Big bolts work fine."
Feb 13, 2020
Paul Craig replied to Jim Codog's discussion Strings breaking --- What good is a 3 string guitar if it only has 2 strings?
"Make sure your not over tuning the strings and check all places the string come into contact with(tuner holes, nut, retainers, bridge, stop tail/tremolo/ferrules) for any sharp edges or burrs. Where are the strings breaking in relation to the…"
Jan 16, 2020
ChickenboneJohn replied to Jim Codog's discussion Strings breaking --- What good is a 3 string guitar if it only has 2 strings?
"Checkout my guide to tuning your guitar - tuning  to an octave above is the most common cause of string breakage in my experience.  https://youtu.be/C-wfo51zAvc"
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Jim Codog replied to Jim Codog's discussion Strings breaking --- What good is a 3 string guitar if it only has 2 strings?
"Well I went back to the eyelets and went to my last set of strings from Gitty before I reload. The gauges are .42 - .30 - .09. These were the very first strings I ever loaded on this build. Light Gauge Acoustic with the 2 lower strings wound nickel…"
Jan 16, 2020
Taffy Evans replied to Jim Codog's discussion Strings breaking --- What good is a 3 string guitar if it only has 2 strings?
"Ooops, sorry to mislead you Jim, I must have misunderstood your post. Taff"
Jan 15, 2020
Tom T replied to Jim Codog's discussion Strings breaking --- What good is a 3 string guitar if it only has 2 strings?
"If you are tuning something like G2 D3 G3 and have a 25" scale you are pulling around 28 lbs tension on the high G string. That's not normally break tension, but is a good bit higher than you actually need. As for tuning to the wrong…"
Jan 15, 2020
Jim Codog replied to Jim Codog's discussion Strings breaking --- What good is a 3 string guitar if it only has 2 strings?
"Thanks Taff. The strings are from CB Gitty and I had them on before the change...so if the gauge is wrong then why are they packaged that way. The first set worked great and a buddy, who plays 6 strings, beat on it hard with no issue. Then I made an…"
Jan 15, 2020
Taffy Evans replied to Jim Codog's discussion Strings breaking --- What good is a 3 string guitar if it only has 2 strings?
"Hi Jim, I saw your question on the main page section but did not know how to respond there, glad you posted here. So....what Larry said is proberebly correct. Strings are gauged to work within a certain range of their intended tuning/pitch, eg: an…"
Jan 15, 2020
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Strings breaking --- What good is a 3 string guitar if it only has 2 strings?

Need a little help group. I started off using small eyelets as string guides. 1st stringing went fine once i moved to the Southbound Acoustic Light Gauge. Then I opted to remove the middle eyelet and run a small bolt thru the 2 eyelets so that I could better adjust string spacing.All goes fine until I string the high (bottom) string....boing!  Again and again.  My Gauges are .42 .30 and .22. I even ran over to Guitar Center and bought 3 more wound .24. Every time I get the higher octave g close…See More
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At 11:39am on October 11, 2019, BrianQ. said…

Welcome to the nation Jim, plenty of build plans/ play info in the Resources tab, join some groups too? Here’s a video of how to build a simple cbg, hope this helps :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmzvfyOizV8&t=10s

 
 
 

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