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Converting 3 string to 4 string

Started this discussion. Last reply by Oscar Stern Jul 27, 2023. 18 Replies

So other than just not using the ...3rd? String on a 4 string guitar when playing a song or riff made for a 3 string how do you take say a lesson from Shane or anyone designed for 3 string and play…Continue

Mounting resonator cones

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jun 6, 2019. 2 Replies

i built my first resonator using a spun aluminum cone and was happy with the sound and tone however I didn’t have the right size screws to mount the steel cover at first. Once I did get the cover on…Continue

Decal top removal

Started this discussion. Last reply by KOOL DOG HOOCH May 13, 2019. 3 Replies

is there a good way to remove the paper decal top off a cigar box so it can be used on another box? I have tried a heat, various cutters, blades. Continue

Bedpan pickups

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Oct 13, 2018. 5 Replies

I put this in the wrong forum, should have been here.  i have a bunch of stainless bedpans, 18, I bought to make guitars from and would like to have your options on what type , model, ect of pickup…Continue

 

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Oscar Stern replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
"Actually instead of using D, G, B, E Chicago Tuning how about we lower it down 2 frets to C, F, A, D."
Jul 27, 2023
BrianQ. replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
"Yea Carl, seems like you & Paul understood the question, but it spurred a different discussion? The way I read it was, it says that he’s asking how to incorporate that 4th string with lessons that are played on a 3 string guitar? "
Jul 19, 2023
Oscar Stern replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
Jul 19, 2023
Carl Floyd replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
"Paul Craig (on page one) told of a number of good ways to play 3 string music on a 4 string.  I can't think of any better ways.  Of course, you already know the best way.  :) I believe the way you worded your title led a…"
Mar 18, 2023
Oscar Stern replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg5GuAd6yYU Let's say you want a 6 string CBG but you don't want to build a new instrument well you could take your 3 (or 4) string CBG & convert it into a 6 string by replacing the neck & re bracing…"
Mar 16, 2023
Oscar Stern replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
Mar 16, 2023
Oscar Stern replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
Mar 16, 2023
Oscar Stern replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
"The JN Cask Cigar Box Tenor Guitars are perfect for Orchestral String players that wanna strum"
Feb 14, 2023
Paul Craig replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
"You were right Oscar about that stated B being a G instead, my mix up. All my 3 or 4 string CBG's have been 25" scale except for the last 2 I built were 24" scale. Love those guitars you posted, they look great."
Feb 14, 2023
Oscar Stern replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
"J.N. Guitars made the Cask Guitars which are Cigar Box Tenor Guitars. They're also working on the 6 String Version called Cask VI:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3-uW_OAURg"
Feb 12, 2023
Oscar Stern replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
"I was able to get away w/ John Pearse #450 Strings for my 4 String Conversion Cigar Box Guitar (it used to be a 3 String), but because the scale length is 2 inches longer than a Standard Tenor Guitar (which would be G, D, A, E) I had to transpose…"
Feb 12, 2023
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Oscar Stern replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
"Actually it's G not a B. Well Converting a 3 String CBG into a 4 String could be for if you want to advance to more Strings but you don't want to make a new instrument. It might save alot of money because you're simply rebuilding an…"
Feb 12, 2023
Paul Craig replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
"Right. I made a Baritone conversion neck and put it on a Strat. It has Dulcimer fretting, I call it the Ducitar. 6 strings at 28" scale. It's tuned open C : C/G/C/B/C/C. You can play Bass chords on the 3 top - lower tuned strings,…"
Feb 1, 2023
Oscar Stern replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
"I think C you'll get a much fuller sound. Well we could have a 7 String version tuned DGBDGBD like a Russian 7 String Guitar cause whatever yo do on the bottom 4 strings can be done on the top 4 as well. Converting a 4 string Cigar Box Guitar…"
Feb 1, 2023
Paul Craig replied to Robert Bryan's discussion Converting 3 string to 4 string
"Your 3 string guitar is usually tuned ( 1 - 5 - 1 ) The 1 is the root note of your chord and the 5 is the 5th note of the chord and the other 1 is the root note at a higher octave. Your choices are: A: Keep the 3rd note string of your 4 string…"
Feb 1, 2023

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Everything, love the sound, love the idea of reusing mateirials. Am hoping i can learn 3 or 4 string easier than a six string guitar. It should go well with my blues harmonica playing

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