4-String Tunings for the Cigar Box Guitar with Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson checks in from Tasmania, during his Smoke & Mirrors World Tour, to share his favorite tunings for the 4-string Cigar Box Guitar. www.JustinJoh...

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Comment by RTZGUITARS on April 10, 2014 at 3:54am

Making short cuts for the masses great stuff as always Justin. That place looks awesome.

Comment by Maddog on April 6, 2014 at 7:20am

Always good to see you doin' your thing and sharing your knowledge Justin! Helpful info and will help greatly for 4 string amatuers like myself, always been a little scared of that 4th :-(

I enjoyed the whole vid but must say I really enjoyed the out takes at the end, just you bein' you  :-)

And CBN folks, if you haven't gotten Justin's new "Smoke and Mirrors" double CD set go to the main page and do yourselves a favor and order a copy. AWESOME music and the package includes 2 booklets with info and photos of the whole Smoke and Mirrors experience.

Comment by smilingdog1 on April 6, 2014 at 5:05am

My question for your tunings is, does it mater between various packs of string, say heavy down to ultra lite gauge.

I know that my snark differs greatly between gauges and string types. How do you view this and have you found any variance?

Comment by Sharecropper on April 6, 2014 at 4:48am

Great lesson, Justin !   My first CBG was a four string , but I found I couldn't play with the 3rd thrown into the mix!   This really helps .   At about the 14:00 minute mark I got a little confused . ....Oh....I think I got it...  Standard tuning of the A-D-G-B strings are changed to A-D-G-C to be at the same intervals as standard tuned E-A-D-G strings....right!?!  Brilliant!!   That changes my G chord shape to a C chord.....correct?     Thanks!  My head hurts and I need to make a fretted four string.   That's a good thing !    

Comment by smilingdog1 on April 6, 2014 at 3:07am

Another great share!

Comment by 14 buck bass (aka antonio) on April 6, 2014 at 3:03am

Justin thanks so much for the info. I atually have a JJ v2 I got from Bob, but really havent attaked it much cause im totally farkeled up with the 4 string.  and all the guys that come over tune it to what they think and each time it gets worse .  Now ive been really sorted out on tuning this gitty. Again man thanks so much for this. I really appreciate the help. well explained , and really clear . blooper reel is awesome man,  good to see the wizard having fun helps us little fish feel normal. thanks again man

Comment by Uncle John on April 6, 2014 at 2:51am

Prettty setting.    Great info, even  for a 3 string Luddite like me.

Comment by Jim Morris on April 6, 2014 at 1:06am

Great info Justin. Now I gotta add another string to one of my gits!

Comment by Chris Carlson on April 6, 2014 at 12:48am
Thanks Justin! Real helpful Information here!

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