What 3 strings and how would you tune them

Leonardocoate

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I’m building a cigar box guitar with only 3 strings. What three strings would you chose and how would you tune them and why. My original thought was D, G, and B tuned to E, A,C#[open A) for easy slide work, but I’m second guessing myself. So I’m leaning on the wisdom of the group
 

Freeman Keller

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G B D gets you open G with the bass on the third - you can do both bottleneck and fretted (if its got frets). You could also try an Appalachian dulcimer tuning GGC (or the equivalent) and play it on your lap/
 

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I usually use GDG for 3 stringers, sometimes tuned down or up a 1/2 or full step. I like the forgiving root and fifth and the low bass note for a drone.

I also sometimes use a single note tuning (GGG or the like). I like to call it a "baby ostrich" tuning.
 

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Seasick Steve is another great reference for a 3 string guitar. Not sure what his tuning is but it'd be worth finding out.
I just utubed the man. What a guy. I get the impression he tunes by ear. I also noticed that his bass string is spaced in the 5th string location and uses the second and third strings. thanks for pointing me in his direction
 

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I do 4 string CBG's In G-D-G-B using the middle 4 strings of a 6 string pack.

Most of the 3 string CBG's I've seen are the A-D-G strings tuned to G< but those E-A-D strings tuned to D sound really dirty.
 

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On my 3 stringer I used the bottom 3 from a 11-52 set and tuned to 1 5 8 after finding a string tension that I liked for the scale length. I think it ended up AEA but I’d have to check.
 




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