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set of many string gauges?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ted Crocker Mar 22. 2 Replies

I'm doing some experiments. What is an economical way to get a set of "real" (i.e. made for music) steel strings, at least 28" long and preferably with ball ends, of many gauges, both plain and wound?

"Third Thumb" tuning, by IaNerd

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick "IaNerd" Byrnes Mar 25. 1 Reply

THIS WILL MAKE THE WORLD BETTER!Consider a 3-stringed instrument, such as a Cigar Box Guitar. A default tuning might be open Gmaj, or (from head to feet) G--B--D.My idea is to reverse two strings,…Continue

 

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Patrick "IaNerd" Byrnes replied to Patrick "IaNerd" Byrnes's discussion "Third Thumb" tuning, by IaNerd
"An extension of this idea: Putting the "perfect fifth" string in the middle (e.g. B--D--G, from head to feet) and using the thumb to flat-fret the B--G (i.e. the third AND the fifth) gives you all the DIMINISHED chords as well!"
Mar 25
Ted Crocker replied to Patrick "IaNerd" Byrnes's discussion set of many string gauges?
"Check your local music store for what sets they have.  You can also ask the guitar tech if he can save the ones when does string changes.  Tell him it's for experiments.  I buy only the gauges I need a dozen at a time (I mostly…"
Mar 22
Patrick "IaNerd" Byrnes replied to Patrick "IaNerd" Byrnes's discussion set of many string gauges?
"By "steel", I meant metal that influences magnetic field pickups."
Mar 18
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set of many string gauges?

I'm doing some experiments. What is an economical way to get a set of "real" (i.e. made for music) steel strings, at least 28" long and preferably with ball ends, of many gauges, both plain and wound?
Mar 18
Patrick "IaNerd" Byrnes posted a discussion

"Third Thumb" tuning, by IaNerd

THIS WILL MAKE THE WORLD BETTER!Consider a 3-stringed instrument, such as a Cigar Box Guitar. A default tuning might be open Gmaj, or (from head to feet) G--B--D.My idea is to reverse two strings, therefore: B--G--D. Bar chords are all still major and sound about the same. But instead of a full bar chord, we can use the middle finger to fret only the G--D. The B string is fretted by reaching the thumb over the top of the neck. STILL sounds the same!But now the thumb can move one fret towards…See More
Mar 16
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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
telephone conversation with the founder
What instruments are you building or playing?
I have a passion for alternate tunings of harmonicas, kalimbas and 3- and 4-stringed instruments.

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At 12:37pm on March 16, 2018, Ted Crocker said…

Hi Patrick, welcome to the Handmade Music Clubhouse - Cigar Box Guitar Headquarters (CBG HQ)!  Glad you made it here.

The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.

Have a look around, introduce yourself in My Name Is...  There's an active Chat Room where you can ask questions, offer help or just talk about anything with some great folks.

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