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What Strings Should I Use With Your Cigar Box Guitars?
The short answer is any brand and size you want. The long answer is, if you tune it to open A, I recommend .09's, if you tune to open G, .10's will work fine. the reason is that heavier strings work better when tuning down (open G) and light strings work better when tuning up (E,A).
My cigar box guitars that are tuned to open G and open A use the 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd strings. The cigar box guitars that are tuned to D or E use the 6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd strings. There string cigar box guitars tuned to G or A use the 5th, 4th and 3rd strings. Three string cigar box guitars tuned to D or E use the 6th, 5th and 4th strings.
I prefer Elixir nano web strings because they are slippery and your fingers glide easily across them and they last a long time. You can use any brand strings you like. D' Addario, Ernie Ball, Martin all make good strings as well. I use a 6th string on the diddley bows but you can use any string you like.