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How Do You Tune A Cigar Box Guitar?
However you want :)
Seriously, you can tune it like a traditional guitar but with three or four strings or you can tune it to an open chord similar to a banjo (but without the banjo 5th string).
There are as many ways to tune a CBG as there are to tune are regular guitar which is many hundreds. You can also tune some strings in unison such as A a D G g (the small letters represent a higher octave).
Here are some common tunings for a 4 string cigar box guitar. The top string (first) is the third of the chord.
Here are the same tunings for a 3 string cigar box guitar. There is no major third so technically these aren't major chords.
D-A-d (using the 6, 5 and 4 strings)
G-d-g (using the 5, 4 and 3)
f-c-f (using the 3, 2 and 1)
A-d-f# (using the 5, 4 and 3 strings)
d-f#-a (using the 4, 3 and 2)
f#-a-d (using the 3, 2 and 1)
B-d-g (using the 5, 4 and 3 strings)
d-g-b (using the 4, 3 and 2)
g-b-d (using the 3, 2 and 1)
String 5 (A) tune down to G or
String 3 (G)
String 5 (A) tune down to G / String 4 (D) or
String 3 (G) / String 2 (B)
Know as G5 Tuning, only two tones, but three strings
String 5 (A) tune down to G / String 4 (D) / String 3 (G) or
String 3 (G) / String 2 (B) / String 1 (E) tune down to D
String 5 (A) tune down (G) / String 4 (D) / String 3 (G) / String 2 (B) or
String 5 (A) tune down to (G) / String 4 (D) / String 3 (G) / String 1 (E) tune down to (D)
Here are the various string sizes
Medium gauge acoustic strings (thickest - thinnest = low to high)
E - .056 / A - .045 / D - .035 / G - .026 / B - .017 / E - .013
The numbers are approximate.
Tune: EAC# / EBE / DAD ...
Use ADG> Tune: ADF# / AEA / GDG ...
Tune: AC#E / GBD ...