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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.
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.
Use EADTune: EAC# / EBE / DAD ...
Use ADG> Tune: ADF# / AEA / GDG ...
Use GBETune: AC#E / GBD ...