Electric "Light" 3-String Cigar Box Guitar Strings - Open D Tuning - D F# A
South Bound Strings - Made in America, Bound for Glory!
This is a set of 3 strings voiced specifically for electric 3-string cigar box guitars (CBGs) that you want to tune in an "Open D" (D-F#-A)" tuning, a great setup for slide playing. These are good light-gauge strings, so they won't put too much tension stress on your CBG neck. For best results with reaching the desired tuning, these should be used on a CBG that has a scale length (the length from the nut to the bridge) in the 24-26" range. Much longer or shorter than that and the strings will either be too loose and sloppy, or so tight that they break before they reach the pitch.
#1 - .026" Nickel Wound
#2 - .018" Nickel Wound
#3 - .013" Plain Steel
This string set is formulated based on our own experimentation and what has worked on our own guitars. If you want to hand-pick specific strings in specific sizes, this may not be the pack for you. But if you are not sure exactly what you need and want a set of inexpensive strings that should work just fine for your build, this is the ticket. Please note that these strings are intended for an ELECTRIC CBG with a magnetic pickup. For an acoustic CBG or one with a piezo pickup, please see our acoustic string sets.
On the subject of tuning a CBG, having a digital chromatic tuner can be a BIG HELP to get in tune, compared to tuning by ear, pitch matching or using a microphone-based tuner. We carry inexpensive digital chromatic tuners in this store (search for "tuner"), so check them out!