Shane Speal 6-string Cigar Box Guitar String Set - as used onstage by the King of the Cigar Box Guitar!
"When Southbound Strings asked me to develop a set of professional electric guitar strings for cigar box guitar, I demanded three things:
- The strings must include a ‘wound G’ string (essential for grinding slide guitar).
- They must withstand my brutal punishment for several 3-hour gigs.
- The price must still be low.
He sent me 10 packs of “test strings” back in October, right before I had a two week tour. The idea was to string up every one of my concert instruments (seven cigar box guitars in all) and see how long they would last before the strings broke. (I had been using a popular brand of strings and would usually break 1 to 2 strings a night.) I went SIX shows before one of these Southbound Strings broke! That’s 18 hours of brutal punishment on the cigar box guitars, including throwing the instruments across the stage at the end of the concert. The string’s tones were crisp, clean and LOUD! Needless to say, they passed the test with flying colors. I stand by these strings for electric cigar box guitar and any slide guitar. They’re essential to my sound now."
#1 - .052" Nickel Wound (Low E)
#2 - .042" Nickel Wound (Low A)
#3 - .032" Nickel Wound (Middle D)
#4 - .024" Nickel Wound (Middle G)
#5 - .016" Plain Steel (Middle B)
#6 - .012" Plain Steel (High E)
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 23-27" 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.
This string set is formulated based on Shane's many years of experimentation and what has worked on his guitars.
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 "digital tuner"), so check them out!