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Tunings for a 3-string cigar box guitar
(utilizing A,D,G strings from an acoustic guitar string set)

All notes are listed from low to high (bass to treble)

  • Open A: A,E,A’
  • Open G: G,D,G’
  • A7 (the magic jazz tuning): A,E,G
  • A6 (Hawaiian tuning): A,E,F#
  • G9 (mandolin-type tuning/Shane Speal’s “sitar” tuning***): G,D,A
    *** Shane uses the flat edge of a bone slide to buzz against the high string, creating a sitar-like sound. As heard in the Jug Fusion song “Bone To Pick”
  • Dirty E : Ultra-low E, E, B (in this tuning, the low E is practically flapping against the fretboard. Great for mean and dirty blues)

…more 3 string tunings to come!