5 Alternate Tunings for the 3-String Cigar Box Guitar

by Alain Abou Atmeh, Jun 25, 2018 . 1 min read

5 Alternate Tunings for the 3-String Cigar Box Guitar

Below are 5 common tunings for the 3-string Cigar Box Guitar. If you would like to suggest others, let us know in the comments section below.

1- Standard: E3 B3 E4

2- Open B: F3# B3 D4#

3- Guitar tuning: G3 B3 E4 (bottom three strings of standard guitar)

4- Open G: G3 B3 D4 or some prefer G3 D4 G4 (power chord)

5- Fifths: E3 B3 F4# (intervals between strings are perfect 5ths)


To add these custom tunings on your Roadie Tuner, follow the steps:

1- If you haven’t already done so, create a custom instrument for your Cigar Box Guitar.

2- In your Roadie Tuner app go to Tunings -> Cigarbox guitar -> 3 strings -> Create New Tuning.

3- Add the strings as noted above. For instance, Open B is composed of the pitches F3# B3 D4#.

4- Hit Save, give your tuning a name.

5- Hit Sync and the new tuning will be saved on your Roadie ready to be used anytime.


Hat tip for Puckett Cigar Box Guitar for sharing those wonderful tunings with us along with the most common chords in each. Follow this link check out Del’s video.

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