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Postby simonsays » October 11th, 2008, 12:19 pm

I was wondering if anyone could suggest how Steve is stringing and tuning the 3 string guitar used in this clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNoPNC3ebYQ

I think its probably some sort of open tuning but cant quite work out which strings he's using

Many thanks

Simon
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Postby Fretsource » October 11th, 2008, 2:03 pm

Found this on Wikipedia:
"The Three String Trance Wonder
This is a normal guitar, but with only three strings. It has an old Harmony pickup added (with duct tape) and is played tuned to G, G and B using an E string in the A position, a D in the G position and a G in the B position."
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Postby simonsays » October 11th, 2008, 2:36 pm

Thanks for that, never occured to me to do a search on google.
He might only use 3 strings but he makes great music!

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Postby tinsmith » October 11th, 2008, 5:36 pm

Sounded like A or G to me..

He did a great job entertaining.
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Postby SlickCat » October 12th, 2008, 3:55 pm

Here is Seasick Steve with a 1 string Diddley Bow....
Dont need no fancy gear to play the blues.............. :wink: :note1: :note2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMf-em-5 ... re=related
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Postby jwindol » January 18th, 2010, 5:10 pm

G. He's playing basically in G. He's using an A string where his D goes, an E where his A goes and no G and a solid steel B. He tunes in what would be a G. I got an old Strat that I tune in G and remove the 6th for a five string. Gets the same effect but you can go on with out changing guitars. ( the 6th is just a redundant anyway and I don't feel like feeling around to mute it.) Comes in handy on Ry Cooder's and Kieth Richards' (same thing really) material too. Remember to go for the small amp on Steve's stuff so you can really crank the distortion up in it. One of his trademars is that raw edge.
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