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On a double 3 stringer what size strings do you use and how do you tune it? Is each string an octative above the base string that it is paired with like on a normal 12 string? If so, does that mean that (counting from the bottom) strings 1 and 2 and 6 are all the same size and tuned to the same note?

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Comment by Randy S. Bretz on October 21, 2010 at 1:36pm
When I had my Olympia bass dulci it was a 6 stringer in 3 pairs, Tuned in open G [ GDG ] the string gauges were paired like this; [top] G- .027 wound,.042 wound / [middle] D- .012,.032 wound / [bottom] G- .010,.027 wound. Having the strings paired up like this made it sound just like a 12 string guitar...with more bass.
Comment by Dan Watts on October 21, 2010 at 3:01pm
Thanks for the info Randy, I knew somebody would offer good info...
Comment by The Phrygian Kid on October 21, 2010 at 5:28pm
i've done 3 of em. U can use a full set of guitar strings. If u look at the gauges randy listed there, its very close to a regular set, except he has .027 (a D string) twice, and he has not used a G string.

If the scale length is around a regular gitt length, we know a regular set can easily do open E, E,B,E,G#,B,E. So if we just detune the G (3rd) string to E instead of going up to G#, we have ur target, E,B,E,E (these two in unison) B,E. so string up with a regular set 6/3,5/2,4/1 and ur there. Mine go to G at a 600mm scale (23 inches) good luck :)


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