Choosing the right strings for your cigar box guitar can present quite a puzzle for the beginning builder. Fortunately there are resources out there to help you make the right decisions. One great article on this very subject is posted over at CBGitty.com, entitled Choosing Strings for your Cigar Box Guitar. This article walks you through some of the key considerations related to choosing strings, and tunings, for your CBG, and it is a great place to get started if you aren’t sure what to do.
Speaking of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, they have a line of string sets specifically put together for cigar box guitars, ranging from 3-string to 4-string, acoustic and electric, with various tunings and options. Click here to go right to their CBG string category page. The most popular of these string sets they offer is the Acoustic Medium 3-String Cigar Box Guitar Strings – Open G/Standard Tuning which is a perfect set for your first 3-stringer.
As is often said though, the great thing about cigar box guitars is that there really aren’t any rules. You can experiment with different string sets, mix and match, pull strings out of standard 6-string guitar sets, make your own strings out of weed-wacker line… the options really are wide open.