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    Default Alternate tunings?

    I wanna mess around with cdga on my octave but I'm not sure how to get there or how much tension which strings can take. I know I need to capo at the second fret right?
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    Default Re: Alternate tunings?

    errhhh... supposing you mean CGDA, capo the 5th fret and you're there. Winding up a 4th without a capo would require lighter strings.
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    Default Re: Alternate tunings?

    Another possibility is to replace the G,D and A pairs but across one place, removing the high Es, then add in a new pair of low C strings. This would give you an octave below what Bertram is suggesting. For the low C pair you could try a pair of standard guitar D strings tuned to C. If your instrument takes loop-ended strings then you would need to find loop-ended guitar strings or remove the ball from the ends of the two guitar strings. Bertram's suggestion is much less trouble to try out and gives you mandola (viola equivalent) tuning.
    Let us know what you find if you try this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChelseaOctave View Post
    I wanna mess around with cdga on my octave but I'm not sure how to get there or how much tension which strings can take. I know I need to capo at the second fret right?
    I have a tenor guitar, and have used CGDA tuning (standard mandola tuning) as well as Octave mando tuning. Never have had a problem with either. String tension doesn't seem to be all that much different, and neither is the fretting.

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    Default Re: Alternate tunings?

    Hi Chels,

    The scale length of your Gold Tone OM 800+ is in tenor guitar range. Standard tenor tuning is CGDA.

    Here is a recommended set for 22.5" CGDA:
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    I use these gauges regularly as I tend to break 10s.

    You can also use off the self D'Addarrio EJ66s:
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    Best of luck,
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    Exclamation Re: Alternate tunings?

    Old post, Aug-09-2015, repeated topic,

    By The Way .. (Mandolin)

    I just got an Email Reply from Mr. Muldaur, after asking about his 'Minglewood Blues' tuning.

    from the bottom G / C / G / C,E (the top 2 split)

    so, Root 4th & 6th .. C, F & A


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