Tuning and Gauge Guide

Standard Tuning Gauge (in) Tension (lbs)
C (wound) 0.074 30
G (wound) 0.048 27
D (wound) 0.034 32
A (plain) 0.022 29
E (plain) 0.012 22

Cittern Tuning Gauge (in) Tension (lbs)
G (wound) 0.048 27
D (wound) 0.034 32
A (wound) 0.022 29
D (plain) 0.014 23
A (plain) 0.009 21

Open D/G Tuning Gauge (in) Tension (lbs)
D (wound) 0.066 30
G (wound) 0.048 27
D (wound) 0.034 32
G (plain) 0.026 29
D (plain) 0.023 22

Guitar Intervals Gauge (in) Tension (lbs)
A (wound) 0.066 27
D (wound) 0.048 32
G (wound) 0.034 27
B (plain) 0.022 24
E (plain) 0.014 21

Stringing Notes:
These gauges represent a 'medium' set. You can safely string 0.002" to achieve either a light or heavy gauge set. 0.001" is the recommended range for the highest course.

The pitch for each string can be safely changed to within the interval of whole step in either direction while maintining reasonably close tension.

If more than two strings are raised without corresponding lowering on other courses, it is recommended that you lower the gauge if raising pitch, and vice-versa.

Maintaining tension greater than standard can result in damage to the instrument, and tuning significantly below standard tension may result in subpar tone.

Retuning may require adjustment to the truss rod and a new nut/saddle.

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