Tunings & Gauges for Fretted Instruments

VARIOUS POPULAR TUNINGS


Tunings are given here from the bass string to the treble. Where there are higher pitched strings where you would usually find a lower string they are given in place. I also find it usful to use the terminology refering to eg. 5 courses, 10 strings. ie. 10 strings tuned in pairs. A ball end string can easily be converted to a loop by carefully cutting the brass ball out with wire snips. Compiled by Dave Benton, Pete McClelland and Chris Stanton.
INSTRUMENTTUNING Bass --> Treble
MANDOLINGDAE
Light34w22w1309
Medium36w24w1410
MANDOLA (TENOR)CGDA
Alvey Turner36w30w2013
Medium48w32w24w14
OCTAVE MANDOLAGDAE
Light44w30w20w12
Medium48w36w22w14
IRISH BOUZOUKIGGDDAAEE/DD
Light40w28w1611
Medium44w28w20w13
Fylde (octave tuned)48w/24w28w/1016/1610/10
GREEK BOUZOUKICcFfAADD
30w/1324w/1014/1411/11
CITTERNGGDDAAEEAA
GDADA46w36w171308
GCGCG/GDGDG44w34w24w1610
MANDOCELLOCCGGDDAA
74w48w3422w
5 STRING BANJOGC/DGBD
Light0920w131109
Medium1024w151310
JAZZ TENOR BANJOCGDA
Medium30w22w1410
IRISH TENOR BANJOGDAE
Light36w24w1612
Medium38w26w1812
PLECTRUM BANJOCGBD
Alternative Tuning:DGBE
Light22w181210
Medium24w20w1411
OUDGABEAD
Nylon Strung41w33w29w25w2924
LUTEDDFFGGCCFFAADDG
Nylon Strung
BALALAIKAEEA
01201108
UKELELEGCEA
Alternative Tuning:ADF#B
Nylon Strung28343224
BARITONE UKEDGBE
Nylon Strung35w30w3228
CUATROADF#B
Nylon Strung
CUATRO DE PUERTO RICOBEADG
CHARANGO (Chile)EAECG
DULCIMER (Ionian Mode)ADDD
Light20w1010
Medium22w1111
(Myxolydian Mode)DADD
Light30w18p10
Medium32w20p11
ACOUSTIC GUITAREADGBE
Extra Light47w39w30w23w1410
Light52w42w30w23w1511
Medium56w45w35w26w1713
12 STRING GUITAReEaAdDGGBBEE
Extra Light27w/47w18p/39w12/30w10/23w1410
Light30w/52w20p/42w14/30w10/23w1511
ELECTRIC GUITAREADGBE
Extra Light38w30w22w141108
Light42w32w24w161109
Medium46w36w26w171310
DOBRODBDGBD
Medium60w46w34w24p1814
BASS GUITAREADG
Extra Light95706040
Light100806545
Medium105857050
TENOR GUITAR - CGDAADGC
27w20w139
TENOR GUITAR - GDAEEADG
42w30w20w13
PORTUGUESE GITARRADABEAB/D
Sometimes tuned one tone lower30w20w18w120908
BANDURRIAAADDGGCCFFBbBb
Sometimes tuned a semitone lower36w32w22w20w1511
LAUDGGCCF#F#BBEEAA
TIPLEAadDdf#F#f#BB
22w/1015/34w/1512/26w/1210/10
HURDY GURDYChanterelles AABourdons AAGC
Viola AViola ACello GCello C
SYMPHONIEGCG
Alternative:GDG
SAZDAD
(There are many alternatives)