Help - My Appalachian's tuning pins are not labeled.

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Help - My Appalachian's tuning pins are not labeled.

Postby Bob Lewis » Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:03 pm

The tuning of the strings, the notes assigned to each, or "note array", is quite standard, because the supply of strings is very limited. String size and intended note have to be coordinated. The "standard factory" tuning is as follows, certainly for the OS45 Appalachian, noting that the few "diatonic" and specialty models would be different:

#1 is the lowest, longest, and largest "bass" string. The number following the note is the octave number, as might be displayed on a tuner.

#-Note-Octave
1F2
2G2
3C3
4D3
5E3
6F3
7F#3
8G3
9A3
10A#3
11B3
12C4
13C#4
14D4
15D#4
16E4
17F4
18F#4
19G4
20G#4
21A4
22A#4
23B4
24C5
25C#5
26D5
27D#5
28E5
29F5
30F#5
31G5
32G#5
33A5
34A#5
35B5
36C6

For the chords used on the instruments, the A# actually functions only as a Bb. The choice was simply made to be consistent about treating notes as either sharps or flats. Some notes function as both depending upon which chord uses the string. The prime example is D# which is D# in the B7 chord and Eb in Eb, Ab, Cm, and F7 chords. Bb7 and Ab also have G# strings used as Ab, while serving as G# in the E7 chord.
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