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Nov 25, 2022 - 6:33:44 PM
43 posts since 8/18/2009

How to tune my Dobro in open A ,like Bro Oswald

Nov 26, 2022 - 3:05:45 AM

174 posts since 11/9/2018

Same intervals as open G except up a step (two frets): AC#Eac#e.

Be sure to use lighter strings than the standard sets designed for open G.

Nov 26, 2022 - 4:18:59 AM

4240 posts since 7/27/2008

Oswald used different string gauges in his career, but after a time he apparently settled on the gauges listed below. 

It has been written that he tuned to Open A because Roy Acuff sang many songs in the key of A. For myself, unless I were in a situation like that, I don't have a good enough reason to take the G tuning set off the guitar and have to chase down the strings listed below. Do any of the string companies offer a dobro set with similar gauges, or would one have to put this together by purchasing individual strings?

.018 E

.018 C#

.022w A

.032w E

.042w C#

.042w A

Nov 26, 2022 - 5:13:30 AM

43 posts since 8/18/2009

quote:
Originally posted by MarkinSonoma

Oswald used different string gauges in his career, but after a time he apparently settled on the gauges listed below. 

It has been written that he tuned to Open A because Roy Acuff sang many songs in the key of A. For myself, unless I were in a situation like that, I don't have a good enough reason to take the G tuning set off the guitar and have to chase down the strings listed below. Do any of the string companies offer a dobro set with similar gauges, or would one have to put this together by purchasing individual strings?

.018 E

.018 C#

.022w A

.032w E

.042w C#

.042w A

 


Thanks for the information, yes I got them from Reverb & Strings & Beyond

Nov 26, 2022 - 5:22:04 AM

43 posts since 8/18/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Iceman6937

Same intervals as open G except up a step (two frets): AC#Eac#e.

Be sure to use lighter strings than the standard sets designed for open G.


Thanks for the Information, yes I got the strings from Reverb & Strings & Beyond. Two .018, One .022w, One .032w, & Two .O42w.  

Nov 26, 2022 - 7:17:30 AM

Dzyfyngrz

Canada

162 posts since 8/12/2010

Is it just me, or are those gauges just weird? Two sets a minor third and a major third apart with the same gauges? Certainly not because he was bending a lot behind the bar.

Nov 26, 2022 - 9:37:13 AM

14 posts since 1/18/2010

Os used a plain .22 for his third string.

He used to use a .52 for his 6th string but later switched to a .42 because it was easier for him to play because of his arthritis. 

Edited by - Chris Simpkins on 11/26/2022 09:38:42

Nov 26, 2022 - 11:35:43 AM

4240 posts since 7/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Simpkins

Os used a plain .22 for his third string.

He used to use a .52 for his 6th string but later switched to a .42 because it was easier for him to play because of his arthritis. 


Good catch on the 3rd string. I copied and pasted the gauges from an old post that didn't have the w's where needed, and mistakenly added one for the third string. One of the things I don't like about Resohangout is one has only a short time period to edit posts before it becomes etched in "cyber granite."
 

As far as the 6th string I have also read in the past that he earlier used a .056w which literally seemed like a stretch since that gauge makes for a very tight string tuned to G, and tuned up a whole step to A seems like an accident waiting to happen. I dunno, maybe you can do  that on a round neck Dobro like Oswald  played and it might slightly warp the neck without ruining it. 

Nov 28, 2022 - 1:33:14 PM

1382 posts since 1/14/2011

quote:
Originally posted by darrell7491

How to tune my Dobro in open A ,like Bro Oswald


Darrrell, I'm curious why you want to tune to A...the only reason I can figure is to be able to play fiddle tunes with open strings.

Nov 28, 2022 - 1:40:52 PM

wlgiii

USA

1372 posts since 9/28/2010

Another reason- I tune to E and A (low bass) because they suit my singing range and song selection better; but it's non-bluegrass, and on a tricone; the dobro's in high bass G

Nov 28, 2022 - 4:37:46 PM

43 posts since 8/18/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Oboe Cadobro
quote:
Originally posted by darrell7491

How to tune my Dobro in open A ,like Bro Oswald


Darrrell, I'm curious why you want to tune to A...the only reason I can figure is to be able to play fiddle tunes with open strings.


Search Bro Oswald and you will know. Thanks for asking

Nov 28, 2022 - 5:01:24 PM

1382 posts since 1/14/2011

quote:
Originally posted by darrell7491

Search Bro Oswald and you will know. Thanks for asking


quote:
Originally posted by MarkinSonoma

It has been written that he tuned to Open A because Roy Acuff sang many songs in the key of A.


I know about Oswald, not sure why you're being evasive. Are you saying that you play with a singer who sings in A?

Nov 28, 2022 - 5:05:25 PM
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43 posts since 8/18/2009

Sorry about I just love to play like Bro Oswald. Have a blessed day

Nov 29, 2022 - 4:44:09 PM
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daver

USA

757 posts since 9/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by darrell7491

... I just love to play like Bro Oswald...


You are not alone!

Nov 30, 2022 - 2:59:09 PM

wlgiii

USA

1372 posts since 9/28/2010

The playing like him is slow going, but getting the laugh down is coming along nicely.

Dec 4, 2022 - 9:46:27 AM

9 posts since 11/12/2022

quote:
Originally posted by darrell7491

Sorry about I just love to play like Bro Oswald. Have a blessed day


Yeah buddy, Brother Oswald could sure pull tone out of that dobro!  Love the music!

Dec 4, 2022 - 12:57:52 PM

43 posts since 8/18/2009

Yes he could I got a Model 27 just like Oswald. I just tune mine like his in key of open A ,changed strings 2 -18's uw, one 22 uw & 32 & 2-42's wound.Sounds just like Bro Oz. . Now if I could play like Oz. Thanks

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