Stupid Question?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Uncle Daddy, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    It's just occurred to me that I don't know why we have 2 E strings on a regular guitar. Anyone care to enlighten me?

    Best answer wins a cookie.
     
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  2. rockape

    rockape Gretschie

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    Aug 12, 2009
    Dorset, UK
    Easy! Extra sustain of course!

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  3. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Based on the role of guitar pre modern era, it has always been a rhythm instrument, and was designed to play chords - unlike most other instruments other than piano. Given that we have only 4 fingers available for fretting, having 2 of the same note means that most of the time, you will be able to have a 5-note chord, rather than just 4.

    That's just a guess. I don't really know the history of guitars and how they might have evolved from lutes.
     
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  4. dilver

    dilver Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2009
    NJ
    'Cause that's how you spell GEETAR
     
  5. StJohn

    StJohn Country Gent

    Jun 5, 2008
    North Louisiana
    string instruments were tuned in fifths like violins, but when the guitar was created, it's scale was too large to easily accomadate that tuning, so they decided on straight fourths, except the B string. If everything stayed in 4ths, you'd have an F for the high E, which would cause problems with several chords. So, early guitarists decided to drop that string to a 3rd interval, giving the B and E on the high strings. Basically, given the guitar's scale, it makes it easier to play both chords and scales.
     
  6. This is why I like the mandolin. It has two of 4 different strings
     
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  7. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

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    A 12 string has four. 8 whole notes per octave, there'll obviously be repetition. Nature of music.

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  8. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Country Gent

    Jul 5, 2014
    SE QLD
    ....'cause one's high and one's low....? Short-bus cookie for me thanks.
     
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  9. TW4990

    TW4990 Gretschie

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    Aug 20, 2016
    Sydney Australia
    Cause it would look silly with an empty space at the bottom. Tabs wouldn't make much sense if that sixth string wasn't there.
    No truth is,that who ever invented guitar strings messed up and made six strings. So then all guitars had to be changed so that you didn't have to throw that extra string away.
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  10. TW4990

    TW4990 Gretschie

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    Aug 20, 2016
    Sydney Australia
    I knew you would get that Rob. Being an Aussie
    We just look at the world differently I think.
     
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  11. russmack

    russmack Country Gent

    May 1, 2017
    ballina australia
    As usual, I have a stupid question.

    What exactly, does BUMP mean?

    Russ
     
  12. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    There is?
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  13. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    The answer, as was stated earlier is ergonomics.

    Bump means that this entry will put the discussion near the top of the list in the hope that others will partake in the discussion.


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  14. Byron

    Byron Country Gent

    Sep 4, 2009
    uk
    Great question uncle!...and thanks for sending the tweed pedal, it's worked out fine. I'm sure the EADGBE is something that would have evolved and there were other variations until this became the most popular. But it's funny how alternative tunings seem to prefer that octave interval.
    And....just spent a couple of weeks fooling around with the top E missing like Keef. It does have some advantages but I think I'm too old to adapt! Wonder when he started that?
     
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  15. Axeman

    Axeman Gretschie

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    Apr 25, 2014
    Ottawa
    Cause two G strings just feels weird.
     
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  16. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    I think around 1969.


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  17. Byron

    Byron Country Gent

    Sep 4, 2009
    uk
    Wonder how Keith played a Johnny B Good with no top string? Will have to investigate
     
  18. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Country Gent

    Jul 5, 2014
    SE QLD
    ...stoned...
     
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  19. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
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    :D:D:D
     
  20. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    I much prefer an automatic transmission to a stick shift. I only have 2 feet so why have 3 pedals! The same applies to guitars. Why have more strings than finger?
     
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