Directions for G tuning a resophonic Guitar or dobro.
The first thing to learn about your new dobro or resophonic guitar is how to tune it. Typical dobro tuning is “G tuning”.
Tuning a lap steel guitar or dobro to “G tuning”. Starting with the thickest or deepest string call it 6 then working toward the thinnest string 5,4,3,2, and 1 being the thinnest or highest pitched, of course.
Tune the open 6 string to the second G below middle C on a piano, or the third fret 6 string of a standard tuned guitar.
The fifth string is tuned to match the sixth when noted with the bar directly over the fourth fret of the sixth string. This is the pitch of B. The sound of the open fifth should match the sixth at the fourth fret.
Tuning the fourth string is done by matching the open fourth string to the fifth string when noted on the third fret. The pitch is D.
Tuning the third string is done by noting the fourth string at the fifth fret. This pitch is G.
Tuning the second string is done by noting the third string at the fourth fret. This pitch is B.
Tuning the first string is done by noting the second string at the third fret. This pitch is C.
Here it is in numbers you can see. 6 to G with source 6 string 4 fret 5 string 3 fret 4 string 5 fret 3 string 4 fret 2 string 3 fret 1 string open