Cigar Box Guitar Chord Forms for 3-string Open G “GDG”

Here are the chord form sheets for all of the common keys that you might want to play on your cigar box guitar. These are all for 3-string cigar box guitars tuned to Open G “GDG”.

This single post replaces the separate posts we used to have for all of these, to make it easier to find what you need. All of these sheets were created by C. B. Gitty and are presented for free personal and educational use. They are not to be used for commercial purposes without permission.

For help on how to make use of these chord forms, click this link to view the guide:

How to Read and Use Cigar Box Guitar Chord Forms PDF.

Click the images below to view the printable PDFs. The sheets are presented in musical order starting with A and proceeding through G.

A Chord Forms for Cigar Box Guitar PDF B-flat Cigar Box Guitar Chord Forms PDF B Chord Forms for Cigar Box Guitar PDF
C Chord Forms for Cigar Box Guitar PDF D Chord Forms for Cigar Box Guitar PDF Eb Chord Forms for Cigar Box Guitars PDF
E Chord Forms for Cigar Box Guitar F Chord Forms for Cigar Box Guitar PDF G Chord Forms for Cigar Box Guitar PDF

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10 thoughts on “Cigar Box Guitar Chord Forms for 3-string Open G “GDG””

  1. Thanks Geoff!

    Unfortunately we do not have a left-handed chart. The chords are the same, just reversed so you could use still use this one as reference.

  2. Hi

    Do you know where I can get a left handed chord chart, please? My three strings are tuned to gdg.

    Excellent resource page!

  3. What are the most common chords used on a cigbox.
    I have the power chords down. But what are the common , most used chords?
    Thanks much.
    kB

  4. There is a way, but it takes some stretching. Fminor is made up of F, A flat and C. This can be played in the first position if you fret the top (low G) string at the 5th fret, the middle (D) string at the third fret and the bottom (high G) string at the first fret. On a 25-inch scale this requires a pretty good stretch, but it is doable with some practice. An easier slightly cheating way to get an Fminor sound would be to barre the top and bottom strings at the first fret and then fret the middle string at the 3rd fret. This would give you Aflat | F | Aflat, which is Fminor without the C.

  5. Great site, so much info, Thank you! I have a question: is there a way of getting to the F minor chord without going to the 10th fret?Thanks again. Richard

  6. Hi thanks for your generous offer for the chord forms for the 3 string guitar.
    Can I print them out in a larger format?
    I can’t believe I have this gold mine of guitar playing. I have wanted to play forever but my fingers are short and stubby. Perhaps the three string is my dream cone true to play wild haunting blues, like John Campbell did before he passed away. I will do anything to get that haunting sound.

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