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Replacing Guitar Strings

How to change guitar strings properly

Remove your old set of strings. Some say it's better not to remove all the strings at once, but to do so one at a time, always replacing an old string with a new one. If you remove all strings at once the loss of tension might cause your guitar neck to warp. You need never have this problem though. Guitars are made without strings and a luthier will always remove an old set of strings when doing repairs. See Here for a Welcome to StewMac! For over 40 years they've supplied the world's instrument makers and repair shops from Athens, Ohio. They offer the widest selection of innovative luthier tools, parts, books and videos available, all backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

Polish the guitar and oil the fretboard. This is a good time to do it, since there are no strings to get in your way. Use a guitar polish for the guitar body and linseed, olive or walnut oil for the fretboard.

Secure the 6th string to the bridge or tail piece of the guitar. How this needs to be done depends on what type of guitar you have, but is usually straightforward. On most acoustic guitars you need to remove a peg to change the string (use pliers to do so).

Acoustic guitar strings

Align the tuning peg with the nut slot, then put the string through the hole of the tuning peg and keep about 2" (5cm) left between the string and the fretboard. Now you have enough string left to make 2 or 3 windings, which is sufficient. Excessive winding may cause the strings to slip.

Replacing guitar strings

Bend the string and put it underneath itself.

How to string a guitar

Bend the string upward and turn the tuner in a clockwise direction, until the string has the right pitch (use a guitar tuner or tuning fork) . Make the windings go down from the top.

How to change guitar strings

Now pull the string at it's midway point so it is stretched. Tune it again and stretch it some more, until the string doesn't go out of tune anymore.

Cut the leftover string with a wire cutter or a toenail clipper.

Repeat for the other 5 strings.

 
 





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