Regardless if you’re a new guitar player, a hobbyist, or someone who makes a living out of it, changing your guitar strings is inevitable. One way or another, you’ll find yourself doing it. This post made it easy for you with 6 simple steps to easily change your guitar strings.
Overtime, guitar strings may wear out, which means that the more that you use it, the more often it needs to be replaced. For those of you who are using their guitars on a regular basis, it needs to be replaced every other week, or once a month if you’re not actively using it.
For brand new guitars, should they be replaced immediately? Yes – while the guitar may be untouched, the strings may be old and maybe months old the moment that you’ve made your purchase. Replacing the strings make it easier to tune the guitar, and it is also one of the “trade secrets” every guitarist has to make sure that their guitar sounds awfully good at all times. Old and worn-out guitar strings tend to lose their elasticity over time, which in turn, affects how good it sounds.
Preparation: You’ll only need a pack of strings and a wire cutter. Sidewinders help with loosening the strings, but optional. Take into consideration the type of guitar that you have. Only use electrical strings for electric guitars and acoustic strings for acoustic guitars. Take into account that not all strings are created equal. They may also come in various gauges or sizes.
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Step 1: Start loosening the strings. While you can do this with your bare hands, but if you have a sidewinder, you can use it. Don’t worry if you don’t have it – many people typically use their hands during this process. Make sure that the strings are loose, up to the point that the strings can no longer produce any sound.
Step 2: Carefully cut the strings from the soundhole with your wire cutters. Make sure that there’s no tension in these strings to avoid the strings snapping out. Carefully hold one end of the string, and with the other hand, cut each string from the hole.
Step 3: Remove the strings from the guitar. The entire process may differ depending on the type of guitar you’re using. You can easily pull the strings for the majority of electric guitars.
If you have an acoustic guitar, on the other hand, you’ll see bridge pins at the bottom. Unwind them until you’re able to pull the strings out one by one. Be extra careful when handling these strings, especially the endpoints as they’re sharp.
Step 4: If this is your first time changing strings, don’t be overwhelmed. Check your strings and they’re labeled according to their gauge. Most of the time, these strings will come individually wrapped or packaged, making it easier for you to determine which string goes to which slot.
When you read the gauge, the thicker the string is, the higher the number is. The thinnest string you have there is your high E string, and go all the way up to the thickest – or you can do it the other way around, whichever your preference is.
Step 5: Now that you have determined which string goes where it’s time to attach them to your guitar. Remember how you removed the strings? Attaching it is basically the same, just do it in reverse. First, attach the strings to the bridge, and thread them all the way to the eye.
It may take a few tries if this is your first time, especially if your guitar doesn’t have a ball-end. Don’t worry though, it’s fairly easy to do this, but may require more time than those guitars that have ball-ends.
Step 6: Now that all strings are attached, it’s time to stretch those strings, and while you’re at it, you can start tuning them. Stretching the strings ensures that the guitar doesn’t get out of tune quick. Newer strings require a bit more stretching. Once it’s stretched, tuning it will be easier.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully removed and changed your guitar strings. It gets easier the more that you do it – so if this is your first time, don’t worry if you weren’t able to do this as fast as the others. You’ll get used to it in time.