Putting new strings on a guitar can dramatically change the sound. If the strings are old you won’t be getting the most out of your instrument. Restringing your guitar can be a trial and error process, it will be awkward and difficult at first but the more you do it, the easier it will become. Here are a few simple steps to get you started.

Removing Old Strings

Before you but your new strings on, you’ll have to remove the old ones! Loosen the string tension by turning the tuning keys. Remove the bridge pin and pull the string from the pin. Repeat this for all strings.

Putting On New Strings

The most important thing is that you place the strings in the correct order on the guitar so pay attention to which string is which when removing them from the packaging.

Lie your guitar down on a flat surface to make restringing that little bit easier. Start with the E string, which is the thickest one and place the end of it in the groove of the peg. Push the peg and the string into its corresponding hole and then give it a gentle pull to make sure that it’s securely fixed.

Pull the string through the hole in the tuning key, leaving some slack on the string to allow for a maximum of 3 windings.

Hold the string down on the groove and begin to slowly tighten it using the tuning key. Turn the top three strings counter clockwise and the remaining three clockwise.

Repeat all of the above for each remaining string then, when finished, clip the ends of the steel strings with a cutter.

You will need to retune your guitar once your new strings are in place. New strings will go out of tune easily for the first few days but once properly stretched out they will be perfect.

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