If you’ve had your guitar for a while you may notice that it is beginning to sound out of tune. This may be an indicator that it is time for you to remove your guitar and string it again with new and fresh strings that sound much better when you play. Even if you aren’t using your guitar, you should replace the old strings with new ones once a month as they get worn out over time. Below are the steps you should take in order to string your guitar.
You will need:
- Wire cutters
- String winder
Loosen the Strings
Loosening your strings makes them easier to cut and get off. You should loosen them to the point that they no longer make any sound.
Cut the Strings
Using the wire cutters you have gathered you need to cut the now loosened strings from around the soundhole.
Remove the Strings
Electric and acoustic guitar are very different so this step will need to be approached differently for each guitar. If you are working on an electric guitar you should be able to simply remove the strings from the bridge saddles.
It is a little more complicated to remove the strings of an acoustic guitar because you need to remove the bridge pins first. Luckily many string winders have a notch that catches the pins which makes it easier to pull them out and move onto the next step. Once you’ve removed the ball end of the string, you have to unwind the other half of the strings which are attached to the headstock. Do this carefully because the tips of the strings are very sharp and could easily cause injury.
Important: Before you move onto actually stringing your guitar with the new strings you want to be sure that you know exactly where you intend to put the strings and that you are going to place them in the correct order. If you are unsure or nervous you’re going to make a mistake, it may be beneficial to draw out the strings and label them in the correct order as a reminder when you are stringing the guitar.
Thread the Strings
Start by stringing the low E string, then A, D, and so on for the rest of the strings. Once you get it threaded through the tuning peg the rest of the winding should be quite easy, Try winding the strings so that it wraps itself below the initial or main part of the string. Using a string winder makes this process much easier.
Stretch and Tune
You can tune each string and play now that you’ve restrung your guitar but fresh new strings need time to stretch, Tugging at the strings gently helps to speed up the process so you can be back to playing in no time. If you don’t stretch them out and let them settle they may go out of tune almost immediately and you will have to get new strings and repeat the process over again.
Well, you made it. Your guitar sounds new and is ready to play beautiful melodies or withstand lessons you are taking. You should repeat this process every month or when your strings begin to sound out of tune. Taking extra care of your guitar when it needs it will help it last for a lifetime.