How to Change Guitar Strings :- Beginner’s Guide

​Got no idea on how to change your guitar strings?

You have to eventually go through the phase of changing the guitar strings though you are a beginner or an experienced guitarist. 

Changing the strings might seem like a complicated process. However, it is quite a simple and straightforward process. The more often you do it, the more it gets easier.

We have posted a complete guide on how to change the guitar strings that help to make your process easier.

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You can find the exact procedure and detailed steps to change the guitar strings without causing harm to yourself and the guitar as well.

Below tools will make the process of changing the strings quicker and easier.

  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Peg Winder
  • Replacement strings

Even though it is possible to change the strings without the above tools, it might take much more effort and time. You might also run the risk of cutting your fingers with the sharp wire.

You can purchase the above-listed tools in any general merchandise store. To get the replacement strings, you can visit any music stores.

All you need to make sure is that you purchase the strings depending on your guitar type so that it can fit well.

Strings usually look similar in construction, but the sizes will be different, and it will not match with the original strings. So ensure you purchase the right one.

Now, let's get to know the details of how to change the strings.

Remove the broken strings:

Place the guitar on a flat and smooth surface to avoid scratches. To lose the broken strings from the tuning peg, use the pliers.

Grab the string and follow it along the other edge of it where it connects to the bridge of the guitar.

On the other end, you will find six white pegs that will be attached to the guitar body. You will need to pull out the peg of the broken strings using the pliers.

Once you remove the peg, you can easily pull out the other half of the broken string. Make a note that the other half of the string end will have a ball or ring-shaped end.

Replace the strings:

After removing the broken strings, bring the new strings which are correct for replacement.

Generally, the strings will come in a pack of six, and each string will have a different size. You can only find one replacement string in a pack for each string.

The strings will be arranged in order either from the largest diameter to the smallest diameter or from the smallest diameter to the largest diameter.

Once you pick the correct string, place it at the end that has a ring or ball-shaped edge where the peg is placed. Then insert the string within an inch of 1 - 1.5 into the hole.

It would help if you positioned the groove on the white peg so that it will face the string. Then insert the peg into the hole.

Make sure you don't insert the string end too far down so that the other end of the string is still held in place by friction.

When you are replacing the peg, the string end will often get caught on the bottom of the peg.

Finally, the peg will come out when you are tightening the string.

To avoid this, you need to place the string edge between the peg and the bridge body so that when you are tightening the string, the string end will become more wedged against the pin.

Connect string to Tuning peg:

Hold the free end of the new replacement string and tie it through the respective peg.

For suppose, if the pegs on the head of the guitar are placed in symmetrical order, then thread the new string so that it will be wrapped from the centre of the guitar head through the outside as the peg is tightened.

With this, you can ensure that the string will get loosen up from the side of the peg that is facing the centre of the guitar head.

If the tuning pegs of the guitar are placed all on one side, then the new string should be threaded so that it will remain as straight as possible when you are wrapping it around the peg.

This will eventually help the guitar tune more accurate.

After the new string is threaded in and from the correct direction, you need to check if there is enough slack in the string so that it can create several windings around the peg.

Before you begin to wind the string, you should have enough slack to pull it about six inches away from the guitar.

Once you have made sure that the correct amount of slack is there, and then bend the new string slightly so that it makes a 90-degree angle on the centre facing side of the tuning peg.

This will help the guitar to tune correctly.

Tighten the string:

Now, you need to insert the string via the tuning peg until the bend reaches the outward of the tuning peg.

Leave a minimal length on the side of the new string so that it can be attached to the guitar body and then, start turning the tuning key to tighten the string.

When you are tightening the string, make sure that the new string winds on the side of the tuning peg so that it will be as straight as possible.

You can make use of a peg winder to speed the process. All you have to do is to insert the peg winder over the tuning key and turn it like a music box crank.

Ensure that you are not overtightening the string using the peg winder. You can check the tightness of the string by playing a note.

If the note sound is not higher than the string next to it, then it is tightened correctly.

Lastly, you can remove the extra string using a pair of wire cutters. Make sure you cut the wire as close to the tuning peg.

Once you cut it, bend the remaining part of the string towards the guitar head using the pliers.

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  • Updated a couple of months ago
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