How To Restring An Acoustic Guitar? ( Guide)
One of the most popular questions on almost every search box is how to restring acoustic guitar.
This is why I have chosen to address the topic by sharing a few tips on here.
Even though guitars vary by brands and design, most of the time, the same trick of restringing applies to all, but when exactly should you consider a guitar restring and how often should you restring your guitar?
If you break one string on your guitar, it might be a call for you to replace all and not just the broken one, as it could be an indicator that the strings are getting weak or loose.
Another vital sign that tells you when to restring your guitar is how the strings sound when you play if the sound has lost its brightness and is giving off a dull tone, then it’s time to make a change.
Furthermore, if it’s getting too difficult to tune your guitar, or the strings are beginning to look rusty and dark instead of the initial shiny strings it has, you might want to consider changing the strings.
Lastly, your frequency on the guitar will determine how often you need to change the strings.
If you are always playing every day, a monthly change of string may be necessary, but if you are an occasional player, once in a year is perfect.
No matter how expensive or classy your guitar maybe, have it at the back of your mind that the string(s) could go slack, break or lose its quality.
Whenever this happens, you would have to change the string to get back to your music.
To restring your acoustic guitar, you can do it yourself or get it done by a professional.
To restring your guitar by yourself is usually cheaper even though it could be tasking the first time; here are the things you’d need;
i. Some New Strings
ii. A String cutter/plier
iv. String Winder
v. A Napkin/Rag
As said earlier, restringing a guitar is very simple and direct but could be a difficult task for a newbie; therefore, these easy steps should guide you until you can do it on your own.
- 1 Get Some New Strings
- 2 Loosen The Strings And Remove From The Peg Holding The Strings Down
- 3 Removing The String From Your Tuner
- 4 Clean The Guitar Board
- 5 Fixing The New String Into Its Right Hole In The Bridge
- 6 Fix The Bridge Pin In Its Hole And Gently Pull Up On The String
- 7 Put In The Other End Of The String Via The Tuner Hole
- 8 With A String Winder You Should Start Winding The Tuner
- 9 Follow These Steps Over Again For Each String Until You Have Them All Stringed Up On The Guitar.
- 10 Tune The Guitar Until You Are Satisfied, And You Are Back To Playing On New Strings.
Get Some New Strings
You should know that new sets of strings will be needed for this task, but you have to carefully choose the new strings so that you don’t buy the wrong type for your guitar.
The gauge or thickness of the string you buy depends on your style of playing and the tone you want whenever you play.
Although lighter strings are much easier to bend and play, they give thinner tones, breaks easily, and very difficult to keep in tune.
On the other hand, a thick string sustains longer and gives volume to tones with a brighter sound but can be difficult to press down.
Loosen The Strings And Remove From The Peg Holding The Strings Down
This is achieved by turning the tuner in an anticlockwise direction. You can loosen the strings with a string winder and do it one string at a time.
Removing The String From Your Tuner
This is easy once you have wholly unwound the string.
You can then remove the bridge pin and pull out the strings.
This is done repeatedly until all strings are removed.
Clean The Guitar Board
Now that no strings are interfering, you might want to do a total cleanup of your guitar board, especially those unreachable nooks you couldn’t touch before.
Lemon oil is preferable for cleaning, but you can use any other available mild oils and wipe clean with a rag.
Fixing The New String Into Its Right Hole In The Bridge
Ensure the guitar is horizontally placed on the work board, and the guitar neck is facing the left.
It is advisable to start restringing from the hole closest to you (i.e., the Low “E” string).
Fix The Bridge Pin In Its Hole And Gently Pull Up On The String
To hold the string and bridge pin in place.
The bridge pin may have an initial lose feel, but as you tighten the string, it will get back in shape once you ensure the strings are pulled tight enough and not sagging inside the guitar
Put In The Other End Of The String Via The Tuner Hole
In a way that the string is facing away from the guitar.
Make it tight enough, but with enough sag to make a complete turn.
Then pull the string behind the tuner and then beneath the string to make sure that the string is locked in place once you start tightening.
With A String Winder You Should Start Winding The Tuner
until you can pull the string quickly leaving about 2-inch space between the string and guitar body.
The excess strings are then cut off from the tuner using a string cutter
Follow These Steps Over Again For Each String Until You Have Them All Stringed Up On The Guitar.
Be sure to confirm the string sizes you use and set them in order of their sizes.
Most times, especially for beginners, you can’t tell the sizes by looking, but the string sizes are written on the package.
Tune The Guitar Until You Are Satisfied, And You Are Back To Playing On New Strings.
Now that you are all set, you can also confirm that it is not so challenging to restring your guitar.
But if you still have doubts about how to restring acoustic guitar yourself, you might have to consider taking it to a professional.
But it doesn’t hurt to try it yourself with the short guide above.