Replacing or restring a guitar, wow how many of you know or atleast have fair amount of idea on this ? I’m assuming if you are reading this article that mean you atleast might have seen technician at guitar store replacing strings on your or someone elses guitar now you would like to do it by yourself to save time, fuel and enerygy visiting the store, and yes it does makes sense and there is no rocket science required while restring a guitar, believe me i have replaced the strings on my guitar so many times now i have become master and know what and how to do it. So lets get started :).
TYPE OF GUITAR
So even before we get started you might have a question inside your head on whether we are talking about an Acoustic Guitar or an Electric guitar. I would like to clarify that this method works both the guitar, provided the guitar should be a 6 String guitar. Once you have read this article then you can replace the strings on your guitar by yourself.
The string gauge also matters, being a beginner you focus on buying light gauged strings, 0.009 – 0.045 mm. There are some leading string maker brands, I prefer D-Addario or Elixir(**Expensive, Recommended for professional players). This gauge was for acoustic guitar, if you’re buying strings for Electric Guitar then the gauge will be 0.009 – 0.042 mm.
STEPS TO RESTRING A GUITAR
You must have following before you proceed –
- Brand new string set
- String cutter
- Fret-board Oil Cleaner
- Cloth for wiping dust
1. Start the de-tuning procedure with heavier gauge, i.e. from thicker string to thinnest.
2. Distune the 6th String using tuning pegs until it loses the tension follow the same step with other 5 strings.
3. Remove the fixing pegs one by one using a Pliers.
4. Apply some fret-board oil over the guitar fret-board and clean the same using cloth and wipe the dust.
**DON’T USE WATER FOR CLEANING FRET-BOARD, USE OIL ONLY !!! (Water will damage the guitar and wood)
5. Post cleaning fret-board leave the guitar idle for 15-20 minutes.
6. Now take the heaviest gauge string – 6th string(E) and use fixing peg to fix the right end of string.
7. Insert the left end of 6th string in the hole of tuning post and use the tuning peg to wind the strings.
8. Repeat Step no. 6 and 7 for rest of the strings.
9. Once you have replaced all the strings then use string cutter to chop extra strings near tuning post.
10. Now you have to use guitar tuner to tune the strings to standard tuning – EADGBE.