Replace Your Electric Guitar Strings
Alexander Avdeev, Eng
Hello, dear VisiHow viewers! This is Alex. Guitar strings are prone to breaking and collecting dust over time. Sometimes, you might require to replace a string or several strings on a guitar. To do so, you must know the gauge of the set installed on the guitar and the gauge of the new set. If they differ, then you might need serious modifications such as filing or filling the grooves at the nut or at the bridge. Let us assume that the new string set matches the previous one.
For the tutorial, a 7-string set is picked
We dispose of the first string in the set to use on the six-string guitar because we ought to match the previous thickness (or gauge) of the strings. The set is "Ernie Ball 7-string Regular Slinky".
We should open the package
There will be strings labelled
0.056 (the 6th string);
0.046 (the 5th string);
0.036 (the 4th string);
0.026 (the 3rd string);
0.017 (the 2nd string);
0.013 (the 1st string).
We check the guitar configuration
We might have a guitar with a fixed bridge and a headstock where all of the pins and pegs are on one side.
Let us replace the 6th string
We turn the turning pegs on the peghead in the direction to loosen the string.
We pull the coils off and take the end of the string out
We straighten the string
We have to push the string out of the bridge
We push it out of the back of the body until you see the ball.
We pull the whole string out
We unpack the 6th string and straighten it out
We direct the string must into the corresponding hole
The end of the string that has no ball should come in first. The string should go through the bridge.
We stretch the string across the fretboard
We put the string into the groove and direct it under any metal parts at the headstock (if there are any)
We make 2-3 windings around the pin counterclockwise
We put the end of the string into the hole
We turn the peghead tuner counterclockwise to tighten the string
As we do it, we keep all the coils under the poking end and the string in the bridge and nut grooves.
We repeat the same for all the other strings if needed
It is recommended to replace the strings in the following order: 6,1,5,2,4, and 3.
We might have a guitar with a floating bridge and a peghead with three tuning pegs on each side
In this case, we do the following: we turn the peghead tuner (for example, of the 5th string) to loosen the string.
We push the end of the string out and pull the coils off
With a hex key, we remove the locking nut that holds the 5th and 6th strings
We straighten the string
We push it out of the bridge and check if the ball end can come out
If not, we might want to use the whammy bar to lift the whole bridge and pull the string out. In this case this is not required.
We push the string into the tube end of the bridge
We might need a whammy bar again.
We pull the string through the hole and across the neck
We put the string into the groove of the nut
The string must rest at the bottom of the groove with no gaps below the string. If the nut has a gap, we either find a smaller gauge of the string or file the groove.
We turn the string around the pin 2-3 times
We pull the end of the string above the coils through the hole
We place the removed nut back, but we do not tighten its screw
We tighten the string to our desired tuning
We lock the replaced string by using the hex key at the locking nut
We might have a guitar with no strings
In this video, a guitar has all of its strings removed. Then, it is recommended to replace the strings in the following order: 3,4,2,5,1, and 6.
We locate the corresponding hole on the back of the guitar and put in the end of the string
The string will go through the body.
We pull the string through the bridge
We put the string in the nut grooves and under any metal parts at the headstock
In this case, the 3rd string is the upper row of pins on the peghead if we look at the guitar above with the headstock facing left
We make several clockwise windings around the pin. 2-3 windings are enough.
We pull the end of the string through the hole
We tighten the string by turning the tuning peg on the peghead
Now, we unpack the 4th string
The 4th string goes into the lower row and into the leftmost pin
We may wind the peg counterclockwise or clockwise. In this video, it is winded counterclockwise.
The 2nd string goes into the upper row and into the middle pin
The 5th string goes into the lower row and into the middle pin
We may choose to wind it counterclockwise.
The 1st string goes into the upper row and into the right pin
The 6th string goes into the lower row and into the right pin
That is it! Your guitar should shine and resound with new strings! Please leave your comments in the section below. Thank you for watching VisiHow!
Video: Replace Your Electric Guitar Strings
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