Change Acoustic Guitar Strings For Beginners – How To Do It
An acoustic guitar is a string musical instrument that a lot of people have found to be lovely and romantic gifts for their lovers. The feel of an acoustic guitar adds a sense of musical romance that many people have found very intriguing.
I would definitely make an acoustic guitar the next birthday present for my sweetheart. Trust me it’s worth it in the long term even though no-one can play it.
Now unfortunately sometimes one or more of the strings on your acoustic guitar can break or get dull sounding from age.
If this happens, then it is time to re-string or change the string on the guitar. Here is an easy to understand tutorial on how to re-string your acoustic guitar:
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Things You Might Need
- A String-winder ( With a Notch )
- New Guitar string
- Clean cloth
- Wire Cutter
This tutorial will cover 8 simple steps that will be so easy to master that you will feel like a professional before you know change acoustic guitar strings as a beginner. One thing i would advise, is to make sure you find a flat surface on which you can place your guitar.
Stay away from places with dust because dust can affect the vibration of air around the strings which dulls the sound. Place yourself in front of your acoustic guitar and follow these simple steps.
- Here we start by taking off the the string we intend to replace by loosening it on the post.
- The Post is found on the head-stock attach to a tuner.
- At the Head-stock of the guitar, there are different tuners. Find the tuner appropriate to the string you want to replace and turn it loose.
- You can use a string-winder to quicken the loosening of the string. Once the string is loosened, remove it from the post-hole.
- Now the other end of the string is usually attached to the bridge with a tapered bridge pin.
- Use the pliers or the String-winder with a notch to remove the tapered bridge pin and the string fully.
- Once the string is removed, use the clean cloth to wipe clean areas of the guitar covered by the string.
- Get the new string. Each new string has two ends; round ball-like end and the plain end.
- First, the rounded ball-like end of the string goes into into the bridge.
- Because the bridge pin is tapered with a grove at its end, it will tighten as you push it into the bridge with the rounded ball-like end of the string.
- Once the string is secured on the bridge end, connect the plain string end to the head-stock of the guitar at the post.
- Gently pass the plain end of the string through the hole on the post.
- Pass the string not all the way but leave some slack in the rest of the string.
- With time, you will know how much slack you can leave. so, do not worry.
- The goal is to have a minimum of 4 wins around the post once the string has tightened.
- Once the string in place through the hole, hold it in place with your finger tip.
- Begin tightening the string by turning the appropriate tuner on the head-stock.
- Each win of the string on the post must precede downwards towards the surface of the head-stock.
- You can use your hand or the the string-winder to wind the string.
- Keep tension of the string with one hand and wind with the other hand.
- Once the string mounted on the guitar it is important to stretch it out due the flexibility in every new guitar string.
- The extra flexibility in the new string affects the pitch produced by the string.
- Grab the string from the bridge end with your finger tips moving towards yourself and with the thumb push the string away from yourself.
- Repeat this process all along the whole string until the post.
- Recheck the pitch and tune the string. Repeat process until the right tune achieved.
- Trim the free end of the string with the wire cutter tight up against the post.
- Ensure to leave at least a quarter of the string remaining in order to prevent the string loosening out of the post hole.
- Use this same produce of eight steps with all of the stings or any other strings that you intend to replace.
A Few Tips
A lot of times people may decide to replace more than one string. So it is important to note that string 1, 2 and 3 are tuned on the other side of the head-stock. Therefore, strings are fed into the post in the opposite direction to the other strings; 4, 5 and 6.
If the guitar has all the tuners on the same side as the head-stock then this tip is not important.
Things to Consider
Replacing all six strings at once is not something I would recommend due to the fact that it can affect the tension created at the neck of the guitar. This tension is created but the resultant total tension in all the six strings.
Therefore, removing this tension all at once will affect the instrument. I tried this one time and it was not a pretty picture for me. The sound was too dull and the tuning was off. That cleared up after sometime but again you do not want to take that path.
The best method is replacing one string at a time and make sure you follow the same procedure as stated in the tutorial. This procedure has worked for me and also has got a lot of good reviews on how simple it is.
It is always good when you go out to buy new strings to ask for something light and easy to play. Always state you are a beginner so you can get some help. So, this is all my friends, congratulations, you have learnt how to change the acoustic guitar strings.