How To Re-String Your Guitar: Beginner Online Lesson (Basics)

How Do You String A Guitar?

Chances are if you’re reading this guide on how to change your guitar strings, you’re probably a beginner. Keep reading this lesson to learn how to re-string your guitar the right way. If you don’t learn the proper method, your guitar won’t stay in tune and your strings could break.

Things You’ll Need To Change Your Strings

1) Guitar Tuner – You’ll need to have a guitar tuner in order to tune your strings back up when you put the new ones on. If you don’t have a headstock tuner or any sort of tuner at all, you can always download an app on your smart phone for free.

2) String Winder –  This is optional, but it will make changing your strings a lot faster. If you have a few guitars, you definitely should have one of these around.

3) Guitar Strings – What gauge you prefer is up to you, but personally I prefer .09 (light) strings.

4) String Cutters- You’ll need some sort of tool to  remove the extra length of string after you change them. I use a pair of pliers.

This Youtube Video Will Guide You Through Re-stringing Your Guitar

 Step #1 – Remove The Big E String

Unwind the big e string and remove it. If you have an acoustic, you’ll probably need to remove the bridge pegs with a pair of pliers. If you have an electric, you just need to pull the string through the bridge.

Step #2 – Put A New String On

Set it through the nut, and wrap it around the tuner tightly around 3 times before you slide the string through the whole. This is important because it will keep your strings from slipping and falling out of tune as much. Tighten up the string and tune it to E .

After you’ve gotten the string to E, you want to stretch the string out with your fingers to make it stay in tune. Pull outward from the fretboard on the string and side to side all up and down the fretboard. Then re-tune the string to E.

Step # 3 – Changing The Remaining Strings

Alright, here’s another secret to keeping your guitar in tune when changing your strings. Now that we’ve done the big E string, we want to alternate to the bottom and remove the small E string. After we repeat steps #1 and #2 with that string, we alternate back to the top and do the A string next. After that, you would do the B string, and then the D string, and finally the G string. Changing your strings in this alternating process will keep the neck from losing too much tension at once and falling out of tune.

Step #4 – Cut The Extra String

The final step is to clip the remaining strings and disposing all of the old strings and the clippings properly. They are really sharp and could potentially poke your eye or a pet’s eye out.