How to Restring Your Guitar

As a guitar player, restringing your guitar is the most important thing to do after knowing how to tune your guitar. It is a necessity. There are many reasons as to why you should change your strings once in two-three months, depending upon the area you live in. Strings naturally oxidise and tarnish, due to moisture content, dirt or even sweat from your hands, resulting in dead sounding strings with literally no sustain. There are high chances that your strings might break. If your string hasn’t broken yet mid performance, changing
guitar strings can be a good idea before it gets too late. It is also a fresh feeling for the guitar itself.

1. First and foremost, get yourself a set of guitar strings. Find a flat surface with enough space to keep your guitar. Sometimes it is also a good idea to have some padding to protect it. Supporting the guitar's neck is also helpful while changing the strings. This keeps the guitar steady and in one place while you change strings.

2. Remove the strings. Unwind the string at the machine head or tuner, until it is fully unwound and pull the string from the hole. A string winder will surely speed up this process. Looking at where the string attaches to the bridge at the other, strings will be attached by a bridge pin. If it gets stuck, I’d recommend you to use one of the most dedicated tools such as the Planet Waves Guitar Pro Winder.

3. Giving your guitar some maintenance will also be helpful while changing your guitar strings like cleaning the fretboard and guitar body. For conditioning your fretboards, Lemon oil is perfect, but there are various guitar maintenance kits that are available.

4. Take your string out of its pack, and open it. Place the bridge pin loosely in its hole. Take the ball-end of the string, pull the bridge pin out of its hole slightly, put it into the hole. Push the bridge pin down, while pulling up on the string, ensuring that the ball end is properly seated against the bridge.

5. At the headstock, ensure the hole in the tuning post is facing the bridge. Thread the string upwards through the hole. Pull the string tight and then using your finger, placed between the string and edge of the fretboard, to add some additional string length.

6. While holding the string this way, take the excess string that is poking and wind it, from the outside inwards, around the post, threading it underneath the string on the other side, Pull this tight (still holding on to the slack), then wind the excess back in the other direction, this time over the top of the string, and again, pull tight. The guitar string should now be secure at the tuning post.

8. Hold the string close to the nut (where the headstock meets the fretboard), locating the string in its correct position, ensuring that there is tension in the string at the tuning post, and turn the tuner, and making sure that the string winds around the tuning post from the inside, outwards.

9. Tune to the desired pitch, and chop off the excess guitar strings at the tuning post, ideally with a string cutter (also included on the Planet Waves Guitar Pro Winder).

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