Restringing a guitar can be a little bit tricky, especially if you have never done it before. It put a little video together that will explain all relevant details you need to know when it comes to putting new strings on a guitar.
Here is a step by step guide reminding you on the most important things when adding new guitar strings:
1. Remove the old strings from your guitar.
2. Clean your guitar. Since the strings are removed, this is a perfect opportunity to clean the fretboard and all those places it is usually hard to get to when the strings are on the instrument.
3. Put your guitar on a cushiony but not too soft surface. Like in my video, an ottoman or a sofa usually work very well. If you prefer working on a table or desk, make sure you put some towels under your guitar to avoid scratches or potential damages.
4. Take the strings out of the wrapping and lay them out in order. Depending on the brand and type, the strings might be wrapped individually which makes it easy. However, sometimes all six of them are bundled together or they are packed up in pairs. So give yourself a minute and make sure that you put them in the exact same order you are going to put them on your guitar.
5. Take the first string (I usually start with the low E string, but it doesn’t really matter) and hook it in (or tie it up) by the bridge. It all depends on the design and functionality of the bridge, but a lot of the newer guitars make this process fairly easy. For classical guitars, though, you will have to tie your strings on to the bridge. Below is a screenshot that explains the process.
6. Continue with the other strings and make sure that all of them are safely ‘installed’ on the bridge.
7. Now connect all the strings to their respective tuning keys as shown in the video.
8. Clip off the end but leave about 1” until the string has settled (a couple of days) after tuning and re-tuning.
New strings take time to settle, meaning you will probably have to re-tune them a couple of times until they hold the tone. Also, they sound a little bit different when they are brand new and it will take a few days of playing until the have ‘broken in’. I personally don’t like them when they’re brand new, the sound too ‘metallic’ to me, but after a while that goes away.
Restringing a guitar gets easier with practice. Again, make sure your strings are in order BEFORE you put them on the instrument. It happened to me more than once that I mixed up the B and G string which results in extra work.
If you have any questions around this, please use the contact form and I’d be more than happy to help out.