Restringing your acoustic guitar

Guitar strings matter a lot in the sound and feel of an acoustic guitar. That’s precisely why it’s a must for every guitar owner to learn the art of being precise in guitar restringing.

Why do people usually restring?

Some guitarists restring because the string must’ve been used for a long time, and is either cut or in a bad state.

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On the other hand, some guitar owners also opt for buying lower-priced guitars that have a good build but cheaper strings and wood material. In this case, a guitarist can still save money by buying a guitar on a low-price range, and just restring it entirely with top-quality strings that could make a lot of difference in sound, playability, and resonance.

Now let’s get started, what’s the first step in guitar restringing?

Nope, don’t loosen any strings yet! If you aren’t, get familiar with your guitar’s parts first. On the far end of the guitar’s neck lies the machine heads, and tuning pins are. This is called the headstock. The headstock holds tuning pins, the pins where strings are spun around. The machine heads are the ones used to turn these tuning pins. The fretboard on the other hand, is also called the neck. It connects the guitar’s body to the headstock. There are pins that hold the strings down on the main body of the guitar, these are called bridge pins.

Now that you know these, you’ll need a wire cutter (scissors and other cutters may suffice but a wire cutter would be best), pliers, a new set of strings, and your very own guitar.

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  • Now that all things are ready, the first step is to turn the machine heads for about 14x, or until each string is loose enough to be taken. Remove the strings attached to the guitar’s body too, by removing each bridge pin with pliers, and simply pulling the string out. Now the strings are all out!
  • At this point, we may open the new guitar strings. If you notice, there is a beaded end, that’s the side that goes to the bridge pins on the body. Strings may be attached in a varying order, but it is best to put it in the guitar according to thickness. Put the beaded side inside the bridge pin hole, put about an inch of the string inside. After doing so, you may now seal it with the bridge pin, whose grooved side should be facing the guitar’s neck.

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  • Extend the string until it reaches the tuning pins on the headstock. The number of turns on each tuning pin determines how secured your guitar’s tuning will be. More turns will equate to more tension required to make your guitar string out of tune. Before beginning to wind the strongs around each pin, ensure that all pinholes are rotated perpendicular to the neck of the guitar. Once established, put the string on and get ready to wind the string around. Note that the pins should turn counter clockwise for the lower three strings, and clockwise for the upper 3 strings. Keep the string tightly coiled for about three to four wraps. Do the same for the remaining strings, cut excess string off, and be ready for tuning your guitar.
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