How to Change Acoustic Guitar Strings for Beginners?

One of the tasks you often find yourself doing as a guitarist is changing the acoustic guitar strings. The process of changing the guitar strings under budget is actually quite straight forward and simple. However, you’d need to get yourself some tools to make the process quicker.

Here are a few steps that you can follow.

The tools that you need are;

  1. A pair of wire cutters
  2. Pliers
  3. Peg winder

Yes, it is possible to change guitar strings without tools but the tools make the process easier for you. Changing the string might be harder without tools and you might also cut or poke your fingers while doing so.

Why it’s Necessary to Installing New Strings on Guitar?

Once you have successfully removed the broken string now you can retrieve the new strings that you got for your guitar. These strings come in a pack of six. Each string is of different size and has only one position on your guitar. This means that in a pack of six you will have only one string that will replace the broken string. You need to select the correct string for replacement. For that, you can consult the packaging of the strings or you can go by the sizing. Strings are mostly arranged from the largest to the smallest diameter on the guitar.

After selecting the correct string, now you need to fix it. Place the end with the ring or ball-shaped into the hole where the peg went. Make sure to only insert 1-1.5 inches.

Next, you need to align the groove that is on the white peg so that it is facing the string. Then insert the peg into the hole, though don’t insert it too far down otherwise the string will get caught at the bottom of the peg and come out when it is tightened up.  The string must be wedged between the peg and bridge body otherwise it would not remain in its place.

Why Should I Change My Guitar Strings?

The first thing that you need before you can begin replacing the strings is to find the correct strings for your guitar. You can easily purchase them from general music stores. If you have an acoustic guitar then make sure to buy acoustic guitar strings that look fairy similar but are actually different in size and construction.

After buying the right strings, you can begin with the process of changing guitar strings even if you are a beginner.

Make sure to lay the guitar flat over a soft surface where it might not get damaged or scratched.

Use pliers to loosen the broken wire from the tuning peg and follow the broken string up to where it connects with the bridge of your guitar. You will six white pegs that go into the body of the guitar, pull out the peg of the broken string using the pliers.

Once you have finally removed the peg, you can easily remove the other half of the broken string which would have a ball-shaped or a ring-shaped end.

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Now go for the free end of the string and thread it. If the pegs on your guitar are symmetrical then thread it in a manner where it wraps around the center of the guitar to the outside once the peg is tightened. In this case, the string with unwinding from the side of the peg which it towards the center of the head. Though if your guitar has tuning pegs at one side then the threading should be as straight as possible to help the guitar tone more accurately.

After threading, check for tightness. There should be enough slack in the string in order to make windings, around the peg before tightening. You should at least be able to pull the string six inches away before you start winding.

Now that you have the correct amount of slack, you can bend the string up to a right angle on the center that is facing the tuning peg. This will help with the accuracy of tuning.

Keep inserting the string through the tuning peg until your right-angled bend successfully reaches the surface of the tuning peg. Make sure that your string unwinds onto the side that keeps the strings straight.  Keep a slight tension on the side of the replacement string and start turning the tuning key.

Your replacement string will start coiling on the tuning peg over the threaded hole. The remaining coil would be under the threaded hole. You can use the peg winder to make this process faster. Since inserting it over the tuning key and turn it. Keep tightening until you are able to make a note with your string when it is plucked. Be patient with the tightening; do not over tighten the string. A peg winder can tighten the string faster than you think, so make sure you keep checking periodically while winding otherwise you might break the string. To maintain uniformity, make sure that the note produced by the replacement string is not higher than the string next to it.

Now take a pair of wire cutters and you can simply cut off the remainder of the string from the tuning peg. Be extra careful while cutting, you cut should be as close to the tuning beg as possible but at the same time, it should not scratch or damage the guitar.

The remainder stub of the cut off wire can simply be bent downwards using pliers towards the head of the guitar.

Finally, you have completed replacing a string you can have a good looking guitar.

Now all you need to do is to tune it. This process may take some time and a lot of retuning before your string stretches to its final length. This isn’t very hard if it’s done right. The process to restring an acoustic guitar is fairly easy once you get the hang of it.

How to Change Acoustic Guitar Strings Without Tools?

  • Set the string to the bridge without moving and fasten it to the bridge of your guitar.
  • Lace the string over the correct spot on the nut
  • Measure the string keeping it flat against the neck
  • Use fingers to measure past the head of the peg and mark it at about three or four finger width
  • Fold the string at the measured sport keeping it at a 90-degree angle
  • Run the tip of the string into the hole of the tuner.
  • Set the fold in the hole of the tuner and make a second bend on its opposite side at the head of the guitar
  • Start winding counter clockwise and tighten until the string is neatly down the tuner’s peg
  • Check for looseness of tightness
  • Cut off the excess length and tune your guitar. This is the only time you’d need a tool.

What You’ll Need!

While it is possible to change acoustic guitar strings without tools, it is still better to use tools for your own safety. This doesn’t mean that you need to buy yourself some unnecessarily expensive tools. Even simple tools can do the job for you. Though if you ever find yourself in a scenario where you don’t have any of these tools, then you can easily handle it without going through much trouble.

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