For some people, changing strings is not as enjoyable as playing guitar. But if you’re a first-time guitar player, you should learn how to replace old, broken, or damaged strings. Guitar strings usually rust over time, leading to poor sound quality. To make your guitar easier to tune, you have to change strings every month.
Changing your guitar strings involves three easy steps:
1. Remove the old string.
For easier tuning, the first string you must replace is the thickest one (low E string). Loosen the string to be replaced until it is released from the tuning peg of your guitar. Remove the string from the bridge of the guitar.
2. Unwind the new string carefully.
Make sure that it doesn’t hit your eyes. Slide the string through the bridge and pull it. Pass the string’s end through the tuning peg. Wind the strings with the tuning head. While doing this, make sure that the tuning peg is turned away from you.
3. Tune the new string.
Use a tuner or a piano until it secures correctly on the nut. Repeat the three steps to replace the other strings.
After all the six strings have been changed and tuned, strum them a little hard and retune the guitar. Do this several times until the tuning becomes consistent. Use pliers or wire cutter to tighten the ends of the strings and to cut the extra ones.
Changing your guitar strings is easy. You just need to practice more to get the tuning right. The strings of your guitar have to be replaced at least every month or when they start to rust. Rusty or discolored strings make it hard for you to tune your guitar. So it’s recommended that you restring your guitar immediately as soon as signs of rusting appear.