The skill of changing strings on an electric guitar is crucial to any guitarist.
Electric guitars need to be changed strings frequently to enhance their useMost players do so every 3-4 monthsElectric guitars come in two forms; solid-bodied and semi-acoustic guitars.
Check the condition of your guitar. When your strings become rusty or start falling out, you need to do away with them from your guitar. Imagine you have a big performance coming up but the strings of your guitar are just pathetic. Take up the role and prepare your instrument to the best.
How to String an Electric Guitar Properly
- First, take note of the path of each string you are about to remove- you can achieve this by taking a photo of the strings or looking for a picture online of your type of guitar. This will help you to restring your guitar correctly.
- Down-tune the old strings to loosen them- rotate the peg or the tuning machine to loosen each of the guitar strings. Pull the string out carefully. You can reuse a string in the scenario where the new string breaks. You know you are loosening by plucking and the string sounds deeper.
- Take away the strings from the bridge- this step should be done with a lot of care to protect your guitar. It is done by pulling the strings out of the body of your guitar. Use a small donut-shaped metal end to grab and pull the strings out. Never yank your strings out.
- Clean your guitar- using a lint-free cloth, get away with the dust, dirt, and grime from your unstrung guitar. To make the cleaning effective, purchase a bottle of fret-cleaner. This makes your instrument look good and also protects the new strings you will place.
- Start the role of stringing your guitar by buying new quality strings. Purchasing the correct strings for your instrument. With the guidance of your music store staff, buy a set of strings that suits your need. Most of the time, the best strings are the regular ones. In cases where you use drop tunings like drop D, you might require heavier strings.
- At a comfortable height, lay down your guitar flat on a soft surface- find a spacious room where you can properly work on your instrument. You should always put a blanket or a towel underneath to prevent the guitar from scratches. It also keeps the guitar from slipping off when doing the work.
- Turn the hole of the tuning post so that it faces you- the hole needs to point away from the string to be parallel to that one of the frets. The hole should be pointing up if you get hold of the guitar and play it.
- Run through the bridge into the tuning peg your first string-most guitarist begin with the heaviest string that is top E. Slide the string in the opposite way you got hold of the other strings. Then, run it through the hole in the tuning peg and pull it away from the guitar. To prevent taut, leave 2-3 inches slack during threading.
- Get hold of the string on both sides of the peg and crimp it S-shaped- this is achieved by simply grabbing both sides tightly. Then, turn your hands clockwise to crimp the two sides along with the tuning post. As a result, your left hand will be pushing up while the right hand will be coming in your direction.
- Place the string rightfully by wrapping the end of the string around the other half- grab the end of the string and pull it to the side being fed into the tuning post. Then, bring back the end over the top and pull it tightly toward the very tip of the guitar. Through this, you generate a loop with the string’s end around the rest of it.
- Gently hold down the string as you slowly tighten it- put your index finger on the string 1-2 inches before it contacts the tuning peg. Rotate your tuner carefully counter-clockwise and ensure that your string is winding around the peg uniformly. A tuner can help you create the proper tension.
- Using the same process, place the other strings- once you have done the first string, the rest are easy to place. All you need is to carefully follow the steps one by one.
- Cut off the end of the strings- use a wire cutter to get rid of the excess strings at the end. If you want deeper tunings, you may leave behind 1/2 inch of the string.
- Once the strings are on, tune your guitar frequently- for the first 1-2 days, the strings will slowly stretch to get used to the tension. To avoid this later on, frequently and constantly tune as you put the strings on.