Guitar players everywhere dread one thing: the time when the strings begin to deaden and hurt just a bit more to play. With the right tools and a little practice, changing strings can become less of a chore and more of something to look forward to.
Here’s a step by step guide to making stringing your guitar a breeze.
What you’ll need: bridge pin puller, wire cutters and new strings.
1. Slowly unwind the strings and remove the bridge pins. IMPORTANT: remember to keep the pins in order of which string the pin goes with. The string can pop out if the proper pin isn’t used, damaging the pin and undoing your hard work!
2. Use the bridge puller to remove the pins. Pliers and other tools aren’t meant for the job and can also damage your pins.
3. Put the string in the corresponding pin hole. Place the bridge pin in just enough to hold the string. Begin tightening the string. Once the string is fairly tight, push the pin flush and finish tightening.
4. Snip off the excess string on the end with the wire cutters. Be careful not to damage anything.
5. Now it’s time to tune your guitar. It can take up to a full day to stabilize as the strings adjust to their new tightness. Enjoy!
There are several ways to string a guitar and none of them are wrong. Brian Swerdfeger of Taylor Guitars prefers to snip the strings before he winds them around the posts. He snips them two inches behind the post. You can see more here.