Just a few days ago, one of my guitar strings broke off, after some Google searches, I noted that there are very rare good guitar string-changing tutorials.
So here, I'm gonna teach you guys, how to change guitar strings, step by step.
New pack of guitar strings
First, if your string snapped off, take off the excess strings out carefully.
Unwind the rest of the strings, doesn't matter how much, just make sure it can be lifted at least 2CM off the fret boards.
2CM off the frets, this way, just in case any more strings were to snap off by itself, you won't get hurt, and you won't damage the guitar.
Use a plier and carefully pull out the pins, you wouldn't want to cause any damage to the wood.
Once you're done, it should look like this, remember to do it slowly, you wouldn't want to break the pins inside.
Take out all the strings
Tie them in a knot, just for easy disposal.
A tip for all aspiring guitarists in the world, always ALWAYS, get new sets of strings, do not buy single strings, it's just from my own experiences, reasons are very simple,
it's more costly
You wouldn't know when the rest of the strings will snap, ruining your show
For years I've been using Elixir guitar strings, there are one of the most expensive ones, costing 3 to 4 times the price of any other guitar strings, but, you do get what you pay for, quality.
They last me for up to 2years before any one of the strings finally snaps, they don't seem to rust throughout my usage.
My guitar and fingers are pretty seasoned with gauge 11, do take note of the numbers when buying new sets of strings.
Upon unboxing, you would see 6 smaller packs of new single strings.
I always start off with the thickest low-E string, because it's easier.
Insert the bottom of the string(the ring) together with the pin into the bridge, and push gently with your thumb.
Next, insert the other end of the low-E string to the first tuning head, I usually use my index finger as shown, to measure how much is needed to tighten it.
At the other end, I would "lock" it in by twisting, pulling back the string a little to make sure it's tight, and start turning the tuning head anti-clockwise.
You should get a spiral like this.
After it's tightened and tuned, you should get a super neat spiral
Many other guitarists likes to do this, using a plier to cut off the excess of the strings, I don't do that, because no matter how you do it, it will still stick out, causing accidental pains if you ever need to hold or rest your guitar by the guitar neck towards you.
Instead, I have a better method, I twist the cables till they snap, right at the tiny corners where no pliers can reach.
This way, it is even neater, and allows you to slide your hand across the tuning heads if you want to, without hurting yourself.
Do this for the rest of the strings, and remember to use a tuner.
New strings, oh yes, I did all this while wearing only my underwear.
Optional: guitar string polish, some kinda fancy oils.
Slide against as much surfaces of the strings, smoothens and protects your strings from particles in the air.
Acoustic guitar strings typically require a day or two to get seasoned and accurately tuned, once you're done, you can start playing!
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