If you play guitar, being able to replace strings is absolutely essential. If you don’t know how to do that, I have a helpful guide for you. This guide generally assumes you’re working with an electric guitar. Acoustics work a little differently, and this will be addressed.
- Buy a new pack of strings.
It doesn’t matter whether or not your guitar already has a broken string. You can’t restring a guitar without strings. (If your guitar is acoustic, make sure you’re getting the right kind of strings for your guitar. Nylon strings should only be used for classical guitars.)
2. Find a reason to restring your guitar.
People have different reasons for restringing a guitar. Generally, it’s because a string broke. Sometimes, the strings on the guitar are really old and don’t sound so good anymore. Both reasons are valid. Whether or not you restring just one string or all of them is irrelevant in this tutorial.
3. Break a string.
You can’t restring a guitar without breaking the strings that are already on it. Whether you used wire cutters to cut the string yourself, or it snapped while you were playing, this is the first step in the actual restringing process.
4. Pull the string out.
How easy this will be depends on how you broke it. If you snapped it with a wire cutter, it should be pretty easy to pull out of the tuner. If it broke on its own, you may have to fight with the string hole. (If you’re using an acoustic, take out the appropriate bridge pin first.)
5. Locate the appropriate string from the string pack.
You could also pick a different string and have a weird guitar, which is fine, but for the most part you’ll be better off just finding the appropriate string.
6. Find the end with the ball, and the end without.
Stick it through the appropriate bridge hole so that the ball is at the end and the other end is at the headstock.
7. Put the string through the tuner.
8. Tune it.
It doesn’t have to be the right note, but the string should at least be stable.
9. Cut the string sticking out of the tuner.
It is a poking hazard.
10. Wash, rinse, repeat, if you so desire.
…and that’s it! Ideally, this should at least help you restring your guitar. Happy tuning!