How To Put Strings On a Acoustic Guitar

How To Put Strings On an Acoustic Guitar

How To Put Strings On a Acoustic Guitar.  In this article we are going to look at basic guitar maintenance.  One crucial part of basic guitar maintenance is changing your strings.  Better not to wait until they break. Sometimes changing your guitar string can help the guitar not sound so dull.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY GUITAR STRINGS?

If you are a very regular guitarist, like playing for a few hours a day, I would say you should change them at least once every two months.  This could help the guitar sound better or can prevent a guitar string breakage while you on stage.

GUITAR PARTS – HOW TO PUT STRINGS ON A ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Guitar Parts

Guitar Parts

GETTING STARTED – HOW TO PUT STRINGS ON A ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Changing your guitar strings can be a little frustrating, but we have worked out the most easy way that should help making this easier.

WHAT TOOLS WILL I NEED? – HOW TO PUT STRINGS ON A ACOUSTIC GUITAR

You will need a string cutter, a string winder and a flat surface.

STRING WINDER

THE GUITAR STRINGS

Getting yourself guitar strings should be an easy task, almost any store will have them in stock.  If they not available in your location you can always purchase them online.  It would be better for you to try purchase a lighter size of guitar string, it is just easier to play and better on the fingers.

Most guitar strings are purchased with the full six strings in the package.  The six strings are also normally packaged separately with in the package and would be all the guitar strings you normally use on a six string guitar.

The guitar strings go from thickest to skinniest strings which does make it easy for us to add as they all there.  Most packaging will tell you at the back what each string is used for.

STEP 1 – HOW TO PUT STRINGS ON A ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Loosen all the guitar strings at the top with the tuning pegs.  Make sure all six strings are fully loosened.  Then pull each string out by the guitar pegs.  Be careful with the top of the guitar strings as they can easily stick you in the eye or scratch you and give you a little cut.

STEP 2

Depending on what guitar you have you can slide the bottom of the strings out or pull the little pegs of the bridge at the bottom of the guitar.  Be careful with the strings and dispose of them in a safe place.

STEP 3

Take the E string out of the packaging to put on the top of the guitar as show in picture below:

How To Put Strings On a Acoustic Guitar

Please be careful when taking this string out and undoing it as it sometimes can pop up and unravel in your eyes.  The chord is ravelled up in itself so will come out very quickly when undoing it.

STEP 4

If your guitar has a peg do this.  Once the E string has unravelled put the end of the string in where the guitar pegs would go.  Take the little peg and push the string in between the grooves of the peg and push it in until fully in.

Slots at the bottom.  If the guitar has little slots at the bottom you will need to push the top of the string through the little holes.  Push them through the end of the string it firm in.

Make sure there are no kinks in the string, always make sure it is straight.  The same process is done with all the strings.

Step 5

Once all the strings are on it is time to go to the business side of the guitar. Place the guitar on the floor between your legs.  Grab the E string and lift it up towards to the head of the guitar.  Lift the string all the way until it slides into the slot at the top of the guitar.  Make sure to wrap the string on the inside of the tuning head around the tuning peg.

How To Put Strings On a Acoustic Guitar

Pull the string on the inside of the guitar head

Wrap the string once around and insert the end of the string into the hole.

How To Put Strings On a Acoustic Guitar

Put the end of the string into the hole.

Remember to put the top of the string on top of the wrapped around string so that the string underneath does not come up.  Pull the string through, make sure there are no kinks as that will become brittle and break.  Do the same for all the other strings.

THINNER STRINGS

For the thinner strings please wrap the string around the tuning head a few more times.

How To Put Strings On a Acoustic Guitar

Wrap the string around towards the other tuning pegs

On the other side make sure to wrap the guitar string that it goes from the inside to the outer area towards the tuning pegs.  With the thinner strings make sure to wrap them around more, maybe three times or so.  If any kinks come out be sure to take the string out and try it again.

THIN E STRING

With the thin E string you will need to take extra caution as it is the most fiddly.  This string requires you to wrap around even more, maybe four times or so.  Hold the string down with your nail and push it through the hole just like the other strings.  Remember to push the string through on top of the other wrapped string.

STEP 6

How To Put Strings On a Acoustic Guitar

Grab your string winder and wind in the same way so that the chords tightens up.  Hold down the other string with your other hand while winding them up.  Don’t clip the rest of the string off until they all tightened properly.  Tighten is up until you start to hear and feel tension on the string.  Do the same with all your other strings.  After all the string have been tightened please cut off the string right at the tuner peg.  String that is too long can be dangerous and can cut you.  Be very careful.

STEP 7

After you have added the strings you will need to tune it in.  You can use the guitar tuna app that will do a great job.  Simply download the APP from the play store and tune the strings in.  Tuning in the string is a very easy task.  Simply go to the guitar tuner section of the APP.  Put your cellphone on your guitar and pick each string until the APP says that each string is in tune.

GUITAR TUNA APP

The Guitar Tuna is an awesome APP.  You can do things like tune in your guitar, read up on other guitar chords and more. The APP also has games that can guide you in learning new guitar chords.  This APP is the best all round guitar APP and I do recommend it for any beginner guitarist.

IN CONCLUSION – HOW TO PUT STRINGS ON A ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Go through the above seven steps to add your guitar strings.  Changing guitar strings is a very important task to be able to do for any guitarist.  You will need to learn this as you cannot rely on another person to do this for you.  I hope this article was useful to you and would love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment below and let me know how your guitar changing experience was – I would love to hear from you 🙂