Texas Guitar Company's How to Restring A Guitar

by Kyle Williams on April 01, 2023

Restringing a guitar can seem like a daunting task, especially if you are new to playing the instrument. However, with a little bit of patience and practice, restringing your guitar can become a routine task that takes only a few minutes. In this blog post, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of restringing your guitar.

  1. Remove the old strings The first step in restringing your guitar is to remove the old strings. Start by loosening the tuning pegs at the headstock, and then unwind the strings from the tuning pegs. Once the strings are loose, remove them from the guitar’s bridge. You can use wire cutters to cut the strings close to the bridge to make it easier to remove them.

  2. Clean the guitar Before installing new strings, take the opportunity to clean your guitar. Use a soft cloth or microfiber cloth to wipe down the fretboard and body of the guitar. This will help to remove any dirt, dust, or sweat that may have accumulated on the instrument.

  3. Install the new strings Now that the old strings have been removed and the guitar is clean, it is time to install the new strings. Begin by inserting the ball end of the string into the corresponding hole in the guitar’s bridge. Pull the string taut and wrap it around the tuning peg. Make sure that the string is seated firmly in the nut slot and that there are no kinks or twists in the string.

  4. Tune the guitar Once all of the strings have been installed, it is time to tune the guitar. Begin by tuning the thickest string (the low E) to the correct pitch. Then, tune the rest of the strings, working your way from the thickest string to the thinnest (the high E). Use a tuner to ensure that each string is in tune.

  5. Stretch the strings After tuning the guitar, it is important to stretch the strings. This will help to ensure that the guitar stays in tune and that the strings do not slip. To stretch the strings, gently pull up on each string about an inch or two above the fretboard. Repeat this process for each string, and then retune the guitar.

  6. Trim the excess string Finally, use wire cutters to trim the excess string from each tuning peg. Be careful not to cut the string too close to the tuning peg, as this can cause the string to slip and become loose.

Congratulations, you have successfully restrung your guitar! With a little bit of practice, you will be able to restring your guitar quickly and easily. Remember, taking good care of your guitar and replacing the strings regularly will help to keep your instrument sounding great and playing well for years to come.