Electric Guitar String

Do you know the proper way to change an electric guitar string? Both novice and experienced guitar players may find changing a string an unpleasant task. However, with a little practice and guidance, you can become an expert in no time.

  • For guitars with a floating bridge, you will need to first secure the bridge before making any adjustments to the strings. This is because the bridge itself is secured by string tension. By loosening the strings, you are also affecting the bridge.
  • If you will be changing multiple strings on your guitar, it is better to replace them individually. Although this may be more time consuming, it will help prevent any damage to the neck of the guitar.
  • In order to remove an electric guitar string, the first step is to begin down tuning. You can then either cut the string or remove it by hand.
  • Once the string is removed, gently insert the new string. To tighten the string accordingly, you need to turn the peg in the reverse direction as before.
  • You may want to pull upwards on the string to keep it secure around the peg. Make sure you have a good grip on the string before lifting up on it.
  • After the new electric guitar string is in place, you can begin tuning your guitar. Tuning a guitar will also become easier with practice. Your ear will become more trained in detecting the proper sound quality.
  • You should begin by first tuning the guitar string up. This will increase the tension of the string. Don’t worry if the string has too much tension, you can always loosen it and retune the string.

Many new guitarists fail to realize the importance of a properly tuned guitar. An electric guitar string that is out of tune can have a very negative effect on the sound. Often times an inexperienced guitarist may think his playing is terrible when the real culprit is actually an out of tune string.