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How to Restring an Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic guitars have 6 strings.  Normally you will have 4 "wound" (more on this in a mo) bass strings and 2 plain treble ones (more on this in a mo too).

The bass ones need to be thicker to get the lower notes, this means they are made with a core wire and then an outer wire wrapped around this.  The outer wire is either made from 80/20 Bronze or Phosphor Bronze. These are called "wound" strings. For help choosing a new set, see our String Guide.

The trebles are made from a single strand of nickel plated steel and is referred to as "plain".

The windings of the wound bass ones get gunked up with dead skin cells, oil from your fingers, dust and lots of other yucky things (you may also find that your fingers smell funny after you have played) as you play.  This means that they no longer sound as bright and crisp as they do not vibrate evenly.

YOUR G, OR 3rd, is also the most prone to breaking (on an acoustic) as it has a tiny core and if this breaks, it is just another indication that they need changing.

Remember, when you change them, change all 6 at the same time so that you get an even tone.

Below you will find a step by step guide on how to change them on your acoustic guitar. Simply follow this guide and shortly you will have restrung your guitar.

If you need any help choosing a set for your acoustic guitar or need any more information when trying to fit them, feel free to call us on 0845 2222 603 and Guitarbitz will be happy to assist.

Good luck.

1) Removing the Old Strings

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

1) Firstly turn the machine heads clockwise to make them slack and then remove them from the tuning pegs. 2) At the bridge pin, push the end down into the body of the guitar. Do not worry if you can not move it as sometimes they can be tight. If so go to step 5. 3) You should be able to remove the bridge pins easily. You may need a Bridge Pin Puller if they are tight. 4) Now carefully remove the old strings from the holes. Remember which hole the thickest one was in. 5) Use the Bridge Pin Puller to lever out the bridge pins if they are very stiff.

Place the pins to one side.
2) Give the Guitar a Good Clean

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

1) Now a great time to get the polish out and give your guitar a thorough clean. 2) If you have some lemon oil, put this on a cloth and rub into the finger board to nourish the wood. 3) Make sure you clean both sides of the frets as this is where a lot of dirt builds up. 4) Now give your guitar a thorough polish.
3) Putting New Strings on an Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

1) With all the new strings, at the ball end make a 45° bend. This will help them stay in place. 2) Take the thickest one and push the ball through the relevant hole. 3) Take one of the bridge pins that you removed earlier. Note it has a slot cut in it, this should house the string and the slot should face toward the neck. 4) Push the bridge pin into the hole with the thickest string. Only use enough pressure to push it into place. Do not try to jam it in and do not use glue. 5) Do the same with the remaining ones, gradually going from the thickest  to the thinnest.
 

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

6) Once all them are in place, gently pull on each one to make sure the ball is at the bottom of the bridge pin. 7) Start with the thickest, and draw it over the saddle and over the top nut to the machine heads 8) Pass the end through the tuning peg (from the inside to the outside) and pull it fairly tight. 9) Pass the string around the back of the tuning peg and under itself. 10) Now fold the end over top of itself.
 

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

11) Turn the machine head anti-clockwise to tighten slightly.

We will tune the guitar once all them are in place.
12) Push the remainder of the end down. 13) Now take a pair of wire cutters. Here we use the Planet Waves Pro Winder, which has a built in peg winder, cutter and bridge pin puller. 14) Snip off the excess length. 15) Do the same for the remaining 5, gradually working from the thickest to the thinnest.

Now you can tune the guitar.

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