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How to Restring an Electric Guitar (Strat Style with Tremolo Bridge)

1) Removing the Old Strings

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

1) This is how to restring a guitar that has a tremelo bridge. We will assume here that you are changing the strings to the same gauge strings as are on the guitar. 2) Firstly it is easier if you remove the tremelo arm.

Careful, on some models, there may be a spring left in the hole.
3) We need to remove the old strings, so loosen the strings by turning the machine heads clockwise to make the strings slack and then remove the strings from the tuning pegs. 4) Be careful when removing the strings from the pegs as they can be quite twisted and can easily hook into your finger 5) Use a pair of wire cutters to snip off the curly end that was around the tuning peg, this will make passing it through the bridge easier.

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

 
6) Now push the old strings through the saddles of the bridge. If they are stuck, you may need to use a thin rod and follow the path of the string and gently push the ball out.
REMEMBER which hole the thickest string was in.
7) Once you have pushed the balls out of the bridge, turn the guitar over and gently pull the strings through the bridge.
REMEMBER which hole the thickest string was in.

NB. You may need to remove the plastic back plate.
 



2) Give the Guitar a Good Clean

 

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

1) Without the strings is 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. Follow the instructions on the bottle. 3) Make sure you clean both sides of the frets as this is where a lot of dirt builds up.
Once finished, wash your hands.
4) Now give your guitar a thorough dust and polish.
Only use cleaners that are recomended for guitars or you may damage the finish.
5) Remember to get into all the awkward to reach places.
A small paint brush is perfect for dusting inbetween the saddles.



3) Putting New Strings on an Electric Guitar with a Tremelo Bridge

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

1) Prepare your new strings so that you know which string goes where. Some strings have coloured ball ends if they are packaged together. Some strings may come in their own sleeve. 2) Take the thickest (E) string and push string through the hole that used to home the old thickest string. Turn over the guitar and feed the string through the saddle and pull it nearly all the way through. 3) Do the same with the remaining strings, gradually going from the thickest string to the thinnest string. 4) Once all 6 strings are in place, turn the guitar over and pull on each string so that the ball engages into the back of the bridge and can be pulled no further.  Take care not to kink the string. 5) Start with the thickest string. Draw it over the saddle and over the top nut to the machine heads
 

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar

6) Pass the string through the tuning peg (from the inside to the outside) and pull it some-what tight. 7) Pass the string around the back of the tuning peg and under itself. 8) Now fold the string over top of itself. 9) Turn the machine head anti clockwise to tighten the string.

We will tune the guitar once all the strings are in place.
10) Push the remainder of the string down.
 

Restring Acoustic Guitar 

Restring Acoustic Guitar

Restring Acoustic Guitar 

 
11) Now take a pair of wire cutters. Here we use the Planet Waves Pro Winder, which has a built in string winder, cutter and bridge pin puller. 12) Snip off the exess string. 13) Do the same for the remaining 5 strings, gradually working from the thickest to the thinnest.

Now you can tune the guitar.
 

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