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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 them to the same gauge as are currently on the guitar. 2) Firstly it is easier if you remove the tremolo arm.

Careful, on some models, there may be a spring left in the hole.
3) We need to remove the old ones, so loosen them by turning the machine heads clockwise to make them slack and then remove them from the tuning pegs. 4) Be careful when removing them 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 and gently push the ball out.
REMEMBER which hole the thickest one 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 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) 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 recommended 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 in-between 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 set so that you know which one goes where. Some sets have coloured ball ends if they are packaged together. Some may come in their own sleeve. 2) Take the thickest, the E, and push it through the hole that used to home the old thickest string. Turn over the guitar and feed it through the saddle and pull it nearly all the way through. 3) Do the same with the remainder, gradually going from the thickest  to the thinnest. 4) Once all 6 are in place, turn the guitar over and pull on each, so that the ball engages into the back of the bridge and can be pulled no further. 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 through the tuning peg (from the inside to the outside) and pull it fairly tight. 7) Pass around the back of the tuning peg and under itself. 8) Now fold it over top of itself. 9) Turn the machine head anti-clockwise to tighten.

We will tune the guitar once all 6 are in place.
10) Push the remainder of it 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 peg winder, cutter and bridge pin puller. 12) Snip off the excess. 13) 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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