01 Mar Changing Strings on your guitar
Changing Guitar Strings
you change your guitar strings? The sound produced by guitar strings arouses
the audience and at the same time raises the confidence level of the guitar
player. But when the strings start to sound dull, tarnish or break, neither the
guitarist nor the audience is pleased with the sound. There is, therefore, the
need to replace them if the quality sound is to be maintained. The challenge
here is knowing the exact time to change the strings. Below is a guide on when
to change your guitar strings.
to consider here is about the period used to tune your guitar. Over time you
will know the normal time that it takes you to tune your guitar for effective
performance. If for no other reason you have a difficult time than the usual in
getting the guitar tuned then you have to consider changing the strings.
quality of sound also influences changing guitar strings. You know your normal
tone for your instrument. If consistently your guitar tone sounds
“flat” then it is a great wake up call to change the strings.
the color of your strings also determines string change. A good sign here is
when your strings begin to discolor and rust. These are clear signs that the
strings are aging and becoming weak. At this stage, the sound might not be the
same as the strings were new and shining.
step in changing your guitar strings is selecting your new ones. To do this,
you need to know the sound that you want to be produced as well as what
thicknesses your guitar can handle without bowing the neck or raising the
bridge too much (if you have some floating bridge). For me, my electric and
acoustic guitars can both handle heavier strings. I use Elixir Nanoweb strings,
which keep their tone much longer than other brands. The Nanoweb coating has a
bit brighter tone color than the Polyweb coating does. I use Medium.011 gauge
strings for my electric and the Light-Medium.012 gauge for my acoustic.
the guitar strings, take off one string of your guitar. I usually start with
the low E-string, and simply loosen the string and then cut it with wire
cutters. Thread the new low E-string through the bridge and the hole in the
tuning peg. Leave a little inch of slack in the string before I start winding
the string up, enough for the string to wind around the tuning peg 2 to 3 times
by the time the string has been tuned up to its correct pitch. Once the string
is tuned, pull the string firmly up off the fretboard. This pre-stretches the
string, so it doesn’t stretch as much while playing it. Re-tune the string and
stretch again, just to make sure. Then cut the excess string off the tuning
peg, unless you want to leave it on there for effect.
this step for each string, but only do one string at a time to keep the neck
tension balanced. You will want to play the guitar for awhile before any major
performances so the string gets completely stretched out and will not go flat
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