Step 2: Remove the Bridge Pins

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Grab your wire cutters now. Gently grasp onto the base of the round part of the bridge pin. BE CAREFUL as they break easily...i've had bad experiences...i think they're pretty expensive too, especially for a teen like me.

Anyway, being careful to hold the pegs carefully, use the saddle to push down the handles of the wirecutters thereby raising the pegs up and out of the hole that they're in

do this for all of the pins and remove the strings while you're at it. be sure not to do it while the strings are still tense! BE CAREFUL!

think of it as what you'd do when using a crowbar.

be sure to avoid directly pulling it out if you can, they tend to break when you do that..and the wirecutters or pliers that you're using will dent the pins.

thanks to Laserage for this tip:
in the string winder, you might probably find a notch in the end that you can use to pull out the bridge pins and avoid breaking them! i didn't know what that notch in my spinner was until just now so thanks Laserage!
guitarfan4 years ago
hmm dude you can see on your string windner a smal semicircle hole on a side tha is made for that so you dont screw up your pegs they arnt that cheap lol
mrmerino5 years ago
maybe you should use needle nose pliers to put out the bridge pins instead of wire cutters?
atmcneil6 years ago
Most string winders have a notch that doubles as pin lifter, too.
csalzman7 years ago
If you don't have a string winder you can also use a pair of pliers but wrap the pins in a shirt or a sock first to prevent gouging. The pins themselves are pretty cheap (around $5-10 for plastic ones IIRC). Also, pushing more of the string into the guitar will loosen the tension between the pin and the string. It can be tough to do on the thinner strings, but works great for the lower ones.