Introduction: Re-string an Acoustic Guitar, 6 Easy Steps With Video Clips

When strings on a guitar get old they lose the warm, bright sound that new strings provide. If you find yourself re-tuning your guitar often, it is a good indicator that you need to change your strings since old strings don't stay in tune very long.

This instructable will show you how to restring an acoustic guitar in 6 easy-to-follow steps.

After getting the required Materials needed to restring your guitar then you just follow the steps.
These steps are as follows:

• Remove string

• Clean

• Insert new string

• Attach string


• Repeat

• Tune strings



I have also added a few clips in the Tune Strings section for those people that don't have a guitar tuner handy.

Step 1: Materials

Gather your Materials

The Materials you will need to change your strings are:

•  Acoustic Guitar strings

• Needle nose pliers

• Wire cutters

Guitar tuner (not required, but helpful)

• Cloth

Step 2: Remove String

Remove the string from the guitar.

• Loosen a string by turning the tuning knob.

   • Unhook it from the nut once it is very loose.

     • Straighten the wire using the needle nose pliers

       • Pull the string out of the tuner post.

          • Pull the string out of the bridge.

Step 3: Clean

Wipe off the fretboard  and any other places that are normally covered by the string.

When all the strings are on, you never have a chance to clean the dust that builds up in those places.

It keeps your guitar clean and looking good.

Step 4: Insert New String

Insert the new string onto the guitar.

   • Look at the chart and determine which string to use.

         •  Push String into the back side of Bridge.

         •  Use needle nose pliers to grab tip of string out of bridge.

   •  Pull string all the way through until metal ball at the end is firmly pressed against the bridge.

Step 5: Attach String

Attach the string to the tuner post.

   •  Turn the tune knob till the tuner post hole is facing slightly away from the guitar.

       •  Slide the string through the tuner post hole.

           •  Leave around an inch of slack not pulled through.

               •  Wrap String around the tuner post away from the guitar.

           •  Wrap around and under the string to be used.

       •  Immediately wrap end of string up and away from guitar.

   •  Turn tune knob to tighten string until almost you hear a clear tone.

Step 6: Repeat

Repeat Steps 2-5 for all of the other strings.

note:

     I take off one string at a time because that way only a little tension in the neck gets taken off  which saves a lot of tuning time.

    You won't have to re-tune it nearly as many times.

Step 7: Tune Strings

Tune your guitar strings to standard tuning.

You must know the order of notes from lowest to highest in standard tuning which is:    E A D G B E



        ----------------------------- Attached are video's to help tune your guitar. ------------------------------


Tuning with a Tuner - This shows you how to read a tuner and to adjust the tuning knobs based on what the tuner shows. 

Watch the video: Tuning with Tuner.

Generally,  you want the tuner to go to the middle.
    • Tighten the string or tune it higher if the red light on the left is on.
    • Loosen the string or tune it down if the red light on the right is on.
    • Adjust until you see the middle green light on.


Tuning without a tuner - This shows you how to tune your guitar without having a tuner.

Watch the video's:
    • Tuning low E
     • Tuning A
     
Tuning D
      
Tuning G
       
Tuning B
        
Tuning high E

It's not the easiest thing to tune a guitar without a tuner, but after some practice gets easier.

Starting with the low E string you need to:
    • Play the video clip on your speaker on repeat.
    • Strum the same string as the video you chose.
    • Keep adjusting the string until it sounds nearly the same.
    • Listen carefully for a wavy sound.
    • Adjust until you hear the wavy sound slow way down or disappear.
    • Repeat for all the other strings.




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