These instructions are general for replacing a broken or worn string on a guitar. These instructions are general guidelines and variations exist. With practice, personal preferences will develop and help make the process faster and unique to your instrument. The main variations in all guitars are seen in the way the tremlo is set up, mainly in the saddle and the bridge. The guitar pictured here is a Gibson Les Paul.
Step 1: Familiarize Yourself With the Guitar You Are Working With
Parts: Start at the bottom of the guitar:
Saddle: where the string rests and is held in place
Bridge: string is positioned and sits in its own slot to ensure adequate spacing among all the strings
Electric pickups: magnetic pickups that translate the strings vibration into the correct sound
Peg and tuner: At the head of the guitar, you will find the pegs and the tuners. The tuners are the six knobs on the ends of the pegs that, when turned, tighten or loosen the string. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with which pegs and tuners go with which strings.