How to Replace Electric Guitar Strings

Hi everyone! Today I will be showing you how to replace the strings on a standard, 6-string electric guitar. Strat, tele, les paul, this will work for whatever configuration you may have. Please comment if you have any questions.

For materials, you will just need a set of electric guitar strings containing gauges 42, 32, 24, 16, 11, and 9. (

These are the ones I use: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/EB2223--er... ). And for tools you will need:

-a pair of wire cutters

-a peg winder (https://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/music-...)

-tuning device or method of tuning.

Step 1: Cut the Low-E String

Loosen the low-E string, and snip with wire cutters (my guitar is left handed, so it will look backwards in photos. Cut the low-E string on your guitar wherever it may be).

Step 2: Pull Out Half From Behind the Bridge

Pull one half of the string out from behind the bridge.

Step 3: Remove the Other Half

Unwind the other half of the string from the tuner.

Step 4: Feeding in the New String

Take the 42 gauge string and feed it in from behind the bridge, with the ringed end going in last (this ring will keep the string from being pulled through).

Step 5: Connecting the String to the Tuner

Feed the non-ringed end into the tuner (make sure the string is in the notch). Use the peg winder to turn the tuner while applying firm pressure upward from the middle of the string. The wind should be about 3 turns, tight, and with no overlapping turns.

Step 6: Repeat With Other 5 Strings

Repeat steps 1 through 5 with the other 5 strings, with the 32 gauge string going on the D string, 24 gauge on the G string, et catera.

Step 7: Stretching the Strings

Before we tune the guitar, we need to stretch out the strings to be able to tension them properly. Hold down the third fret on the low-E string, and pull on the string upward from the pickups with firm, consistent pressure. Repeat this step, but instead hold the 5th, 7th, and then 12th frets. This will stretch out the string and allow the guitar to stay in tune

Step 8: Repeat

Repeat this stretching process with the other five strings.

Step 9: Tune Your Guitar.

Tune your guitar using any method you like. I ear-tune, but you can use any system you prefer. I recommend tuning multiple times during your first one or two playing sessions, because the strings will still stretch a little bit while you're playing.

Step 10: You're Done!

You now know how to replace the strings on your electric guitar. Please post any questions or confusion in the comments.

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    seamster

    4 weeks ago

    This is good info, thanks!
    Some of your photos are oriented either upside-down or sideways, which has a dizzying effect on readers - if you wanted to edit and re-upload rotated versions, I think that would improve your presentation substantially. Otherwise this is a very good first instructable! : )

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    ncfacteau1198seamster

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Thank you for your response. I will change it in a flash!