When to Restring a Guitar?
For a long time, users never changed guitar strings. The idea was that the string could last forever because it has natural resilience to it. But in recent decades, electric guitars have been built specifically to play and sound their best when their strings are brand new. And so people are often confused when they see a used guitar at a thrift store or in an antique shop that is played by someone who doesn’t take this whole “stick with the same set of strings your guitar came with” thing seriously.
There are a few different reasons for this, but in the early days of electric guitars, guitar players would often play their instruments years on end as they became used to the sound and feel of a particular set. Even players with costly guitars will often play them for decades before needing to replace strings. But the problem is that steel strings are made differently than gut, so even if you’re used to playing a particular set of strings on your acoustic guitar, swapping those out for new ones can still cause considerable changes in tone and feel.
So this is why it’s essential to replace your strings if needed. But what if you don’t need to? Why should you replace them? Well, there are two main advantages to replacing your strings: first, it can extend the life of your guitar for a more extended period, which will save you money in the long run. And second, it will also let you play with your instrument in a way that might be impossible otherwise.
The Required Basic Tools.
- The first thing should be a sharp pair of wire cutters. Any old pair will not do. They must be freshly sharpened and extremely clean because you’ll be cutting through the strings quite a bit, and any dirt or grime will cause issues for you later on.
- You would need an old towel handy for wiping off the strings along with your fingers as well as your guitar neck after each string has been cut. This will reduce the amount of time spent cleaning the surface.
- A new pair of strings. Nut file, a small flathead screwdriver, and a string cutter.
Now that all of the tools are ready to go, it’s time to string. You first need to put some pressure on the top side of the guitar neck with your fingers and press down firmly onto the strings. If they’re in tune, they’ll stay in place without any issue while you work on other parts.
Now comes stringing. Pull out a string at a time until all seven have been pulled out and you’re ready for the next step. The next step is where many people mess up when attempting to restring an acoustic guitar. Pull each string through the guitar for about three inches before taking it out and tie one end to a tailpiece at the guitar base.
Once all seven strings have been tied off, you need to go back over each string and loosen it enough to slide into its respective hole on the headstock. Once this is complete, go back into your tailpiece and start doubling the knots so that they are snug. These will help ensure that all of your strings are in their proper place to play at their absolute best when you are ready to make your first chords.
Once your strings are ready for use, you can move on to the next set of steps. This next step will be trimming your excess string. You’ll want to measure out how much you’re going to cut off of each string. The main thing that you need to remember is that you’ll need a length about an inch longer than the guitar’s scale.
After all of the strings have been trimmed, I recommend putting on a new set of strings. This is because some people don’t like the feel of brand new strings, and they may feel more comfortable with some wear on them from playing it for a while after restringing it.
Once this is done, put on your new strings, tune them up (if necessary), and play! I recommend giving it some time before you start playing to adjust correctly and sound better than what it did before. Keep in mind do not leave any part considering it as an optional step.
Hopefully, your next time restringing an acoustic guitar will be much easier than it was before with the information We’ve given you. Stick with these tips, and you’ll be able to do it in no time.