Anyone should learn how to properly restring a guitar, regardless of whether you’re simply a beginner to the world of guitar playing or a professional with years of guitar playing experience under the belt. Learning how to restring a guitar properly will definitely save you a whole lot of time and money in the long run. A great many situations will arise when you are required to restring your guitar and you don’t want to end up with a situation where you stand to lose a lot if you fail to deliver.
What the ability to restring a guitar yourself means, is that you can easily fix a broken string without breaking a sweat and by so doing save yourself the costs of having to give your guitar to somebody else in order to get it fixed. If you’re ready to start restringing your guitar, these are some of the essentials which you will need:
• Pliers (needle nosed work best).
• New string.
• String winder.
• Polishing cloth (optional).
With these tools handy, you can get prepared for restringing your guitar. While some new players might find the first few times intimidating, you will surely get better at it the more you do it. The first thing you should do is properly remove the old string from your guitar. The first thing you need to do is remove the pin from the string at the bridge. At this point, you can unwind the string and remove it and just discard it.
You are now ready to apply the new string. You start this by threading the ball end through the bridge and securing it with the pin. Now you can bring the new string up to the neck of the guitar. Stringing tools (such as pliers) can help you get this stringed properly.
After this you should bend the string so that it can be held in place while you focus on tightening the tuning peg and getting it done properly. You can then utilize your pliers to get rid of the excess string and tune the new string just so it matches the others and sounds great.
If you’ve got a polishing cloth handy and you are prepared to remove the strings of your guitar, it’s a good time to polish your guitar and keep it in proper shape. You should remember that new quality string tends to play much better and last a lot longer as well. Cheap strings may do well in an emergency but you should be ready for frequent breakage especially when you least expect it.
As long as you always have your guitar restringing tools with you every time, you will always be ready in any situation that requires you to mend a broken string. A lot of professional and amateur guitarists usually find it very useful to keep some extra strings and change their guitar strings from time to time. Some professional guitarists even go as far as changing their guitar strings once a week in order to maintain the best sound quality as far as their guitars is concerned.