An electric guitarist always loves to keep his exciting device up-to-date. He changes or sets up new strings more frequently than an acoustic or classical guitar. Because electric guitar’s strings get errors faster unless one buys new sets. If you have an electric guitar, you should know how to string an electric guitar perfectly.
Let’s get into the core topic. It will assist you in setting up the new strings whether you do it monthly or half-yearly. It would help if you had a few things to complete the job.
Note: As the process of stringing electric guitar is a hard task for beginner and risky too. That’s why we do suggest to take help from an expert. Don’t hurry. Rather we would suggest buying a backup guitar at affordable price. You can read a review of 5 affordable guitars from the blog article by Musical Instru on best electric guitar under 300.
What You Need:
Things you need are easy to get at the market. These are:
- Fresh or Newly Brought Strings
- Suitable Strings Cutter
- Soft-bristled paintbrush
- Tuner for tuning
- Screwdriver (flat-headed)
Steps to Follow:
Old Strings Removal:
Suppose you have an old electric guitar or bought a new one. In case you want to install new strings, you may need to remove the old set of strings. It’s not necessary to buy a new one if you’re going to reuse the old set. I suggest you use a new set unless old strings have got rust, falling out quickly.
How to do:
- It’s not pretty hard to remove or detach the old strings. You can cut them with strings cutter or unwind them with the flat-headed screwdriver. First, you need to keep notes of every string if you are a newbie to tuning the guitar. Taking a picture can help you a lot.
- Now, down-tune to loosen the strings. Loosen only one string at a time to do it without any harm to the guitar. Do the same thing to rest of the strings. Unwind the loosen strings off the tuning pegs.
- Then free them from the neck of the guitar. In some guitar, you can easily pull strings out of the back (ex. Fender Strat). It would be best if you grabbed the strings from the metal end (donut-like). Then pull them one by one slowly through the guitar.
Clean the Guitar: Now, you have removed the previously used or installed metal strings. The dirty guitar will make new strings dirty, faster and vulnerable to probable errors. Take for cleaning or small paintbrush having soft bristle and clean the whole compartment of the guitar. Take care of the fretboard by rubbing some lemon oil.
Installing new strings:
Purchase good quality strings for your musical device. The quality string will provide you quality sound and It is true for every device – Ukulele or Guitar. Lightweight but sturdy strings will require less restringing. For drop tunings, you can choose heavier strings.
How to do:
- First, you need to lay the guitar flat on any soft surface. It can be your bed or the couch or any clean area. Put a towel or blanket under the guitar for added safety.
- Turn all the holes of every tuning post faced towards you. It will help you install strings in a parallel way.
- Then, unwind the new set of the string and make them ready to string up. Thread the specific string through the bridge and into the tuning peg. Remember to do this from the inner part of the guitar.
- Commonly, many electric guitarists follow the same thing. They string the heavier or thicker string first. You can do it in the same way.
- Now, slide the heavier string in the opposite path which you took the other strings out. Then run this string through the tuning peg’s hole. Pull it away from the guitar to string appropriately. Leave a couple of inches (2/3) of slack.
- This time, you need to hold the string on each side of the peg. Then, crimp the string in “S” shape.
- It would help if you locked the string in the correct place. Creating a loop is the way to do so. So, wrap the end of it around the other half. Then pull it under another side of the same string. Then bring the same end back over the top side and pull it towards the edge of the guitar.
- Hold one string with a minimal amount of pressure and start tightening it slowly. Do the same thing with all the strings.
- Bring the tuner to prepare the strings with proper tension. Do not try to tighten the strings heavily. Because heavy tension can tear or damage the strings soon.
- You can cut the unnecessary end of the strings with the cutter. Some musicians love to keep them.
Thus, you can string any electric guitar without any hassle. Just follow the instructions. You have to be careful in each step. Putting much pressure on the strings can make you look for new strings. Don’t keep your guitar dirty. Try to tune the strings frequently to maintain the flow of the strings for making sounds.