How To String a Guitar

In order to string or restring a guitar, it’s important to follow a certain set of guidelines. Check out our how to string a guitar guide below.

  1. First you’ll need to unstring your old guitar strings by loosening the tuning pegs on the headstock.
    It is a good idea to loosen each string equally, so that the neck does not bend under the tension from the other strings.
  2. If your guitar is a solid body electric, simply remove the strings by pulling them through the guitars body.

To find out how to re-string a guitar with your new set, simply follow the points below.

  1. Take the strings out of the packet and make sure to take note of which string goes where. These are often marked by different coloured ball endings. For example, D’addario strings use red, bronze, black etc. to dertermine the thickness and correct placement of their strings.
Pull the string through the back of the guitar until the ball end catches.

Pull the string through the back of the guitar until the ball end catches.

  1. To put the guitar strings unto your guitar, just thread the wire through the body and make sure the end is held in place by the bridge.
Pull the string through the body and make sure it fits over the string saddle without any sharp angles.

Pull the string through the body and make sure it fits over the string saddle without any sharp angles.

  1. It is important that when you’re learning how to string a guitar that you leave some excess string near the headstock, as new strings tend to stretch. Leaving the extra length at the headstock ensures that your guitar strings should have enough space to stretch without slipping out of the capstan.
  2. The final action you’ll need to take, is to wind the guitar string around the capstan using the tuning pegs. Don’t tighten the strings properly until all the strings have been fitted unto the guitar. This is mainly to stop any undue tension bending the guitar neck out of shape by mistake.
Pull the string over the nut, and clip it short leaving about 5" to 7" of string. This will ensure a good grip on the capstan.

Pull the string over the nut, and clip it short leaving about 5" to 7" of string. This will ensure a good grip on the capstan.

To tidy up the excess string at the end of the headstock, you can use a wire cutters and just snip it at the end.