How Do You Install Guitar Strings?


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Mark Henderson Profile
Mark Henderson answered

To install a guitar string place the new string in the bridge of the guitar, run it up the length of the neck and thread it through the machine head. Then turn the tuning peg to tune the string to the desired note.

There are three main types of guitar bridge. These are acoustic bridges, electric fixed bridges and electric tremolo bridges. All three bridges required a different way of attaching the string to the bridge.

Acoustic Guitar

Installing strings on an acoustic guitar is different than on electric guitars, because of  differences in their bridges. Acoustic guitars have fixed bridges with pegs to secure the strings down.

  • Remove the peg, and pull out the old string.
  • Insert the new string into the hole in the bridge.
  • Place the peg back in the bridge hole on top of the string.
  • Push the peg down, you should feel the string lightly tug on the peg.
  • Check the peg is secure then run the string up the neck and wind it round the tuning peg.
  • Tune the guitar.

Electric Guitar

Fixed bridges and tremolo bridges require different methods to insert a string in the bridge. For fixed bridges the string is passed through a hole in the bridge fixing itself - which is normally at the rear of the bridge. For tremolo bridges the string is passed all the way through the guitar from underneath (there should be holes in the rear of the guitar for this). The string then comes up through the front of the guitar and across the bridge. Then for both types of bridge just pull the string up the neck and around the peg.

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Shalin Choksi answered
Installing guitar strings on a guitar is quite actually easy if you do it a couple of times yourselves. If you are a beginner, it is advisable that you go to a musical instruments shop, buy a set of guitar strings and request the store keeper to attach it for you. The store keeper will cut the old strings of your guitar and put the new ones.

The procedure is quite simple but just a little lengthy. It is very important for you to see how he does it so that you can try it at home. First thing he will do is loosen the strings by turning the heads of the guitar. The strings will completely come off from the top and next thing he will do is remove the strings from the bottom of the guitar which is also known as the bridge which holds the guitar strings. After removing, he will place the new strings in to the bridge first and then attach it at the top.

It is very important to check whether the strings have perfectly fitted on to the guitar or does it require extra adjustments. It is quite possible that you may put it in a wrong way for which it is very important that you learn it perfectly then practice it. Sometimes, playing around with your strings by removing and reinstalling it may cause your guitar to warp.
Nethan Paul Profile
Nethan Paul , RE: How Do You Install Guitar Strings?, answered

First keep in mind, as the guitar is costly instrument, you should take care of it stings also. So I am sharing some tips that may  help you-

If you have the headstock parts for Gibson guitars of the order like this

6 -> 5 -> 4 -> 1 -> 2 -> 3 or 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 6 -> 5 -> 4

Then set it like this order-  6 -> 5 -> 4 -> 3 -> 2 -> 1

And after that change the strings one by one  & tune it. You must have to check it once to the guitar technicians. But never hurry when change the old strings, it may be change the whole set up.

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