How To Change A 6 String Acoustic Guitar's Strings

author: Green_Guitar date: 06/17/2006 category: gear maintenance
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How To Change A 6 String Acoustic Guitar's Strings

Materials

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • New pack of colour coded six steel guitar strings
  • Electric Tuner with Acou-pitch function
  • Wire Cutters
  • Pliers (may have to use)
  • Cloth and Guitar Polish (opitional)

    Steps

    01. After you bought your new strings and are all set up. The first step that needs to be taken is to be removing the deep E 6th String, also the deepest and thickest string on the guitar. To do this begin by laying your guitar on a flat surface, for example a table and put yourself in front of your guitar, preferably by the first string you will remove. 02. Start unwinding your string by turning tuner. You can figure out by plucking the string and turn it one direction. If it gives off a higher note that means you are tightening the string. Therefore you have to turn in the opposite direction. Keep turning it until the string is literally falling off the guitar. 03. Once the string is extremely loose move up to the head of the guitar (where all the strings end) and uncoil the string around the tuning peg. Do this until the end of the string if revealed, then you will slide it through a small hole in the tuning peg. 04. Now the string should be hanging from the bridge of the guitar. The bridge is where the guitar strings are attached to the guitar, directly behind the sound hole, in the general area where you would strum. (See figure 1.) This is probably the hardest part about getting the strings out. You have to pull out the bridge pin, located on the bridge (see figure 2). To remove this you grab it and pull, applying strength. If you have some pliers it is suggested that you use them to wiggle the pin out. 05. Simply pull the string out of the hole that taking out the bridge pin revealed and your first string is out. You should throw out the string now for the end of it is quite sharp and easy to cut yourself with. 06. Now that one of the strings has exited the bridge and neck of the guitar, it is recommended to use the cloth and guitar polish now and clean the spots that were unaccessible when the string was there. It is always good to have a nice clean guitar to show off. 07. If your planning on using the guitar you should probably crack open the package and uncoil the first string. Look for the string labeled 6th string and uncoil it, being careful of the sharp end. 08. Now locate the small ball on one end of the string and place it through the hole that the bridge pin revealed. Slide it in a few inches and place the bridge pin in the hole. Begin pulling the string with slight pressure, while pushing the bridge pin in. When the ball falls in place, push then the bridge pin completely. Now place it in the groove on the bridge of the guitar. 09. You should now be able to pull on the string without it coming up, but now you have to get it all the way up the neck and on the head for it to be of any use. To attach it to the head begin, by lightly pulling the string up the neck. Bring the string an inch above the tuning peg, before bending the string to a 90 degree angle, while facing the hole of the tuning peg. 10. Feed the string through the hole and begin to wrap the string around the tunning peg in a counterclockwise direction. 11. Once you think you have wound it enough, its time to bring out the tuner with acou-pitch function. Put the guitar in playing position with the tuner on your knee, being close enough to pick up the sound waves. Once the string is in tune you use the wire cutters to cut the extra string. Be sure to leave some just incase you want to make the string a very deep note. 12. Repeat these steps for the other strings and once your done start playing!

    Tips

    To make sure your strings don't snap always tune your strings so that the string starts off deep but then tune it so that it is brought to it's proper tightness. Never strum the strings too hard, for at some point the string will snap and one of those sharp ends can come up and put quite the pretty wound on your cheek. Always have some new strings handy incase one breaks and it would be quite effecting for whatever reason you are playing the guitar.
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