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Should the new string sound tinny when you first put a new one in?
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Originally posted by Darkel
Question. Why should you cut off the string? I just slacken it off with the tuning knobs, and then poke it through the back.

you dont have to, if you leave it long, it could poke someones eye out ...

but i cut mine so it looks neat. I leave about 1-1.5cm left.
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I got my guitar for christmas and the first thing i did was change the strings cuz they were crap and when i was done i was playing it and it sounded weird so i re tuned it then it still sounded weird........after about a week i realized that i mixed up the b and e string

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Humm after changing my strings the 4th, 5th and 6th strings make somewhat of a buzzing noise when played, even tho they are in tune. And that noise happens even when I don't have it plugged in, so it has nothing to do with amp settings. Any ideas on how to cut that noise out? Cause it really makes it impossible to play.
CAN SOMEONE PLZ HELP ME OUT? I have a vester guitar that has a floyd rose bridge. When i tried to restring it for the first time one of my springs that held the bridge on came loose. I put it back, but ever since then i cant get it to restring correctly. The bridge gets too high and the whammie bar is rendered useless because the bridge is too tight. How do i fix it?
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Gadget: are your new strings thicker than they normally are? If so, it could be them hitting off frets. If not, then looks like you got action problems, and don't ask me how to sort them out...
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i have a question.....t doesn't effect my playing it just looks kinda dumb...

on my floyd rose i use .10 gauge d'addario stings and tune down to Eb but the tremelo system pulls up like its in a mini dive bomb position.....i can still dive bomb but its in that pposition......oh, and by the way i have three springs in the back of my guitar if that matters

Originally posted by Darklights
Are you kidding? Of course I've cranked my massive 10 watt drive amp, and if I listen real hard from 15 feet away I can still hear it.
I've only ever changed strings once... it was such a bitch. That was a long time ago so I've now since forgotten. Ergh.

This is great help though, I'll be sure to read this through more thoroughly when I can be arsed changing my strings.
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i was watchin the dvd to learn how to tune the guitar
and while playin "tzinngggg", i found the string flyin, now i dnt know how to put it where it was.

so as this thread says...i insert the string from the back in that white plastic thingie and it comes out from the other side (front)...but i keep on pullin it, and the end of the string comes out from the front
and i insert it again from the back...and it comes out, all of it from the front

now what? why it's not fixed inside? wt shld i do? is there anythin missin?
i think string changing is quite easy for me, and i learned on my own. But i guess it takes me longer to do other things than it does for others to do that particular task quickly. Does that make sense?
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okay i have a string through body style guitar (omen 6). i need someone to tell me if this is right.

to take out string unwind it all the way and slowly pull it out the the body.

get a new string stretch it out a bit pull it through body place on the bridge. pull it up to the top of neck put it in the string placement thing at the top of the neck. This is the part that gets me do i pull it through the tuning peg first and then start wrapping it or do i start wrapping a bit and pull it through a bit after? Thanks
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I have a Floyd Rose and it's not that hard to change strings on it. I changed them yesterday actually, only took me like an hour.
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so im a relative noob at changing strings... did it for the first time on my strat copy today. it has a normal tremolo system. my problem is this: when i get the low E in tune, the tremolo lifts up a little cuz the string is too tight. but if i loosen it, its not in tune... what do i do?
Originally posted by stargzr50
so im a relative noob at changing strings... did it for the first time on my strat copy today. it has a normal tremolo system. my problem is this: when i get the low E in tune, the tremolo lifts up a little cuz the string is too tight. but if i loosen it, its not in tune... what do i do?

Yeah i got exactly the same problem.
my Ibanez's bridge has ever since i changed all the strings no permanent position anymore.
It changes while tuning and it does change as well overe night.
Tried to set it to one position and then tune the strings but that doesnt work.

Its quite frustrating.
D'Addorio strings or sumthin r good... sorry.. im a newbie

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Hey guys....I thought I'd clarify a few things on here. Changing strings can be and is often one of the most frustrating facets of maintaining your guitar's health.

First of all, a lot of people ask me how often you should change them, and what strings to use, etc. There are many factors that go into this and I'll briefly explain them. These are in no particular order.

1) This is only an approximation, but if you play daily for 1-2 hours, I would change the strings at least twice a month. For those who play less, monthly or every 6 weeks should be good. For those who barely play at all, strings can last a very long time, especially for those who play acoustic. Acoustic strings are usually made from bronze, and the material is much more resilient than nickel, which comprises most electric strings. Acoustic strings are also much thicker, and are less susceptible to string erosion as electrics are.

2) Wash your hands before you play! You wouldn't believe what oil and dirt from your skin can do to your string life. Always wash your hands with basic soap and water and you'll be shocked at how much longer the strings will last.

3) Buy strings that accommodate your style. I personally play alternative/modern rock. A lot of the songs that I play are tuned in very low keys, so I buy strings that accent the added slack from tuning lower.

My personal recommendation? For standard tuning, dropped-D and 1/2 step down, check out the Ernie Ball Skinny Top/Heavy Bottom set. I use these on a Gibson SG, and in my opinion, they are the best strings money can buy. They have a terrific tone and they last FOREVER. The gauges (from low E to high E) are: 52, 42, 30, 17, 13, and 10. I have used these strings for a very long time now and I haven't found one other brand/type of set that I've been more satisfied with than these.

For tuning really low (Db or lower), check out Ernie Ball's Beefy Slinky set. They are THICK! They just started selling these pretty recently, and I have been very happy with not only the lifespan, but the tone improvement! I utilize these on a Gibson Les Paul tuned down a 1/2 step and dropped-D (so the low E is Db) and the tone is remarkable. The gauges for these are (from low to high again): 54, 42, 30, 22p (meaning plain, not wound), 15, and 11.

4) As mentioned already in the initial post, you should only change one string at a time. Not only is this more convenient, but the neck on your guitar will love you for it. The strings put a tremendous amount of tension on the wood of the neck, and removing all of that tension at once is very harmful for the truss rod and the action. Changing one string at a time is much easier for the guitar, and you will find that it will adjust much easier to different string gauges, if you try different sizes.

5) Tune your guitar PRIOR to changing the strings. This makes it easier to tune the new strings when you wind them up. If you change only one at a time, you can use the traditional tuning method to tune whatever string you changed to the one either above or below it, and then use an electronic tuner to get it exact.

6) Stretch your strings! This is a tad difficult for beginners, as often you will stretch too hard and break your newly wound string. The key of stretching is removing slack from not only the tuning heads, but also the bridge. Slowly grasp the string between the 3rd and 12th fret and gently (GENTLY) tug the string in both directions (toward you and away). Tune back up to the correct pitch and then let your guitar sit for about 20 - 30 minutes. After letting it sit, stretch them again, tune back up appropriately and play! Stretch them often--you will notice instantly that they last longer and retain tone.

7) Winding them correctly around the tuning pegs is key. If you have a headstock that has all of the keys on the top of your neck, you need to wind them so that they rise in pitch in a counterclockwise fashion. If your keys are located on the bottom of the headstock, you need to tune clockwise. For Gibson style necks (Paul Reed Smith, Hamer, etc.), you need to tune the E, A and D counterclockwise and the G, B and high E clockwise.

I hope this helps! E-mail me at if you want some individual help!

Actually, it is okay to take off all the strings at one go and changing them all at once. I find this more convenient as I can take some time to clean my fretboard and the space between the pickups. As long as the first string you insert into the guitar is the thinnest string, it is okay.
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I don't personally recommend changing them at once, but you do bring up a good point. Cleaning the components is a bit hard to do if you don't. I just use a brush or something to get in between the strings to get to the pickups, the bridge, etc.
I have a strat style body, and although I can change the strings without instructions( which is great for beginners by the way) I always loose my set-up and have to adjust the springs. Any tips on how to avoid this?
when i restring my guitars, i put them through the bridge then to the tuner like anyone else would. BUT to strecth them, i pull them towards my body at about the 5th or 7th fret, and when i start to get some tension on the string, i set the string in the nut. after i tighten them in this manner they stay in tune pretty well and i almost alwaysplay when im done restringing my guitar.
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I ****in suck at this. I cannot do it for the life of me. My teacher taught me it a long time ago but i hadnt changed them in a long time. Ive beenat it for 20 minutes. I feel like such a moron. Step 3 of the gibson part doesnt make alot of sense to me.. thats where im stuck.

Same here - I bought a new string for my high E last friday - ive changed them before and did everything the same, but the new string just snapped!! ive just been and got myself a new one and this one feels like its going to aswell.
ok, ive just followed the steps to restringing my ibanez with locking bridge, and i have a problem- the bridge is pulled way back, to the maximum, right after i took out all the old strings. i put new ones on, and tried using the screws on the bottom under the plate to fix the bridge but its having no effect. so, the bridge is pulled waaay back, the action of guitar is nonexistant, and i cant play it at all since the strings action is low. help!

edit: i think my mistake was taking all the old strings off at once, ok, so how do i fix this?????? i really dont want to take it to the shop, theyll take $80 from me
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Whenever I go to tighten wont stick, so I'll tighten harder and it will break. What am I doing wrong besides being a complete idiot?
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I just strung my guitar for the first time, I think I did a ****ty job. Some of the strings didn't coil down they way they were supposed to and it looks pretty rugged. If left this way could I possibly hurt my guitar? Or is their no need for perfection for someone who is just learning anyway? All the strings feel like I can get them tight enough to tune and play...If I do need to undo them and try again, should I just attempt it with the same strings or are they shot?
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My advice for first-time string changers: just go for it. It might look and sound really intimidating, but it's actually pretty easy as long as you don't do anything stupid. And hey, what's the worst that could happen? I guess you could lose a hand, but those things are overrated anyways.

And a often should one replace bass strings? Same as guitar?
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Thanks! This really helped cause even after playing for 4 years,I still haven't had the energy (or patience) to learn how to restring a guitar
Hey, nice explanations, especially the Floyd Rose one (I strung up mt first Floyd Rose about a week ago, too bad I didnt find this guide in time).
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thanks alot this really helps especially how it tells you how on a couple kinds of guitars....I have a Squier Affinity Fat Strat
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hey soz guys but am i bit of a noob and i duno which version my guitar is its a Ibanez GGRG170DX
i think its the strat one but im not sure

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if u have a microphone for your pc u can download a program called AP guitar tuner its free thats what i use for mine works like a charm
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I broke my low E string twice because my tuner kept showing 4d or 7b, however, I want to get to E. So, I kept twisting it and it breaks. I have no problem with the other strings but the low E string. Can anyone help??
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hey guys how many windings should you do for string G?

I don't ever do a certain amount of windings for each string to tune it because i feel that it'll be tuned wrongly. I have a tuner, but the most simple way of tuning your guitar is somehow getting the Bottom string (in guitar terms) which is a E string (the thick one) tuned and the playing the fifth fret on the E string and playing the A string at the same time. You have to make the A string sound the same as the fifth fret of the E string. Do the same with all the strings except the B string, whach has to sound the same as the 4th fret of the string above.
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I broke my low E string twice because my tuner kept showing 4d or 7b, however, I want to get to E. So, I kept twisting it and it breaks. I have no problem with the other strings but the low E string. Can anyone help??

Tune your low E string with your high E string, same note just that the low E string sounds lower.