How do you string a guitar? Stringing a guitar can be a complicated process, but you will eventually become good at it. I’ve read many different articles on how to string a guitar, have had many people ask me “how do you string a guitar” and everyone seems to have their own personal preference. The most complicated part of stringing a guitar is the application and or tightening of the strings to the tuning knobs. I’ve have my own unique way that I find extremely fast and easy, but I’ll let you be the judge. So this is how I string a guitar…
This guitar stringing technique works for pretty for both electric guitars and acoustic guitars
Let’s first starts by cutting/removing all the guitar strings on your guitar except the low E string. I usually loosen each peg except for the low E and then cut them with wire cutters down the middle and then remove the remaining guitar string from each individual peg. From there, I start with the High E string and first secure the bottom of the strong with the coil to the bridge mechanism on the guitar. Then here’s where it gets tricky…. pull the guitar string through the appropriate tuning peg’s hole and pull it through so that its snug at first but then give it about 2-5 inches of slack (The more slack the better). Now with the appropriate amount of slack, press the extended half of the guitar string against the tuning peg causing the string to form a sharp ridge around the peg. The sharp ridge will bight on itself when you tighten the tuning knobs. Now here’s the unique part, place the end of the guitar string in your mouth and hold it directly about the peg with your teeth so your head is directly above the tuning peg. Now all you have to do is tighten the knob and the ridge in the string will bight down on itself and all that slack that you created at the beginning of the process will be wrapped around the knobs as you tighten. Tighten enough so the guitar string produces a tone, however to not worry about tuning the string to what you desire until later, just make it snug.
About this guitar stringing technique
The guitar string is going to be held in place by your mouth, one hand will be tightening the knob and the other hand will be pushing the other side of the string on the bridge side of the peg down so it does not raise over the peg causing the string to not get tight and get all fudged up.
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What kind of guitar strings should I buy?
It can be pretty overwhelming going to Guitar Center or your local guitar shop and browsing through hundreds of different styles of guitar strings. I had to learn the hard way though… and you benefit. You’ll find that some strings literally break within a week, some will sound terrible, some will feel slippery, etc. It all depends on how much you would like to spend, how often you want to change them and most important, what sound you are looking for. Also you might ask the question: “what are the best acoustic guitar strings?” and “what are the best electric guitar strings?”. There’s a huge difference and remember that you should only use acoustic guitar strings on acoustic guitars and electric guitar strings on electric guitars. So what kind of guitar strings should you buy?…
What are the best acoustic guitar strings?
Answer: Elixir Guitar Strings
Elixir acoustic guitar strings sound the best by far. They have the brightest and most full sound out there. They also last extremely long. You will end up paying about $10 on average for them though.
What are the best electric guitar strings?
Answer: Power Brights, , If Power Brights aren’t available, choose DR’s.
Power Brights are the best electric guitar strings that I’ve come across. They sound great and last a very long time. I really don’t like changing my strings every day so I like to spend a little extra money on good strings instead of spending it on cheap strings. Remember, you get what you pay for.
Guitar String Thickness
Guitar string thickness usually varies in size from about .09′s to about .12 with .09 being the thinnest guitar strings and .12 being the thickest guitar strings.
Things to remember about Guitar String Thickness
The thinner the guitar string…. The easier to play, the thinner the sound, the easier it is to breakThe thicker the guitar string…. The harder it is to play, the “fuller” the sound, the harder it is to break* Try to improve your finger strength and playing ability by starting off on very thick strings (like .012′s) and then move to a set of thin strings after a while (.09′s). Once you make the move from thick to thin, you won’t believe how easy it is for you to make the change and how much easier the licks are (mostly bends) along with overall playing.