How To Change Acoustic Guitar Strings

Welcome! Now that you know the 7  steps to learning to play the guitar, it means that it is time to explain how to change the strings of an acoustic guitar step by step.

Maybe you had a family member’s old guitar, or maybe a string broke and you’ve decided to change the whole set. In any case, if it is the first time you have changed guitar strings, you have come to the right place. Let’s go!

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Tools needed for changing strings on an acoustic guitar

Before learning how to change the strings of an acoustic guitar you need some necessary materials. You will need the following tools:

  • An acoustic guitar!
  • Acoustic guitar strings.
  • Pliers, nail clippers, or any other tool to cut the excess end of each string.
  • Rope winder (optional).
  • Microfiber cloth.
  • Lemon oil
  • Toilet paper.

What strings should I use for an acoustic guitar

If you have more than one type of guitar at home, you will have seen that not all use the same type of strings. In the case of acoustic guitars, it is very common to use steel strings. For this reason, at Guitarraviva we have prepared the guitar string buying guide. We don’t want to fool you, we recommend that you try different makes and models until you find your ideal sound. We hope you find it useful!

REMEMBER! Steel acoustic guitar strings have balls at the ends.

Steps to learn how to change acoustic guitar strings

The procedure for learning how to change the strings of a guitar is almost identical in any type of guitar, if you are interested, you can also check out the tutorials for electric guitar and classical guitar.

Step 1. Remove the bridge pivots from your acoustic guitar.

Acoustic guitars generally have several pieces on the bridge, called pivots, to attach the strings. However, there are some models that do not contain pivots and you only have to pass the strings through the holes in the bridge. If this is your case, skip to the next step!

The first step in learning how to change the strings on an acoustic guitar is to use the string reel to remove the pivots. It is not necessary to use a winder, but you will need some other object, such as pliers, to pry out the pivot. With this you can remove the strings without problems.

Be very careful if you use pliers to remove the pins. You could damage your guitar!

Step 2. Loosen the pegs to remove the guitar strings

The next step to change the strings on your acoustic guitar is to loosen each of the pegs to remove the strings from your acoustic guitar. You should continue turning the pegs until each of the strings can be easily removed. Of course, you can use the winder to facilitate this step.

Step 3. Clean your guitar

Now that you’ve easily removed the old strings from your acoustic guitar, it’s time to clean it up. For this, we recommend using a microfiber scarf with a little water.

Run the cloth over the body and neck of your guitar, placing special emphasis on the fingerboard. Remember that the accumulation of residues due to the sweat of the hands is normal, so it is an excellent time to remove them.

Also, you can use lemon oil to lubricate the fingerboard and clean it with toilet paper afterwards.

Step 4. Place the strings on the bridge of your acoustic guitar

The next step in changing the strings on an acoustic guitar is to insert the ball end of each string into the corresponding hole in the bridge.

Then we introduce the pivot to fix the rope correctly and tighten strongly.

Step 5. Attach the strings to the corresponding pegs on your acoustic guitar.

We are already finishing up! Now we just have to take the other end of the rope and insert it into the hole of the corresponding peg. To do this we introduce the rope to the bottom and wind it by tightening the peg.

A trick that works quite well to tie the knot is to pass a first-round over, and the next under. In this way, the rope will be perfectly hooked under pressure.

Step 6. Cut off the excess ends of the strings

And this has been the whole process on how to change the strings on an acoustic guitar! Now that you have your strings perfectly placed you can take pliers or a nail clipper to cut the end that is left on the strings.

REMEMBER! This step can also be done by placing the strings on the pegs.

Step 7. Tune your guitar

Now that we have the guitar perfectly strung, it is necessary to tune it again. You don’t want to start learning to play guitar out of tune, right? If you still don’t know how to do it, we recommend reviewing the tutorial How to tune a guitar perfectly. Until next time!

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