How To Change Strings On An Acoustic Guitar

Need to learn how to change strings on an acoustic guitar? Even if you never have a string break, if you play your acoustic guitar long enough the strings will start to sound flat, so instead of trying to constantly tune your guitar to sound better, you can learn to change the strings on your acoustic guitar. Brand new strings on an acoustic guitar have a crisp, clean sound that you simply can't get once the strings get worn, so you should replace them fairly regularly. By simply looking at an acoustic guitar, you may think that stringing it properly takes some kind of skill or expertise, but it is a really simple process that anyone with a little time can accomplish.

To change the strings on an acoustic guitar, you will need:

  • Pliers
  • Replacement strings
  1. Grasp one of the pins, located past the bridge, in the pliers and pull up. You can see the strings disappear under the pins as the pins hold the strings in place. If you have a string winder tool, these often have a notch on them that you can fit under the pins to pry them up, instead of using the pliers. Don't squeeze too hard or you risk damaging the pins. Complete this process for all six pins.
  2. Unravel the strings from the tuning pegs at the end of the neck. Simply unwind them and pull the strings out of the hole.
  3. Place the nut of the largest replacement string in the top hole, the one closest to you when you play, and slide the pin into place. While you push down on the pin, pull up on the string to lock it into place. You want to wind up with the nut of the string wedged between the pin and the wall of the hole. Repeat this process, using the next largest string in the next hole, and so on.
  4. Slide the end of the largest string through the hole of the closest tuning peg on the top half of the neck. When you hold the acoustic guitar like you are playing it, there are three pegs on the top half of the neck and three pegs on the bottom half. Leave about two inches of slack on the string as you place it in the hole on the peg. You should put the string into the hole on the inside of the guitar so that it comes out going away from the guitar. Hold the end of the string steady and, using your slack, make one clockwise loop around the peg.
  5. Rotate the knob next to the string in a counterclockwise direction to wind the string. Position the string so that there is one loop over the hole where the string goes through, and the rest of the loops are under the hole. Wind the string until it is tight. Make sure that the string is sitting in the top notch on the neck bridge.
  6. Repeat the stringing process for all the strings. As you use progressively smaller strings, use the next peg on the neck going in a clockwise direction. The second string would use the peg to the left of the first one, and the sixth string would come around and use the peg directly under the first one. Turn the pegs to tune your acoustic guitar, and you are ready to play.