Photo Gallery: How to Replace Strings on an Electric Guitar
Paul Riario shows you, step by step, how to quickly replace the strings on your electric guitar.
This tutorial is presented by Dunlop Strings.
You should always change your strings before a gig so as not to break a string during your ripping solo moment.
Surprisingly enough, most of us regard changing or replacing strings as arduous and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Depending upon the type of electric guitar you own, string changing can be accomplished in a matter of minutes. In order to be adept at changing strings, constant repetition is the key — kind of like practicing — and as a guitarist, that’s what you do.
Changing is the process of removing your old strings and replacing them with the same brand of strings or moving on to a new brand.
To get started, you’ll need a string cutter, a peg winder and a guitar neck support (optional but ideal). Lately, I've been digging the Dunlop RoadPro Guitar Stringwinder because it has a sturdy grip to wind your strings quickly and smoothly. In addition, for a more stable and pro setup guitar neck support, go with the Dunlop Maintenance Station Neck Cradle.
Let’s break down the process in 10 easy steps in the photo gallery below. Before getting started, bear in mind that some guitarists like to remove all their old strings at once, which is fine if you are skilled, but I recommend doing one at a time to make things less complicated and leaving some tension on your guitar as you change strings.
Paul Riario is the gear editor at Guitar World.
For more about Dunlop, visit DunlopStrings.com.
How to Replace Strings on an Electric Guitar
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