How to restring a classical guitar

Man playing a classical guitar at the bottom of some stairs
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Ah, fresh strings! Maybe the last time you fit a set is now a distant memory? Maybe the strings on your classical guitar have been there forever, perhaps even since the guitar was made? If you feel your classical guitar strings need a freshen up and you're not sure how to approach it, never fear, we’ll show you how with this step-by-step guide.

The method behind tying on classical nylon guitar strings can be misunderstood. Here, we’ll lay out each phase of the process, so you can get the technique down for yourself. If tied incorrectly your strings may slip and cause the guitar to drop tuning, and in the worst case slip off and whip your guitar’s top by the bridge, so it's important to take your time and get each step right. 

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Jack Ellis

Jack runs an independent guitar setup and guitar repair service in Manchester, England. He serves the musicians of the Northwest of England, working on electric guitars, bass guitars, acoustic guitars and more. Jack has been writing the Fix Your Guitar column in Total Guitar Magazine since 2017.