How to restring an electric guitar

Close up of guitar strings and an electric guitar pickup
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Changing your electric guitar strings is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to breathe new life into your instrument. A new set of strings will entice new definition from your guitar and it’ll feel and play better too. But how do you know when it’s time for new strings on your electric? And if you’ve never changed strings before, what’s the process and what tools do you need?

This guide will show you step-by-step exactly how to restring your electric guitar. In this example we’re going to show you how to fit new strings to an electric guitar that also features a Floyd Rose tremolo, but we've included info on how to complete the steps with a non-Floyd setup too.

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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.