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How To Change Guitar Strings

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Changing guitar strings is really not that hard to do, but beginners sometimes do need a little help. With the right tools and a little knowledge, you'll be able to do it in no time.

Every guitarist should know how to change guitar strings. It's one of the basic maintenance skills. The sooner you learn it, the better.

When To Change Guitar Strings?

When and why should you change your strings? I don't know why so many guitarists wait so long to change their strings. You don't have to wait for a string to break in order to replace it.

Over time strings wear out. Playing puts tremendous pressure on them. Dirt and oil from your hands is causing them to tarnish. They become overstretched, corroded, rusted, and greasy.

Your guitar won't sound right, no matter how good you are at tuning it, if your strings are worn out.

How Do You Know When To Replace Your Strings?

Here is how:
  • If it's been months or even years since you last replace them
  • If they discolored or you see rust on them
  • If they feel slow and tacky
  • If your guitar sounds duller and flatter
  • If you're having hard time getting your guitar in tune
  • If a string has broken (goes without saying)
Remember, strings are not expensive, so there's no point in being cheap here. If any of the above conditions apply to you, it's time to do it.

What Will You Need?

Not much, really – just a set of replacement strings, a string winder, and pliers to cut string ends. String winder will make your job much simpler, but it's not a requirement. If you don't have it, it's not a problem.

This is also a good opportunity to clean your guitar, so use it. A clean guitar will sound better and last longer.

To see how to actually change the strings see how to change an acoustic guitar strings or how to change strings on an electric guitar.

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