Changing Guitar Strings

Restringing Your Guitar

One reason we find ourselves constantly re-tuning a guitar is string slippage. Strings need to be anchored securely at the bridge and at the tuning machines to insure they do not slip. When strings slip they loose tension and the guitar goes out of tune.

This is one method of winding the strings around the tuning machines to eliminate string slippage.

string around tuning machine
The string is wound to prevent slippage

Winding Strings on Traditional Tuners


Winding Strings Around the Tuning Machines

Step by step guide to restringing your acoustic guitar.


Step 1:

Bring the string down the center of the peghead and thread it out towards the tuner's knob.


Step 2:

Leaving a bit of string length to wind around the tuner, bend the string gently towards the top of the peghead.


Step 3:

Pass the string up and under itself.


Step 4:

Keeping tension on both ends of the string, fold the string over itself.


Step 5:

Continue to hold tension on the string and begin to wind.

The string should be wound down the shaft to increase the strings angle over the nut.


The End Result

The strings own winding "clamps" down on it to prevent string slippage.

More Restringing Videos

Stringing Slotted Pegheads

Instruments with slotted pegheads benefit from a different method to reduce binding of the string in the nut slot.

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