A guitar can be strung with different gauges of strings to vary the pitch and playability. A commonly used set is the “D’Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Light” gauge .012-.053 for acoustic guitars. These are normally tuned to the following pitches: E2, A2, D3, G3, B3, E4 (from lowest-pitched string to highest). Generally, this tuning extends for six octaves after which repeats again begin on an octave above when moving up in pitch or when one reaches the high e-strings.
If you need to change your strings, then there are a few steps you should take first
When changing your guitar’s strings it is important to consider what you will be using it for. If you’re planning on hard-rocking and really putting the guitar through its paces, then thicker strings could be a good option as the added tension from the thicker string will reduce your chances of snapping them. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more mellow sound with a smooth feel, lighter strings might suit your needs better.
Lighter/thinner gauges can help your fingers become used to vibrato and fast changes in pitch because their reduced tension allows frets to be pushed away from the neck with less force – this is great for beginners learning how to change acoustic guitar strings yourself is an excellent way to save money over time, but there are also many advantages to having a professional do it for you such as:
- Getting the correct string gauge and material.
- Replacing your strings in just the right order.
- Ensuring that your guitar is tuned perfectly after changing strings.
- Ensuring your guitar stays in tune while performing intricate playing techniques like pinch harmonics and tapping.
- Adding a fresh set of strings to your guitar if it has been stored for a long time.
- If you would like, they can also restring your guitar in different tunings such as Drop D and Open G tuning.
To change acoustic guitar strings yourself:
1) Remove the old string from the bridge by pulling out the string through the bridge, a string winder can make this job a lot easier.
2) Measure out how much wire you will need to replace the old strings by unwinding them from their tuning pegs. Wind the new strings onto the pegs until there is only about 1″ of extra string sticking past the fingerboard and cut off the excess.
3) Thread the string through the bridge, making sure it passes over the saddle by at least 1/2″. Then pull it through the hole in the tuning post nut.
4) Pull on both ends of the string to make sure that it has been threaded correctly before you tighten either end onto their respective posts.
5) Tune your guitar using an electronic tuner. If not using a tuner then tune each string individually to its respective pitch after winding it fully onto its corresponding peg.
6) Make any necessary adjustments with your new strings by adjusting their height at either end, but be careful not to snap them during this process!
How do you change acoustic guitar strings for beginners?
Wondering how to change acoustic guitar strings? First, you need:
4 new acoustic guitar strings (a fresh set every 6 months is recommended) Needle-nose pliers trying winder
1. With the guitar on your lap, place your hand above and parallel to the neck of the guitar. Use the pliers to grab hold of one end of a string and pull it towards you allowing about 2 inches of slack for each wrap on the tuning peg. Pulling gently on one string at a time will help unravel them without causing too much damage or needing restrings any time soon!
2. Once all four strings have been removed, take some time to clean up the fretboard and wipe down its surface. Doing so will help to prevent dirt and oil from your hands from getting into the body of the guitar causing damage over time.
3. Thread each of your new strings through their respective holes, making sure that at least half an inch or so is passing through the bridge by holding it against a flat surface. If they are too long cut off the excess with wire cutters. Different brands of acoustic guitar strings vary in length, but they should be approximately 70 cm (27 inches).
4. With all four new strings firmly threaded, turn each peg until its end reaches around 4-5 cm past the fingerboard, pull on both sides to make sure that they are taut before you tighten either end onto their corresponding posts.
5. To tune your guitar you will need an electronic tuner, but if not a piano or keyboard can also be used. You may need to make minor adjustments to the height of either side by using your 4mm Allen wrench.
6. Clean up any excess wire from around the tuning posts and enjoy your fresh set of strings!