How to Change Your Acoustic Guitar Strings | Fender

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hi this is John Dreyer for Fender

University and I like to show you one

way to change the strings on your

acoustic guitar now there's a couple

different reasons why you would want to

change your strings one and the obvious

reason is that they just look dirty

maybe they sound dull and or just maybe

just broke a string now you can change

that broken string or if you choose to

you can change the whole set at one time

so the materials we'll need are pretty

simple string winder wire or string

clippers and your new sets of strings

for acoustic guitar I'm not going to

take all the strings off all at one time

I'm actually going to do it in twos I'm

gonna do two strings at a time take two

off and put two back on this way I keep

some of the tension on the top of the

guitar okay so I'm gonna take my string

winder here start with a low E string

loosen the tension on that one and the

second one so you can see these two are

nice and loose alright put this back

here take my string clippers and we'll

clip these two strings above the sound


okay I'm gonna unwind these strings from

the peg make one here and this one just

pull those off it's gonna wind these up

for easy disposal and by disposal I mean

just throw them on the floor and then

also take my string winder here again

there's a little cutout on the winder

that's used to pry up the the post from

the bridge sometimes you could do it

with your hand but sometimes if it's

stuck you're better off to use the

winder so we'll pop these two and I want

to leave these in order so I'm just

gonna put these here so I know which

ones go back where now I take my new set

of strings I'm gonna use these Fender

fuss for bronze medium gauge strings and

fender makes it very easy to know which

strings go where by including this handy

dandy string guide on the packaging okay

I'm gonna start with my low E string

which is the brass or the gold ball end

here take the bridge pin and you can see

here on the bridge pin there's a little

cutout that corresponds with the string

when it's inside the bridge so what I'm

gonna do is when they put the string in

first and then be sure to put the pin in

with the cutout facing the string I'm

just gonna press that in and pull up on

the slack okay and just let that hang

for right now I'm gonna take the next

string which is the candy apple or the

red ball end and repeat the process the

string in have a little groove or the

cutout facing the string press that in

and pull off the slack

now I'm ready to attach the strings to

the machine heads

okay so I'm gonna start with my low E

string here and attach that to the

machine head be careful on your end pins

sometimes I like to pop back up just

need to push them back in when it comes

time to detaching the string to the peg

I like to pre-cut the string what I'm

gonna do is I'm gonna measure up the

distance of one and a half machine

head's this will give me the proper

length and the proper windings on the

machine head and remember most acoustics

have three tuners on the left and three

tuners on the right so what you want to

do is thread the string through the peg

from the center or the middle of the

headstock and wind them the same way so

I'm going to start this through the hole

gonna leave just a little bit hanging

out the other side it's gonna pull it

down and as I wind I'm starting from the

top and I want to finish on the bottom

of the peg this gives me the proper

angle over the nut so I'm just gonna

grab my string winder here and start

winding again starting on the top I

don't want to overlap the wines either I

want to keep them nice and even all the

way to the bottom so I'm not going to

knit the pitch right now I just want to

get enough tension on them and I'll go

back to tune them and stretch them later

so let's go through the next string get

to make sure these pins are staying in

bridge so again I'm gonna measure up the

distance of one and a half machine

head's from the machine head you're

winding which is about here I'm gonna

clip the string again going in and

winding it from the center or the middle

of the headstock okay I'm just leaving a

little bit sticking out the other side

and just get that started and just kind

of put some pressure on it hold it down

and start winding again from the top to

the bottom and of course make sure it

lines up in the appropriate nut slot so

we have our first two strings on let's

continue to process

okay now that I've made it to the other

side the headstock same process same

everything except I'm just going to

insert the string from the opposite side

so coming in from the middle in the

center I'm going to go through this way

instead of this way again measuring out

one and a half machine heads which is

about here I'm gonna clip that string

just want to go in from this side here

towards the center pull the string back

give it some tension there and start

winding the opposite direction of the

last three again winding from the top to

the bottom of the peg being sure not to

overlap the wines you want to end up in

the bottom of the peg there you go and

let's continue on to last two and as I

mentioned for the wound strings you

don't want to overlap the strings in the

peg but actually for the unwound strings

you want to have your first winding

above the inserted string on the peg and

the second below this will hold the

string in place and the strings are thin

enough that I won't affect tuning


okay now that we have all six strings on

the guitar you're ready to tune it up to

pitch and start playing