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How to change a classical guitar string

How to change a classical guitar string

How to change a classical guitar string

The common problem most guitarists have is changing the strings of their classical guitars. Changing the strings of a classical guitar is quite different from changing the strings on an acoustic or an electric guitar. However, with the right tools and know how you can be able to do it yourself. Before you start the process of changing the string, you need to have a string winder, nylon strings and nail clippers or wire clippers for the final cut. Here is the guide of changing a string on a classical guitar string:

1. Choose the right strings

A classical guitar is manufactured to work with nylon strings only! Therefore, you should avoid using acoustic strings, electric guitar strings or steel strings because they may end up damaging your guitar. When choosing the right strings for your classical guitar, there are numerous options to choose among them various tensions, clear or opaque and ball end or open end. You just need to research about these strings to know their pros and cons to make the right choice.

2. Remove your current string

Regardless of the method you will use, the main objective here is to remove the current string from your classical guitar. Some people prefer cutting it using scissors/nail clippers while others prefer unwinding the strings. You may notice that some strings have become tighter especially on the bridge but you should take your time to remove them. The process may take long but with a guitar winder it may take less time.

You can opt to clean your guitar when changing your strings whether in acoustic, classical or electrical guitars. This is recommended because it is easier to clean your guitar when it does not have any strings. Remember to polish the sound hole, clean the fret board and any other part that needs cleaning.

3. Knotting the bridge end of the string

Knotting the bridge

You have to master how to knot strings on the bridge knot and the tuning peg knot. Since there are different ways you can knot the strings, the main objective is to make sure that the knot does not slip. You should take the wound part of the string and pass it through the hole before you tie the string. When passing the string, you should leave 3 – 4 inches to make tying easy. You should wrap the end portion of the string over the bridge and under the string itself. Finally, pass the remaining string under itself and then on the opposite side of the bridge.

4. Knotting the tuner end of the string

You should pass the loose end of nylon string through the appropriate tuner hole. To do this, your classical guitar should be on its back. You don’t have to pull it tight because you want to leave a little bit of slack that you will wrap around the tuner. To tie the knot on the tuner end, you should pull the string back up on the head stroke side of the tuner peg and then wrap the string around itself while pulling it down. Finally, start winding the guitar while keeping tension on the string between the bridge and the tuner for the knots to remain undone.

It is important to properly stretch your strings before cutting the excess string on your guitar. Each string should be tug on at about the 12 fret and then get the guitar re-tuned. You will have to repeat this severally as the knots tighten. However, when the knots finally tighten, your guitar will remain in tune.


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