How do you know when it is time to change your guitar strings?
And, do you know HOW to change your strings?
Don’t let the prospect of changing your strings scare you! It’s a basic guitar-maintenance process that you can learn to become perfectly comfortable with.
And, you will LOVE the results!
Old strings get tired, and lose their sparkle
How do you remove your old strings?
How do you put the new strings on?
How do you know what kind of new strings to buy?
Experienced guitar players will become connoisseurs of strings, and favor a very particular type of guitar string.
For starters though, I recommend you buy a set of Acoustic Light Gauge strings (assuming you are on an acoustic guitar). My personal favorites are Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic. They are a ‘coated’ string, which means they will last a lot longer than regular strings. A bit pricier, but well worth it, in my opinion.
How do you get the new strings in tune?
Brand new strings will take a little while to adjust to their new situation of being stretched tight on your guitar. The most common symptom is that they will go flat, as they loosen slightly due to the process of stretching out.
You can manually give them a helpful stretch by grabbing each string one at a time, near the sound hole, and gently pulling at it so as to stretch it.
Use a tuner to monitor how in-tune your new strings are, and keep stretching them until they are able to hold the desired note even after a stretch.
Enjoy the fresh sparkle of your brand new strings!
You should find that your guitar sounds much better, and feels easier to play once you have put your new strings on. Remember this sweet moment, for when you are tempted to procrastinate next time your strings start to sound old and tired!