Something as simple as changing the strings can create doubts and even problems
In previous publications, we have talked about different types of strings. How important it is to try to get the right choice. Choose the strings that best suit the guitar, type of music and the guitarist’s way of interpreting.
Changing the strings is a ritual that takes place many times in the life of the guitarist, but at the beginning, it is complicated by the unknown of the process.
A bad placement of the strings can lead to negative consequences for the guitar, we must not forget that the tension supported by the guitar is high, depending on the different tensions of the strings, supports around 50 or 60 kg.
Set a guitar strings progressively
Precisely the high tension of the strings leads us to the first advice: do not change them all in the same act leaving the guitar without strings.
This can be done on some occasions to perform guitar maintenance, but it is an inconvenience because the guitar loses tension and requires more time to return to the initial state.
It means that it will take more time to set a guitar strings stable tuning and you can also notice the different guitar during the process.
Establish an order for the change of the strings, this could be starting with the sixth, then third, fifth, second, fourth and finally the first.
If you wait for a rope to break to proceed to change them, it is normal for the fourth rope to be the first to break, for this reason, and, as is logical, you would start by replacing the broken rope.
There are guitarists who hold the highs a lot, therefore they only change the basses because they have greater wear.
How to Change your Guitar Strings – Acoustic Guitar Maintenance
The placement of the strings is very important, a bad placement could cause the string to come loose and damage the guitar. If the rope were to be released, it would impact directly on the lid, right next to the bridge.
To ensure the stability of the rope it is very important that the rope is pressed on the side of the bridge, right next to the hole.
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To perform the “cordage” we will distinguish between the placement of the bass and that of the treble.
As for the basses, the placement is the simplest. The rope is passed behind it and it is passed again between the rope and the bridge. Recover, the end has to be pressing the same string just next to where the hole is, the area of greatest contact.
Two options to place the tiples
For treble or treble, we can use two different techniques.
The most traditional technique is to give two or three rounds to the rope so that it has more pressure points between the rope and the bridge. What allows more rope anchor points.
Another way to place the treble is to make a small knot at the end and proceed to place the string in the same way as with the basses.
This knot would stop in case there was sliding and the rope would come loose.
On some occasions, you have seen burn the end of the rope to get the same effect of the stop. The problem is that when the rope is burned, it weakens at the joint between the rope and the “ball” that is generated. For this reason, if the rope slipped, it could break through the aforementioned union and release the rope.
If the strings are of small caliber, as with the carbon strings, in addition to making the knot, you can give it a spin for greater safety.
In recent years, the twelve-hole bridge has been increasingly used. It is a bridge in which the
strings are easier to place because the double hole makes the rope is held by itself.
In Guitarras Alhambra we can find some models with this system like the 10 Premier model and the Premier Pro Exotic model.
Guitar has some kinds. A Classical guitar is the 2nd popular, I think for the Invoice or Advance player it’s the 1st choice.
It’s a common question for many, to change a Classical guitar string is easy?
For this you do not need much, but a couple of tools can make the job easier:
- Crank cords, to tighten and release the strings more quickly.
- Polishing cloth and guitar polisher, since the strings are changed can be used to clean the instrument at the same time.
- A string cutter to cut the remaining string.
- It is also recommended a mast protector to not support the guitar blade anywhere.
But to set a guitar strings I don’t think all those are mandatory. 🙂
Remove all the strings – basically change the strings one after another and not all at once. This respects the tension ratio of the guitar while maintaining its tuning stability.
Thread the new ropes on the bridge so that the rope protrudes from behind about 10cm.
The short end of the rope arches under the long section of the rope to finally pass it behind creating a loop.
To fix the knot, the short end of the rope is clamped between the edge of the bridge and the rope. Attention, until the knot is tightened, hold the short end of the string with your thumb.
Now the rope is stretched to tighten the knot. Pay attention that the short end of the rope does not slip over the edge of the bridge.
Now you can thread the string in the pegbox. This is made especially easy when the mechanics have previously been placed with the shaft hole facing outwards so that the rope can be easily inserted through it.
To avoid having to wind too much material of the rope in the mechanics, you must stretch the rope to a point where it fits a hand between the neck and the rope (as shown in the photo). With this, there is enough material to tighten. In the next step, you must hold the rope with one hand to ensure that the measured length is maintained.
The end of the rope is carried up, passed under the rope and again threaded down the shaft. Finally, the created loop is tensed. Attention, holding the opposite part!
Now you have to stretch the rope. In this way, the rope is hooked by the tension to itself and can no longer slip. While it is tensed the rope is taken to the perforation of the nut that corresponds to it.
Once the string has been finished, we must stretch it again so that it maintains the tuning. In the serious strings, you can stretch calmly.
In order to optimally complete the change of the first rope, the scrap of excess rope is cut with a rope cutter.
The whole procedure is repeated with the other 2 bass strings – later the melody strings will come into play.
Once all the old ropes are removed, the new nylon ropes are threaded into the bridge, so that they protrude about 10cm from the opposite side of the bridge.
The short end of the rope arches under the long section of the rope to finally pass it through the loop created.
Then the short segment of the string passes behind the long segment and links itself twice more (in total 3 windings)
To fix the knot the short segment is clamped between the edge of the bridge and the rope. Attention, until the knot is tightened, hold the short end of the string with your thumb.
Now the knot is closed by pulling on the long segment of the rope. Care must be taken that the short end of the rope does not slip over the edge of the bridge.
Steps 17 – 20:
Thread and fix the rope on the shaft as indicated in steps 6 – 9
Once the string has been threaded and fixed, it must be stretched to maintain the tuning. In sharp nylon strings, this should be done carefully.
Finally, the scrap of excess rope is cut with a rope cutter, the first rope has been changed optimally.
It only remains to repeat the procedure with the rest of the ropes – Voila, ready.
For better experience watch this video tutorial.
Now you have learned how to set a guitar strings.