If you are looking for a quick solution to help replace your broken guitar string, you have come to the right place. However, guitar string changes shouldn’t only take place because of broken strings. You need to replace your old guitar strings if they are worn out too. Strumming the guitar with worn strings would give you problems with intonation and tuning; the sound old worn out strings produce also isn´t bright. If you play the guitar on a regular basis, you should change the strings every three weeks. When purchasing guitar strings, you should understand that the thickness of the strings directly affects the performance; therefore, the thicker the strings are, the better the tones they provide. However, thicker strings are more difficult to strum. Before straying away from the topic any further, let´s help you replace your broken guitar string.
Step 1. Gather your tools and materials
Replacing your broken guitar string is as easy as whistling dixie. However, you will need a set of tools to help expedite the fixing process. You will require a peg winder, pliers, and wire cutters. Of course, you will also need a new string to replace the old one. If you have an acoustic guitar, you should purchase acoustic guitar strings. Basically, you should get the correct, specific, recommended string to replace the old one.
Step 2. Disconnect the broken string
You should first proceed to remove the broken string wire from the tuning peg; a plier would help you achieve your objective in the shortest time. Now, you will need to look towards the white bridge pin that is located on the guitar body. You should then identify the bridge pin that is firmly keeping the broken string stable. After identifying the pin, you should pull it out and free the broken string. Using a plier to pull out the bridge pin would save you time.
Step 3. Placement of the string to the bridge
Now, you should place the new string into the space vacated by the old string. The ring end of the string should be placed into the peg hole emptied by the bridge pin. While doing so, ensure that the string only goes about 1 inch into the hole. After that, you can proceed to install the bridge pin back into its original place; while doing so, you need to make sure that the groove on the white bridge pin is aligned to face the string.
Step 4. Placing the string to the tuning peg and tightening the string
At this point, you should have one end of the string firmly held by the bridge pin and the other end completely free. The free end of the string should now be placed through the relative peg. After threading the string into the peg, you should have enough slack in the string to allow numerous windings around the peg before adding tension to the string. Before winding the string, you should be able to pull it about five inches away from the guitar.
Now, you should bend the string up 90 degrees to the guitar and then proceed to turn the tuning key. The new string should be coiled at least once around the tuning peg. After that, you can begin tightening the string and you should do so until you hear the string making a sound when strummed. A peg winder can be used to expedite this process. However, we would advise you to be careful when using the peg winder as it can get the string tightened in very little time, and could get you to over tighten the string without you realizing it, in turn, breaking the string.
Step 5. Get rid of the extra string
A pair of wire cutters will come in handy when you attempt to get rid of the extra string. You should cut the excess string as close as possible to the tuning peg. While doing this, you should be extra careful as the cutters could scratch the guitar. The sharp remaining guitar wire should be set downward to avoid causing harm. You are now ready to play the guitar after a round of tuning!
Keep in mind that you may need to tune the guitar a couple of times later again as new strings tend to stretch over time upon play.