How To Restring a Guitar, Ukulele, and Bass

Mary Jaira Reyes
Posted by  Mary Jaira Reyes, on Mar 25, 2022 4:03:26 AM

Restringing a guitar means that it applies to all types of guitars including electric guitar, acoustic, ukulele, and bass guitar but slightly differs in some features. There are a lot of things to discuss before we move on to our main topic. 

 

How To Restring a Guitar, Ukulele, and Bass

 

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3 Reasons to Change Guitar Strings:

 

1. Aging & rusty strings

Nobody likes rusty old strings. They are not comfortable and hurt your fingers.

New guitar string rusty? - Classical Guitar

 

2. Broken Strings

Hitting those fast and high rock-star notes just broke your strings by accident!

Using Broken Strings to Your Advantage – Steel Lemon 

 

3. Trying new strings!

Guitar users buy new set of strings because of its texture, color and sound. Strumming rainbow strings gives a blended color.

6Pcs/Set Acoustic Guitar Strings Rainbow Colorful Guitar Strings E-A For  Acoustic Folk Guitar Classic Guitar Multi Color | Wish

 

 

7 Restringing Tools You'll Need:

New Set of Guitar Strings

(Guitar strings on Amazon)

The Best Acoustic Guitar Strings: Extra Light - Light - Medium - Heavy -  Dec 2021 | Gearank

Guitar String Winder

(String Winders on Amazon)

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Guitar String Cutter

 (Guitar String Cutters on Amazon)

GrooveTech Bass String Cutters Guitar Tools (Cru-GTSC1):Musical Instruments

Guitar Pliers

 (Guitar Pliers on Amazon)

Guitar Plier Stainless Steel Fret Wire Nipper Puller Plier with  Guitar Fingerboard Guards for Guitar/Bass/Violin String Cutting:Musical Instruments

Guitar Spray Cleaner

(Guitar Spray Cleaner on Amazon)

D'Addario Shine Guitar Spray:Musical Instruments

Guitar Cleaning Cloth

(Guitar cleaning cloth on Amazon)

Thalia Guitar Polishing Cloth - The Best Guitar Polishing Cloths

Guitar Tuner

(Guitar Tuner on Amazon)

NANIWAN Guitar Tuner with LCD Digital Display Ukulele Tuner  Clip on Tuner for Acoustic Electric Guitar Ukulele Bass Chromatic Accurate Tuning and Sensitivity Portable : Musical Instruments

 

How to Restring an Acoustic Guitar

 

1. Ready your strings

Ideal strings:

  • Brass: has a bright and cutting sound
  • Phosphor bronze: has a warmer sound which is best for mellow tones

Top 5 Acoustic Guitar Strings: Best Wires [2020] | Equipboard

 

2.  Loosen the Strings

Lay down your acoustic guitar on flat surfaces like the floor, tables, and even your lap.

Loosen the guitar strings using the Guitar Winder 

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3. Cut the old strings 

Don't pull anything yet, cut the old strings in the middle.

acoustic guitar cut strings

 

4. Pull out strings from tuning pegs

Pull out from the pegs only and not from the bridge pins yet.

pull out strings of acoustic guitar

 

5. Remove bridge pins and remove strings

There are no bridge pins on the electric guitar. So we will pull the strings out at the back of the guitar. It looks like a battery container but it has holes where the strings are.

acoustic guitar remove bridge pins

 

6. Clean your acoustic guitar

It's important to clean your guitar first before adding the strings so you can clean it entirely.

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7. Insert new strings in the bridge holes

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8. Insert in the tuning pegs and secure it

Make sure that all the holes are facing down the neck, Insert them in the tuning pegs. Twist and secure them tightly to have a stronghold. Do it with the rest of the strings. Secure with Guitar winder

insert strings

 

9. Use the Guitar Tuner

The guitar tuning patterns are E2–A2–D3–G3–B3–E4.  Using a guitar tuner is faster and more reliable.

How to Use a Guitar Tuner | Modern Jamming

 

 

 



How to Restring an Electric Guitar

 

1. Ready your strings

Stainless steel strings make great music - Nijen Stainless

Ideal types:

  • Stainless steel have a bright sound but has a high noise along fingers and frets.
  • Nickel-plated steel lessens finger and fret noise. It has a mellow sound, resistant to corrosion 
  • Pure Nickel strings or FlatWound are best for jazz and blues. They are soft, smooth and has warm tone.
 

2. Position your Electric Guitar


Electric guitar on wooden table free image download

Just like the acoustic guitar,  lay down your electric guitar on flat surfaces like the floor, tables, and even your lap.

 

3. Loosen and Remove the Strings

Loosen the guitar strings first using the Guitar Winder and remove the strings.

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4. Cut the old strings before pulling out

Using the Guitar String Cutter, immediately cut the old strings one by one

already cut the strings befre pulling out-2

 

5. Unwind the old strings

Reverse twist them to remove the old string from the tuning pegs

unwind the old strings from the tuning pegs

 

6. Pull the other old strings 

There are no bridge pins on the electric guitar. So we will pull the strings out at the back of the guitar. It looks like a battery container but it has holes where the strings are.

back of the electric guitar

 

7. Clean Acoustic Guitar

Wipe your guitar with Cleaning Spray and Cloth. It's important to clean your guitar first before adding the strings so you can clean it entirely.

 

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8. Insert new strings 

Prepare the new strings, and insert them one by one in the holes at the back of the guitar.

insert new string at the back of the electric guitar

 

9. Insert new strings in the tuning pegs

Same with the acoustic guitar, insert them in the tuning pegs. Twist and secure them tightly to have a strong hold. Do it with the rest of the strings.

attach the string in the turning pegs

 

10. Cut the excess guitar strings

Guitar strings are bought in long length. Cut the excess length to make it comfortable to use.  Do it with the rest of the strings

How to cut guitar strings - Quora

 

11. Use the Guitar Tuner

The guitar tuning patterns are E2–A2–D3–G3–B3–E4.  Using a guitar tuner is faster and more reliable.

How to Use a Guitar Tuner | Modern Jamming

 

 

How to Restring a Ukulele

 

1. Choose your set of strings

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It has 5 types of strings:

  • Nylon strings: has a mellow and warm tone. 
  • Fluorocarbon strings: has a brighter tone than nylon strings.
  • Steel strings: some ukuleles can have steel strings for bright and ringing tones but are best for guitar and bass guitar. 
  • Wound nylon strings: has richer sound and are commonly used for baritone or tenor ukuleles.
  • Wound metal strings: similar to wound nylon strings, but has to metal sounds like steel strings. useful if you want your ukulele to sound like a guitar.
 

2. Loosen and Remove the Strings

Loosening the ukulele strings is the easiest because of its small size. Use the guitar unwinder and remove the strings.

unwind ukulele

 

3. Cut the old strings and remove them

Using the Guitar String Cutter, cut the strings to save time. You can already remove the strings because they do not have bridge pins.

 cut the strings to save time

 

4. Clean Ukulele

Wipe your guitar with Cleaning Spray and Cloth. It's important to clean your guitar first before adding the strings so you can clean it entirely.

Thalia Guitar Polishing Cloth - The Best Guitar Polishing ClothsAmazon.com: D'Addario Shine Guitar Spray : Musical Instruments

 

5. Insert new strings and tied them

Because they do not have bridge pins like the acoustic guitar, we can just tie the strings like this and it will be secured in place. 

tie the ukulele strings

 

6. Insert the strings in the tuning pegs 

Insert the string in the tuning pegs and use the guitar winder. Also cut the excess length of strings.

Insert the string in the tuning pegs and use the guitar winder

 

7. Use a Ukulele Tuner

The Ukulele pattern is G-C-E-A. Use the Ukulele Tuner to help you get the right pitch.

use a guitar tuner for Ukulele

 

 

How to Restring an Acoustic Bass

 

1. Choose your acoustic bass strings

Acoustic Bass has 4 types of strings:

  •  Flatwounds have a mellow sound similar to jazz and vintage rock. They are smooth on your fingers and easy on frets.
  • Tapewounds have nylon layers wrapped around steel. They are silkier than flatwounds and have a dark sound. 
  • Roundwounds are the most popular strings on rock and funk. They are  vibrant, and ringing because are wrapped in stainless steel or nickel. They are also a bit rough on fingers.
  • Half rounds are essentially roundwounds that have a flattened surface. They are less st bright-sounding like roundwounds, but they are brighter than flatwounds and tapewounds.

Round Wound Vs. Flat Wound Strings: What Is The Difference?|Strings Direct

 

2. Loosen your Acoustic Bass strings

Acoustic Bass are similar to Acoustic guitars but differs with the number of strings and the string types. Like in Acoustic guitar, loosen the strings of your acoustic bass with guitar winder

D'Addario Ergonomic Bass Guitar Peg Winder:Musical Instruments

 

 

3. Cut the old strings and remove them

Using the Guitar String Cutter, cut the strings to save time. You can already remove the strings because they do not have bridge pins.

 Cut Acoustic Bass Strings

 

4. Wipe your guitar with Cleaning Spray and Cloth

It's important to clean your guitar first before adding the strings so you can clean it entirely.

Thalia Guitar Polishing Cloth - The Best Guitar Polishing ClothsAmazon.com: D'Addario Shine Guitar Spray : Musical Instruments

 

5. Insert new strings at the side of the bridge area.

Acoustic basses do not have Bridge Pins like acoustic guitars.  So we insert the new string in this Bridge area. 

Acoustic Basses do not have Bridge Pins like Acoustic Guitars

 

6. Insert new strings in tuning pegs

Insert acoustic bass strings in the tuning pegs. Use the Guitar winder to secure the strings and cut the excessive length of the strings.

Insert acoustic bass strings in the tuning pegs

 

7. Use a Bass Tuner

 

The bass tuning pattern is E1–A1–D2–G2. Use the bass tuner to have a correct pattern 

Use a Bass Tuner

 

 

 

How to Restring an Electric Bass

 


1. Choose your acoustic bass strings


Round Wound Vs. Flat Wound Strings: What Is The Difference? | Strings Direct

Electric bass has 3 types of strings:

  • Stainless steel - has a piano-like tone which are resistant to corrosion. common for rock and metal players,
  • Pure nickel - has a soft, warm and vintage tones. Common among country and soul players.
  • Nickel plated steel - has a powerful and warm tone. Can be used among all genres

 

2. Loosen the strings

Loosen the strings with your guitar winder. 

D'Addario Ergonomic Bass Guitar Peg Winder:Musical Instruments

 

3.  Remove old strings from tuning pegs

 

Using the Guitar String Cutter, cut the strings to save time. You can already remove the old strings from the tuning pegs.

 cut the electric guitar strings

 

4. Remove the old strings

This is what the back of the electric bass looks like. They are just holes. They are not like the battery-like appearance of the electric guitar. Pull the old strings from this area.

back of the electric bass

 

 

 

5. Cleaning with Spray and Cloth

It's important to clean your guitar first before adding the strings so you can clean it entirely. Wipe your guitar with spray and cloth

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6. Prepare your new strings 

Prepare your new strings and insert them at the back of the electric bass.

Insert New Srtings

 

 

7. Cut the excessive length

Insert acoustic bass strings in the tuning pegs. Use the Guitar winder to secure the strings and cut the excessive length of the strings.

cut the excess of the electric bass

 

 

8. Insert in Tuning Peg and use a Guitar Winder

Insert string inside the tuning peg and then use a Guitar Winder to twist and secure everything in place

Insert in Tuning Peg and use a Guitar Winder

 

 

9) Tune your electric bass

 

The bass tuning pattern is E1–A1–D2–G2. The a bass tuner to help you get the accurate sound

Use a Bass Tuner

 

 

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