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Restringing your guitar

Re-stringing your guitar regularly is essential to ensure you are making the most out of your instrument. Bronze-wound strings dull over time and become more difficult to play, while silver-wound strings tarnish, become weaker and are prone to breaking or slipping out of tune.

We offer a re-stringing service in both of our shops, for any type of guitar. The prices are:

FULL RE-STRING:                          £10 + String cost

FULL RE-STRING & CLEANUP:      £14 + String cost

FULL SERVICE:                              £20 + String cost

£5 extra charge for basses, 12-strings, locking trems

SINGLE RE-STRING:                        £2 + String cost

TUNING HEAD REPLACEMENT:         From £24.95

STRAPLOCK REPLACEMENT:           From £9.50

 HUMIDIFIER TREATMENT (OVERNIGHT):     £8.00

 (Set-ups, adjustments & other services also available)

 

If you'd rather have a go yourself, check out our guide to repairing a broken steel (ball-end) string below. Strings are available to purchase here.

Instructions

  • STEP 1: Remove the broken string by popping out the pin on the bridge and unwinding it from the head. Discard the string.
  • STEP 2: Thread the ball end of a new string through the bridge and secure it with the pin.
  • STEP 3: Stretch the new string up the neck, into the nut and through the eye of the tuning machine on the head of the guitar.
  • STEP 4: Sharply bend the string to help hold it in place on the peg.
  • STEP 5: Turn the tuning peg counterclockwise to tighten the string. Turn it at least one rotation. Make sure you don't turn it too tight.
  • STEP 6: While you turn the tuning peg, apply light pressure to the pin to keep it from popping out as tension develops.
  • STEP 7: Pull the string with your thumb and index finger to stretch the new string, then turn the tuning peg a bit to retighten it.
  • STEP 8: Use wire cutters to snip off the excess string, leaving about 1 or 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm).
  • STEP 9: Tune the new string to the other strings or to a guitar tuner.
 

Overall Tips & Warnings

  • To keep the sound of your guitar crisp and bright, change the strings every three months, more often if you play it a lot. Pros change their strings once a week.
  • Most electric guitars require that you thread the string through a hole in the back side of the body to the bridge. Thread the string through the tuning peg as you would on an acoustic guitar.