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.
- 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.