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How To String an Electric Guitar

Watch more Guitar for Beginners videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to string an electric guitar with these instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Never remove all six strings at the same time, which disrupts the balance of tension, making it necessary to reset the guitar's neck, or adjust the bridge. Step 1: Remove the string Rotate the tuning peg to unwind the popped or old string, and extract it from the tuning peg. Using the wire cutters, snip off the crimped part of the string, throw it away, and slip the rest of the string off the guitar, being careful not to let the tip of the string scratch the finish. Throw the old string away. Tip Use a string winder to unwind the string quickly. Step 2: Get the new string ready Remove and unravel the new string from your pack. Check the package to make sure you're using the correct gauge string. Step 3: Line up the tuning peg with the neck Stand the guitar up on its end. Turn the tuning key so that the hole in the tuning peg is in line with the neck -- not perpendicular to it. Step 4: Thread the string Thread the tip of the nonball end of the string through the tailpiece, over the bridge (making sure it's in the proper groove in the bridge piece), up the neck, and over the nut. Anchor the string under the correct tree, if your guitar has them. Thread the end of the string through the hole of the tuning peg, from the top. Tip Some electric guitars require you to begin threading the string through the back of the guitar. Step 5: Tighten the string Hold the string against the nut, leaving a few inches of slack. Turn the tuning key three to four times away from the headstock, allowing the slack end of the string to tighten. Do not tighten too much, which could cause the string to break. Step 6: Snip the end Crimp the end of the string at a right angle away from the headstock, a half-inch from the tuning peg, and cut the string a half-inch past the crimp. Step 7: Tune the string Tune the string, either by ear or by using a tuner. Tip "Bend" the string up and down on each fret as you're tuning to help break it in. Step 8: Move on to the next string Once your string is in tune, cut any excess string and move on to the next one. Did You Know? Did you know? Instruments resembling the guitar have existed for more than 4,000 years.
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