Steps to Changing Guitar Strings – Electric & Acoustic

Changing your guitar strings can be a difficult undertaking if you are a beginner and are not sure what you are doing. Many beginners frown upon the idea and usually pay professionals to change their strings. But why? With the proper guidance and practice, you can be changing your strings in no time and save a lot of money in the process. I have included two excellent videos below that will provide you with all the necessary instructions on both an acoustic and electric guitar.

The most important part of the string changing process is the strings. Make certain you purchase quality guitar strings. It really isn’t worth it to save a bit of money on poor quality strings as it will adversely affect your playing experience.

Acoustic Guitar Strings

For acoustic guitar, my favorite strings are from Martin and I prefer the medium weight strings. They produce a wonderful sound. They are quite strong and can stand up to my heavy playing. I do not personally like light strings. They are much easier to play, but I do not like the sound they produce. If you are just starting out however, and have not built up enough strength in your hands and have not developed callouses, then you may have to use light strings for a while. Once your hands are stronger and you have developed callouses, you can then upgrade to medium strings. It really is a matter of personal preference though. I had to experiment with a bunch of different strings before I found the ones that I am most comfortable with.

Here are the strings I currently use and absolutely love:
Martin M150 80/20 Bronze Round Wound Medium Acoustic Strings

Electric Guitar Strings

For electric guitar strings, I prefer D’Addario. I have been using this brand of strings ever since I began playing electric guitar and have never felt the need to look elsewhere. As far as the thickness of the the strings are concerned, the same holds true for electric guitar as does the acoustic guitar. A thicker string is going to produce a better quality sound but it is going to be more difficult to play, so again, I like to use a medium weight string with electric as well. You have to experiment with electric guitar strings as well to find the one you are most comfortable with. I hope this at least gives you a good starting point on choosing the right strings.

Here are the electric guitar strings I currently use and love:
D'Addario EXL116 XL Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom

Now on to the changing guitar strings videos:

Steps to Changing Guitar Strings on the Acoustic Guitar

Learn how to change your acoustic guitar strings the pro way with Justin Sandercoe.

Part 1


Part 2



Steps to Changing Guitar Strings on the Electric Guitar

Learn how to change your electric guitar strings the pro way with Justin Sandercoe.

Part 1



Part 2




These videos were created by one of my favorite guitar teachers on YouTube, Justin Sandercoe. Justin is an excellent teacher.

I highly recommend you visit Justin’s YouTube Profile for more awesome video lessons like the ones below:

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Be sure to also check out his website by following the link below. On Justin’s site you can learn more about him as well as find more great lessons!

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I hope you enjoyed this beginner guitar lesson on how to change your guitar strings. Just take your time and practice and it will become second nature.

Comments

2 Comments on "Steps to Changing Guitar Strings – Electric & Acoustic"

  1. Sara on Thu, 3rd Sep 2009 10:05 pm 

    I loved this video, it was alot more helpful than the one I have. And it was very clear in the instructions

  2. olan o on Fri, 19th Mar 2010 4:09 pm 

    WAOH I LOVE THIS TUTORIAL THIS VIDEO IS 5 STAR I NOW FOUND IT MORE EASIER IN TONING AND CHANGING MY GUITAR STRING, KEEP IT STRONG AND KEEP POSTING MORE TUTORIAL AM REALY HAVING FUN WITH, GOD BLESS MAN.
    THANKS A MILLIONS TIME

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