Your strings are discolored, your guitar is starting to sound dull, you’re having trouble keeping your instrument in tune; you don’t have to wait until all of your strings break to change your strings. But maybe you’ve been waiting because you’re not sure how to do it right. them, but if they do, we have you covered.

When to Change Your Strings
The CF Martin experts give guidance on when.

Changing Acoustic Strings
The team at CF Martin shows you how to change the strings on a steel string.

Changing Classical Strings
D’Addario has advice on changing classical strings and using a peg winder to make things easier.

Changing Electric Guitar Strings
Fender shows you how to change electric strings, measure the string length, and use a peg winder.

String Tension and Gauge
There are so many gauges of strings out there because so many guitarist want different amounts of tension and expression. According to D’Addario, “If you want to change the tuning of one string, you should try to select a string gauge that will offer a similar tension to the string you are replacing”. D’Addario’s String Tension 101 will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the subject.

How Are Guitar Strings Made Anyway?
If you really want to know, this video will show you what goes into making a string.

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