The first string to wear out with classroom use is usually the D or 4th string, followed by the A or 5th string and E or 6th string. Changing the bass strings on your class guitars more often will brighten the sound in the room. Bulk single strings can be purchased from a variety of GAMA companies.

All the strings can be changed at the beginning of the year or before calendar breaks, or as part of a classroom lesson on re-stringing guitars. Purchase a dozen string winders to make this easier. Demonstrate how to tie the strings on the bridge and check each student’s first attempt. I use a large wooden block that I have drilled a hole in to simulate a bridge, and a rope to demonstrate from the front of the class the procedure for tying classic strings to the bridge. (Ball end strings are also available).

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