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Guitar Basics, Part 1: How to Change Strings on an Electric Guitar

Here’s a video that shows you just how easy it is.

Welcome to Part 1 of a new series of blogs for newcomers to guitar and bass.

When you first bought your electric guitar, it came with a brand-new, shiny set of strings. However, after awhile, you may notice that the sound of your guitar is getting dull, and your fingers don’t slide over the fretboard quite as easily as they used to. Time to change your strings! If you’re new to guitar, this may seem somewhat intimidating, but it’s actually quite simple.

The video below explains how to restring a wraparound electric guitar. (The term “wraparound” refers to a common type of bridge — the metal component down at the bottom of your guitar that anchors and supports the strings.) All you need is a new set of strings, a wire cutter (most pliers will do that too), a clip-on tuner such as the Yamaha GCT1 and optionally, a peg winder (an inexpensive guitar accessory that helps speed up the process).

Click here for Part Two: How to Change Strings on an Acoustic Guitar

Click here to find out more about Yamaha guitars and basses.

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