How to Change the Strings on an Ibanez Guitar

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Ibanez produces acoustic and electric guitars, as well as other products such as basses and electronic equipment. If you are the owner of an Ibanez guitar, you'll want to keep it in excellent playing condition by changing your strings every few months. Sometimes, you may need to change them more often, as frequent playing dulls the tone.

Things You'll Need

  • Ibanez guitar
  • Guitar strings
  • String winder
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Turn the tuning key that corresponds with the high E string in a counterclockwise direction until you can pull the string out of the hole on the key. Using a string winder can make this job much easier and quicker.

  • Pull the high E string out of your Ibanez electric by grasping it just behind the bridge and pulling the string through the hole on the bridge. Most Ibanez acoustic guitars have pegs that hold the strings in place at the bridge. In this case, you must pry the peg loose and remove it in order to pull the string out.

  • Guide the new high E string through the hole in the bridge and up toward the head of the guitar. If you have an acoustic with pegs, place the ball end of the string in the hole and push the peg in the hole on top of it. Hold the peg down as you pull the slack out of the string and lead it toward the head.

  • Thread the high E string through the hole in the high E tuning peg, being sure to leave about two inches out beyond the hole.

  • Hold the string firmly in one hand between the tuning peg and the neck of the guitar as you turn the tuning key in a clockwise direction. This will help to keep the string from slipping as you wind it.

  • Wind the string until it is taut. Again, the string winder is an enormously helpful tool for this.

  • Pluck the string to see if it is close to its intended pitch. Make adjustments by turning the tuning key to tighten or loosen the string until it is in tune.

  • Perform this process for the B, G, D, A, and low E strings as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's better to remove one old string at a time and replace it before you remove the next old string. Removing all the old strings at once can cause the guitar's neck to move slightly out of line because of the lack of tension.

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