How to Change Classical Guitar Strings

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When changing classical guitar strings, it's important to note that technique is different for the higher, or unwound strings, than it is for the wound strings. Discover how the unwound strings need more support for slipping than wound strings with help from a guitar repairman in this free video on changing classical guitar strings.

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Hey everybody, this is Jacob Sharp with Sharp Guitar Works. Real quickly we are just going to show you how to string your classical guitar. We have got, I have already attached four of the six strings. Technique is slightly different for the higher or unwound strings than it is for the wound strings, so we will do one of each. So we are going to come in from the neck side through the hole in the bridge, come out the back, loop it over like so. Then you are going to turn it over the excess there, a full link, then you are just going to do a simple go through like that and put the left over at the back of the bridge, and then pull. You see that, and you will pull in tight, and it will tighten itself up on the block there. So we have got just a small hole in the roller here. You are going to put it through that hole, and this is the wound string, which doesn't need as much support as the unwound string. And then I am going to cheat using my turbo tuner. Get it twisting, make a nice even row of windings right there. Just like that. So now we are going to put on the high E string. Only slightly different than the wound strings, because they need a little more support for slipping and what not for staying in tune. So same thing we are coming from the neck end, through the hole in that side of the bridge, out the back, and now instead of just going once like on the wound string we will just go through twice. So you're coming around like so, then back in through the hole, once, twice. So it is a bit longer on the coiling here. Give it a pull to snug it down. Back up here, and on the unwound strings you are going to go more like six inches, you need a little bit more wrapped around the roller when you are done. And it is also slightly different up here. You are going to go through once, come back up through, and go through again for the high strings. In fact I am going to go through twice, this feels a little loose. So I am actually going through three times through the same hole just to have a little stability on your tuning once you start out tuning it. Other than that the same idea back here. Then you just tune your guitar up like normal. The one thing on classical strings they will continue to stretch for a good week or so. So after you get them on, a good idea to stretch it yourself to kind of hurry that process up, so you can get in tune as quickly as possible. And I just do that by a little pinch like this on each string, and that will take the pitch down, and you will have to re-tune. You will re-tune several times, but in about a week or so you will be solid.

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