What to do when a string breaks
Playing the guitar is a fantastic hobby, but it’s a bummer when a string decides to break. Don’t worry – this is a common problem, and fixing it is a straightforward process. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to replace a broken acoustic guitar string easily.
Step 1: Remove the broken string
The first step is to remove the broken string. Start by loosening the tuning peg at the top of the guitar until the string is slack enough to remove from the bridge. Then, unravel the broken string from the bridge pin, and finally, remove it from the tuning peg.
Step 2: Choose the right replacement string
Now that you have the broken string removed, it’s time to choose the replacement. Acoustic guitar strings come in different gauges or thicknesses, and it’s essential to select the appropriate gauge as it will affect the guitar’s sound. You can consult a guitar specialist, music shop employee or check your owner’s manual to find out the recommended gauge for your guitar.
Step 3: Install the new string
After you have selected the right gauge replacement string, it’s time to install it. Starting from the bridge, thread the string through the pinhole, and hold the pin in place. Then loop or bend the top part of the string back, so that it points to the tuning peg. Insert the other end of the string into the corresponding hole on the tuning peg, and slowly tighten the string using your tuning key. Continue tightening until the string is properly in tune.
Step 4: Tune the guitar
As you replace each string, it’s important to tune the guitar to ensure it sounds great. Usually, new strings have less flexibility than the old ones, so it may take a few attempts to tune each replacement string to its right pitch. Once each string is correctly tuned, you’re good to go.
Conclusion: Maintain your guitar regularly
Replacing a broken string is a quick and easy process, but it’s not the only maintenance task you should carry out. Regular cleaning, tuning, and restringing will help keep your guitar in good condition and extend its lifespan. And remember, if you’re unsure of anything, it’s always a good idea to consult an expert in your local music store.