How To String a Guitar, Fast and Easy

guitar string winder

A good, basic guitar string winder costs about 6 bucks.

The fastest way to string a guitar?  With a String Winder of course.

What this magic little invention does is reduce the time you spend winding those everlasting string pegs.

What this tool does is fit over [most] guitar pegs, given they’re spaced out enough; once this is done you can easily wind your strings with a simple cranking motion.

But keep in mind even though you might be able to wind your strings like a boss, you want to be sure you’re making your effort worthwhile.

How To Wind Guitar Strings

The proper way to wind guitar strings depends on what kind of guitar head you’re dealing with.

With most guitars, you’re dealing with an extruding peg which you’ll see in the example below.

A common problem you’ll experience without the following knowledge is simply described as string slipping. The good news is there’s an easy solution that provides almost 100% against this.

Personally, I’ve had this happen in the middle of a decent sized gig; being the lead guitarist, having your high E string give out during a star solo/lick moment is the last thing you want to happen, especially when you know it could have been prevented.

stringing a guitar peg     

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Getting Started

So let’s get started.  The simplest way to look at this technique of stringing your guitar: Make your string wraps around the top of your excess string for your first revolution around the peg.

Every other revolution around the peg will be underneath the excess string. This creates a pinching effect, which will hold your string in place and help you avoid string slipping.

The picture to the left shows a more complicated way of preventing this slipping from occurring. Check out the video below for a quick way to learn this method; once you get good at it you can be sure to have the upper hand on the friction of your strings.


How to String an Electric Guitar For Dummies

Changing strings on an electric guitar is a vital skill for any guitarist. This video lesson shows how to replace a string on your electric guitar, regardless of string brand or gauge, and get back to playing music.



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