Help me restring my acoustic guitar
I have an acoustic guitar I recently started playing after having it sit around in my basement for several years. It's never been restrung and I know it really needs it. I want to do it myself so I'll know how to restring it in the future. Now, I have some strings, but I'm not really sure how to go about this. I'm planning on looking up some tutorials online (or tutorial videos on YouTube) but if anyone has any firsthand advice, I'd love to hear it. Likewise if anyone has any good links to recommend, please share. Thanks so much!
The restringing clinic on frets.com is a great resource.
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Great video Ricochet!! Dan Erlewine is the man! He makes an excellent point about the bridge end of the strings.
On the tuner side, I lock all my strings about the way Dan locked the 'A' string.
Here's another example of that lock as far as I can tell: http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Musician/Guitar/Setup/SteelStrings/Stringing/ststringing2.html
The other tip I'd recommend is buy multiple sets of strings and change them often! :)
On my two acoustics, I've never needed a bridge pin puller. If a bridge pin is tight, I usually grip the strings with a pair of needle-nose pliers - and push the loosened old string TOWARD the bridge a little bit. At this point I can just use my fingers to pull the pins out.
If you haven't already purchased strings and want a recommendation I like these a lot on my dreadnought:
D'Addario Light .012-.053 Phosphor Bronze
UPC: 19954 12606
This is a great guide on changing acoustic strings
I've been restringing acoustics for years and I wrote an article on it not long ago http://ezinearticles.com/?Tips-on-How-to-Restring-a-Guitar&id=4791421