String Installation Problems
String Installation Problems | Having problems tuning your guitar or keeping it in tune. Read through these string installation solutions.
While the installation of guitar strings can seem like an insurmountable task to the beginning guitarist, once you get the hang of it and have gone through several string changes, you will wonder what all the fuss is about.
Years back, music stores would put guitar strings on an instrument for free if you purchased the strings there.
They may or may not have been doing you a favor because as the owner of a guitar, you should learn how to do this yourself.
In today's market, if you take your guitar to a music store, they will probably be a charge for installing the strings on the guitar for you, as the practice of the freebie are going by the wayside.
After installing the strings on your guitar, you may encounter some problems with tuning, string breakage, intonation issues or other assorted problems associated with the improper installation of the strings.
As with anything there is a correct way and an incorrect way of doing things. If you are having problems read through these string installation tips to point you in the right direction to solving any string installation problems.
Classical Guitar: If you have not properly installed the strings on the tuning machine rollers, the strings will continually slip and you cannot keep the guitar tuned.
If the wound string has a "loop" on one end you should insert that end through the hole in the roller.
Next you should run the opposite end of the string through the loop.
Now when you tighten the strings, you no not have to worry about string slippage at the roller.
If the string does not have a loop for the wound strings, you should make sure you wind the string at least 5 to 6 complete revolutions around the rollers. As you do this, make sure you cross the string over itself a couple of times to "lock" it tightly.
Acoustic Guitar: Like the Classical Guitar above, there can be string slippage on the steel string guitar.
Both wound and plain strings should be wound several complete revolutions around the Tuning Machine Posts. For Wound Strings - Minimum of 3 complete revolutions. Plain Steel Strings - 6 complete revolutions.
Like the Classical Guitar, it is extremely important that when you install the strings, you make the strings cross over themselves of "lock" them tightly on the posts.
Another alternate method that works really well is to make the string end loop around the string to "lock" it into position. Refer to the photo above for this method. An advantage of this method is that it does not take as many string revolutions to complete the install.
Classical Guitar: Wound Strings should use a half-loop securement to the tie block of the bridge. It is absolutely critical that the as the string crosses under itself that is does so on the backside of the bridge.
As for the plain strings, not only do they need to cross over on the backside of the tie block, you should twist them around themselves at least 3 times and make sure the last cross-over takes place on the backside of the tie-block.
Acoustic Guitar: While not nearly as fussy or critical, there are still some precautions to be aware of.
Make sure that when you install the ball into the bridge pin hole, that you carefully install the bridge pin with the slot in the pin facing the guitar head and that the string runs in this groove.
Insert the ball into the hole and then the pin.
Gently pull the string while holding down the bridge pin with your opposite hand thumb.
Pull until you feel resistance. This means the string ball is seated against the bridge plate inside the guitar.
If you bridge pin is sticking up, apply enough pressure to press it back down into position.
String Installation Problems - Miscellaneous Issues: Now let's go into some fine-tuning issues with our guitars.
If you find that when you try to tune your guitar the strings do not travel smoothly through the nut, the strings will "jerk" and you can hear them make a sound when they do this.
This is a sure sign that either you need to lube your string slots in the nut, or the nut needs some adjustment to minimize the binding of the string in the string slot.
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