How to Change Acoustic Guitar Strings

Guitar Strings and Changing Them

There are so many factors that go into buying a guitar. Generally, you decide on a size (Dreadnaught, OM, Grand Concert, etc), wood combination (Sitka, Engelmann, Mahogany, Rosewood, etc) and then figure out which manufacturer has your guitar in your price range. But as discussed earlier, there are many factors that contribute to a guitars tone. Woods, bracing, scale length are just a couple of them.

One factor that often gets overlooked is strings. Dead strings can kill even the most expensive guitar. But new strings can also have a positive or negative impact on tone. New strings can range in price from as little as $5, to as much as $40, a set.

There a medium gauge strings, which are great for strumming. Light gauge strings, which make barre chords and fingerstyle, play a little easier. Further, you can get hybrid sets, which have both medium and light gauge strings. Do you get coated or uncoated strings?

The best way to figure out what works for your guitar, your style of play, and the type of tone you want, is to try as many brands and types as possible. It can be a fun way to get the most out of your guitar.

For those new to playing, you may be intimidated by changing your own strings. There are many different methods people use to change strings. Here are 2 very common ways:

The Martin method:

The Taylor Method

If you’re undecided about what strings to try next, stop in the shop and ask us. We’ll be happy to discuss some of the characteristics of the different sets.