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How to change the strings of a classical guitar or Spanish guitar

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Change the strings of your classical guitar or Spanish guitar It is essential to preserve the sound and performance of our six-string friend. We just need a little practice and, above all, patience.

In this post we are going to explain to you, it will take you step by step through the process of changing the strings of your Spanish or classical guitar.

Get the necessary materials

To carry out this task, we need to have the following equipment:

  • A set of new strings for Spanish or classical guitar. Here it will depend on you rope type that best suits your way of playing.
  • A rope cutter or pliers.
  • A screwdriver or Allen wrench (depending on the type of headstock your guitar has).
  • A clean cloth.
  • A tuner.

Remove old strings

This will be the first part and if you have ever changed strings to a acoustic guitar, you will see that it is very similar. We will have to loosen the pegs counterclockwise so that the pegs loosen. Depending on the type of guitar you have, it will cost you more or less.

Once the strings are loose enough, we will cut them near the bridge of the guitar. Remove them carefully so as not to damage our classical guitar or Spanish guitar.

A facelift to our classical guitar

Before we start putting on the new strings, dry your sweating of the hands and give your guitar a once-over with a cloth to remove dust and possible residue from the old strings. We will put special focus on the spaces under the bridge and around the headstock.

Introduce the strings of the classical or Spanish guitar

Our recommendation is that you start with the sixth string. So insert the lowest string into the hole in the bridge that corresponds to it. Don’t miss that the metal ball at the end of the rope is fixed inside the bridge.

Next, bring the end of the string up and over the nut to the headstock. Insert the end of the rope into the corresponding peg and begin turning it clockwise to tighten the rope. When the rope is left coiled on the pegkeep in mind to leave room for string slack to facilitate tuning.

Repeat this step for each of the remaining strings, inserting them into the corresponding bridge holes and pegs.

Tuning and stretching the strings

Once all the strings are in place, play tune the Spanish or classical guitar. For this, it is advisable to use a digital tuner. Follow the order that we mentioned in the previous point, starting with the lowest strings and so on.

After tuning each string, gently pull it up and away from the fretboard. This will help stretch the string and stabilize your tuning. Repeat this process several times for each string, retuning it after each stretch.

We trim the excess rope

Using the string cutter or pliers, we cut off the excess string on the pegs. Leave about a centimeter of rope left over to prevent it from slipping.

In summary

cchange the strings of a Spanish or classical guitar It may seem challenging at first, but with practice and patience, you will discover it to be a simple task. Remember to gather the necessary materials, follow the steps carefully, and pay attention to the details. Keep your new strings clean and change them periodically to maintain the best sound and performance of your guitar.

Now you are ready to enjoy your Spanish guitar or classical guitar with fresh strings!

Don’t forget to take a look at this one piece of video to help you even more in this maintenance process of your six-string friend. All the best!

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