How to Attach Homemade Guitar Strings

Using your own homemade guitar strings provides you with an original guitar sound that is more difficult to achieve with commercial pre-made strings. The only difference between homemade and commercial strings is that you will have to cut the strings to the appropriate length by yourself. You should cut the strings only after you have tuned the guitar to the appropriate pitch, as this makes it possible to adjust each string as necessary to get the right pitch.

Step 1

Detach the original guitar strings from the guitar if they are still attached. Loosen the strings by turning the tuning peg on the neck to the left until the strings come free of the guitar. Pull out the small pin at the base of the bridge to remove the bottom portion of the string.

Step 2

Place the bottom portion of the string on the peg hole that is located at the base of the bridge. Tighten the string by securing the peg by pushing it in place or turning it to the right.

Step 3

Pull the string through the small hole in the top of the guitar. Pull the string until there is no more slack and turn the peg at the top of the neck until the tuning is correct.

Step 4

Bend the string at the back of the guitar neck to create a crease in the guitar string.

Step 5

Cut off any excess portion of the string with a pair of scissors.

Use a tuner to match the pitch of each string by turning the peg to the right if the string is tuned flat, or below the pitch; tune to the left if the string is tuned sharp, or above the pitch.

The lowest string should be an E. Since guitars have anywhere between six and 30 strings, check with your guitar manufacturer’s guide to locate the exact pitches.


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