How to Re-string a 12-string Guitar
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Changing the strings on your 12-string guitar can be a real hassle. Read on to find out the simplest and most effective way to change your strings.
- Loosen and remove the low E (sixth) string and it's accompanying higher octave string.
- Using a soft cloth (and optional guitar-cleaning agent), polish the exposed portion of fretboard and headstock.
- Restring both strings, taking care to keep the higher octave string in the top (closest to you) position.
- Bring each string approximately 1-1/2 inches past it's appropriate tuning peg. Make a 90 degree angle bend in the string at this point. Feed the string through the tuning peg, up to the bent point.
- Bend the string at the point it protrudes from the tuning peg. This will hold the string in place as you tune it.
- Bring the strings into approximate tune. Since pitch will change somewhat as other strings are being changed, exact tuning is not required at this point.
- Using a pair of pliers, cut off the excess string, leaving approximately 1/4 of an inch of the string protruding from the tuning peg.
- Repeat steps one through seven for each of the remaining five string groups.
- Using a tuner, fine tune the pitch of each string. Standard tuning for the 12-string guitar is as follows: E(upper octave),E | A(u.o.),A | D(u.o.),D | G(u.o.),G | B(unison),B | E(unison),E
- Optionally, to relieve neck tension, a 12-string guitar can be tuned down a tone (D,D,G,G,C,C,F,F,A,A,D,D) and capo'd at the second fret.
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