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Changing Strings on an Electric Guitar

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Removing the Old Guitar String
wrap and dispose old electric guitar string

wrap and dispose old string

Once you've completely loosened the string, unwind it from the tuning peg, and remove it from your guitar entirely. You may find it helpful to snip the string in half using your pliers, and remove it that way.

CAUTION: Only remove one string at a time! Removing all six strings at once dramatically changes the pressure exerted on the neck of the guitar. Relieving this pressure, and then quickly adding this pressure back by putting on a new set of strings can cause some serious problems for your instrument. Best to leave this to the pros.

Be careful with those old electric guitar strings! If left laying around, they can end up in the bottom of your foot, or stuck in your vacuum cleaner. To prevent accidental injury (or a serious repair bill), loosely wrap and immediately dispose of old electric guitar strings.

Take a moment now to clean the newly exposed areas of your guitar with a slightly damp cloth.

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