Introduction

There are many different styles of tuners and bridges, therefore, many different methods of replacing the strings. This Starcaster has a string-through bridge and standard in-line tuners, so the string changing process is fairly simple.

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Start by loosening the strings. This is done by turning the tuning knob until the string has lost tension. Repeat this for all six strings on the guitar. Repeat this for all six strings on the guitar.
  • Start by loosening the strings. This is done by turning the tuning knob until the string has lost tension.

  • Repeat this for all six strings on the guitar.

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Be mindful of the string ends. They may be sharp and could puncture your skin. It may be necessary to use pliers to remove string ends from the tuning peg.
  • Be mindful of the string ends. They may be sharp and could puncture your skin.

  • It may be necessary to use pliers to remove string ends from the tuning peg.

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After removing the strings from the tuning pegs, slide the strings through the bridge and out of the back of the guitar. If the twists in the string ends are in the way, use wire cutters to snip them off. This will allow the heavier strings to pass through the bridge easier. If the twists in the string ends are in the way, use wire cutters to snip them off. This will allow the heavier strings to pass through the bridge easier.
  • After removing the strings from the tuning pegs, slide the strings through the bridge and out of the back of the guitar.

  • If the twists in the string ends are in the way, use wire cutters to snip them off. This will allow the heavier strings to pass through the bridge easier.

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Take any one of the new strings and slide it through the appropriate bridge hole. The replacement strings used on this guitar were "Regular Slinky" by Ernie Ball, which is a 10 gauge string set. 6th String: E - 46 Gauge
  • Take any one of the new strings and slide it through the appropriate bridge hole.

    • The replacement strings used on this guitar were "Regular Slinky" by Ernie Ball, which is a 10 gauge string set.

  • 6th String: E - 46 Gauge

  • 5th String: A - 36 Gauge

  • 4th String: D - 26 Gauge

  • 3rd String: G - 17 Gauge

  • 2nd String: B - 13 Gauge

  • 1st String: E - 10 Guage

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Lay the string parallel to the guitar's neck and directly over the appropriate tuning peg. Measure a "three finger's length" (about 1.5") on the string passed the tuning peg. Make a sharp bend in the string at where you measured 1.5" passed the tuning peg.
  • Lay the string parallel to the guitar's neck and directly over the appropriate tuning peg.

  • Measure a "three finger's length" (about 1.5") on the string passed the tuning peg.

  • Make a sharp bend in the string at where you measured 1.5" passed the tuning peg.

  • Turn the tuning peg until the string hole faces perpendicular to the guitar's neck.

  • Feed the bent string into the tuning peg until the bend meets the tuning post.

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Make another sharp bend in the string on the outside of the tuning post. Turn the tuning key counter clockwise while applying light pressure to the string on the inside of the post. Wrapping the string around the post will help the string stay in-tune longer.
  • Make another sharp bend in the string on the outside of the tuning post.

  • Turn the tuning key counter clockwise while applying light pressure to the string on the inside of the post.

  • Wrapping the string around the post will help the string stay in-tune longer.

  • If the wraps of the string around the post start to roll over the top of the post, hold them down while still turning the post.

  • Continue turning the post until at least 2 full wraps of the string have been made around the post.

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Snip the excess string off from the post with a wire cutter (leaving at least half an inch of string left). Snip the excess string off from the post with a wire cutter (leaving at least half an inch of string left).
  • Snip the excess string off from the post with a wire cutter (leaving at least half an inch of string left).

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Continue installing strings using the the same method described in the last few steps. The last four strings (the D, G, B, and E strings), must be guided underneath the two "string trees" in the center of the headstock. String Tree for the D and G strings
  • Continue installing strings using the the same method described in the last few steps.

  • The last four strings (the D, G, B, and E strings), must be guided underneath the two "string trees" in the center of the headstock.

  • String Tree for the D and G strings

  • String Tree for the B and E strings

  • Tune the strings to your desired pitch and your guitar is ready to play!

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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