Introduction

This guide gives step-by-step instructions for replacing strings in the most appropriate manner, ensuring that you can do some seriously righteous jamming on your New Yorker!

Place the mandolin on a firm, level surface with adequate lighting.
  • Place the mandolin on a firm, level surface with adequate lighting.

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Loosen the tuning nob.
  • Loosen the tuning nob.

  • Carefully remove the top end of string from the tuner in the mandolin head.

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Unhook the old string from the tail of the mandolin.
  • Unhook the old string from the tail of the mandolin.

  • Remove the string from the bottom.

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Select a new string, and then insert the bottom end of it through the bridge at the tail.
  • Select a new string, and then insert the bottom end of it through the bridge at the tail.

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Secure the string to the tail by looping it over the hook.
  • Secure the string to the tail by looping it over the hook.

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Pulling the string taut, bring its top end across the nut and into the tuning peg.
  • Pulling the string taut, bring its top end across the nut and into the tuning peg.

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Run the line through the tuning element at the head of the mandolin,  as pictured.  Be sure to pull the string away from the headstock.
  • Run the line through the tuning element at the head of the mandolin, as pictured. Be sure to pull the string away from the headstock.

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Pull the string down, towards the fretboard, and run the string underneath itself. Pull the string tight so that it wraps around the tuning peg.
  • Pull the string down, towards the fretboard, and run the string underneath itself.

  • Pull the string tight so that it wraps around the tuning peg.

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Pinch the string over itself to create a knot.
  • Pinch the string over itself to create a knot.

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Tighten the tuning nob until the desired tension is reached.
  • Tighten the tuning nob until the desired tension is reached.

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Clip off any excess string.
  • Clip off any excess string.

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Optional: Clip the electronic tuning device to the head of the mandolin; use the device to assist in fine-tuning your mandolin.
  • Optional: Clip the electronic tuning device to the head of the mandolin; use the device to assist in fine-tuning your mandolin.

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Commence rocking on with your Gretsch New Yorker!
  • Commence rocking on with your Gretsch New Yorker!

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