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Tune an Electric Guitar

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Read our last post on how to tune an acoustic guitar.

Professional music instrument players need only a few seconds to tune their guitar to the perfect mode as they have many years of experience about the right positioning of strings.

But the fact is that even beginners can complete this task with ease. Before playing the guitar to its best sound effects, it is really essential to spend a few minutes on its accurate tuning. Below you will find some of the essential guidelines for tuning an electric guitar to its peak performance.

Step 1:

Start with the sixth string that is denoted with letter E. As it is the thickest string in the list and stays on the bottom side below all other strings so it is good to start with this string first.

It is desired to bring this string position to maximum accuracy to produce the best music. In case you need some help to complete the tuning task then there are a few other musical instruments like a piano etc that can assist you better.

Step 2:

Now go for a fifth string that is denoted by letter A. Simply put your index finger over the fifth fret that stays on the bottom of the sixth string and then pluck the fifth string to adjust it to the desired position. Slowly adjust its tuning peg till the time both these strings produce perfect sound.

Step 3:

It is time to pick the fourth string denoted by the letter D. Simply put the index finger on fifth fret and then pluck tune the fifth and fourth string together to bring out the best sound effects.

Step 4:

Go for the third string that is the G string. Start tuning it by placing your index finger near the D string and then create a harmony of the third string with the fourth and fifth string.

Step 5:

The second string is denoted by B and in order to tune this, you need to put the index finger on fourth fret and then tune the second string to the perfect note. Here is an interesting thing to know; the second tring is the only string in your electric guitar that is tuned with reference to the fourth string fret otherwise the rest of all of strings are tuned as per the fifth fret.

Step 6:

Now go to the last string and to begin with its tuning, you need to put your index finger on the fifth fret of the B string. The first string is the thinnest string and it must be tuned carefully. Complete the tuning task by testing all strings for their standard sound effects.

With all these steps, the tuning task may appear quite simple to do and the fact is that it doesn’t even take much time to complete the process.

The best idea is to use another good quality musical instrument to compare the sound so that tuning process can achieve standard results.

When you have a good quality instrument for comparison then it is much easier to ensure higher accuracy.

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How to Change Electric Guitar Strings

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After several hours and sessions of playing your electric guitar, you will need to change your electric guitar strings. The strings will eventually become dirty or start to sound dull or it’s possible you will break a string or two during playing.

This post will explain the process for removing your old electric guitar strings and fastening new strings to your guitar. You shouldn’t need more than 10-15 minutes to properly change your guitar strings.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Wire Clippers
  • String Winder
  • Guitar Strings

The first step is to loosen the tension of the guitar strings. This is done with your string winder tool. If you don’t have a string winder tool you should be able to purchase one at your local music store or online at Amazon or another retailer.

Then use your wire clippers to clip the strings in half across the middle of the guitar. Then unwind the old strings from the pins of the electric guitar.

Then remove the back plate and pull the bottom half of the old strings through the back of the guitar. You can now dispose of all of the pieces of the old guitar strings.

Now is a good time to inspect your fret board and perhaps wipe it down and clean it if it is dirty at all. If your fret board is in good condition, you can move forward with changing the electric guitar strings.

It’s time to change the strings. We recommend Fender® strings but any manufacturer will do. The packaging will indicate what guitar models the strings can be used on and how to re-string the guitar so keep the package handy during this project.

Flip your electric guitar over and string the bottom string through the open back plate. Pull each additional string through the back plate and up to the machine head. Now it is time to secure the guitar strings in place.

Start with the bottom string and pull it two machine heads past the pin you will fasten it to and cut the wire with your wire clippers. Now slide the string through the pin and then use your string winder to turn the pin and fasten the wire. Repeat this process with each string. If needed, trim off excess pieces of string using your wire clippers for a clean machine head after the strings are in place.

After all of the strings are in place you will need to tune your guitar to pitch. We will publish a post in the near future on how to tune your guitar to pitch but in the meantime we have included a helpful YouTube video from Fender that offers the necessary instructions to successfully tune your electric guitar.

Your new electric guitar strings should last through several hours of playing unless you break a string. If you change your strings correct there is less chance of that occurring and it is more likely you will not need to change the strings again for a couple of months depending on the amount of time you play your electric guitar.

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