There is more than one way to restring a guitar. If you’re currently having issues doing so, no worries—you’re not alone. It’s all about finding a method that works for you and your guitar.
Before we begin, here are some tools that you’ll need:
Polish cloth and cleaner
Next, follow the 5 easy steps in this article or check out our instructional video. You’ll be restringing your guitar in no time!
I’ve found myself traveling more and more these days, but airport security can be a pain in the neck when carrying a guitar. I thought I’d point out a few tips for everyone, whether you’re just learning to play the guitar or are a seasoned pro:
1. Don’t take tools
I know, I know, the tools necessary to change your strings are right in your case/gig bag so you can remember where they are and they’re handy. When you go through airport security count on not having those tools any longer. They will make you throw away those nice pair of wire-cutters. So do yourself a favor and go through the pockets in your bag/case and take just what you need. Truthfully, even a spare set of strings might get flagged.
2. Play your electric acoustically
Depending on your skill level, you might be a person that practices without amplification most of the time. That’s perfectly fine. It’s a great way to really hear the resonance of your guitar. I was told a long time ago the way to really tell if an electric is going to sound good through an amp is to play it acoustically first.
3. Headphone amp
If you do want to amplify, take a headphone amp designed for guitar – like the VOX headphone amp we sell. I used it a couple of months ago on a trip to NYC and it was great. The tone is fantastic and my iPod ear buds plug right in. Battery life is long and it’s small and handy. Now I take it everywhere I go.