Restringing your Samick electric guitar correctly is a skill that will have lasting benefits. Restringing your own instrument will not only save money at the repair shop, but will help you become familiar with keeping it tuned and properly adjusted. Your Samick guitar is set up in a similar fashion to other electric guitars, so the skill is easily transferred to other makes and models. Installing new strings is not difficult, but there are certain tips and tricks that must be followed to ensure a professional-quality job.
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Things you need
- 2 bath towels
- Peg winder
- Guitar-string set
- Needle-nose pliers
- Wire cutters
Place the guitar with its back down on a flat, padded surface; a kitchen table or work bench covered with a bath towel is sufficient.
Roll up another towel and place it under the guitar's neck just below the string nut. The goal is to raise the tuning keys from the work surface to facilitate easy turning.
Place the peg winder on the tuning key of the thickest string (6th or low "E" string) and turn clockwise until the windings around the tuning key's string-post are noticeably loose.
Remove the string at the tuning key post by grasping the string with your thumb and forefinger and unwinding fully. The string then can be pulled out of the tuning key string-post hole.
Thread the string out through the bridge, and wind it into a coil about 3 inches in diameter.
Remove the new low "E" string from its envelope and uncoil it. The old string may be placed into the envelope for disposal, or may be saved for future reuse in an emergency.
Thread the new low "E" string through the bridge, "plain" end first, and pull through until the "ball" end is firmly seated.
Wrap the string around the tuning key string-post counter-clockwise about 3 times, and insert the loose end into the string-post hole above the windings. Keep the windings neat and in a spiral pattern from the bottom of the post to the top.
Pull the loose end with needle-nose pliers to seat the string firmly in the hole, and bend up at a 90-degree angle to lock the loose end in place.
Tune the string up to pitch and snip the excess off with wire cutters.
Repeat steps 3 through 10 for the remaining strings. If your Samick guitar has "three on a side" tuners, note that the string windings on the three highest strings will be in a clockwise direction.
Tips and warnings
- "Pre-stretch" strings as you are tuning them up to pitch by applying light upward pressure, and repeat until the string no longer goes out of tune after pulling. This may need to be repeated 6 or more times, but will stabilize the string windings and help keep the guitar in tune.
- Change strings one at a time to help keep track of strings, and to maintain even tension on the neck.
- Use a guitar tuner or pitch pipe as a tuning aid, and to help prevent string breakage which may occur when tuned too high.
- Don't cut strings off the guitar while they are tuned. Strings are under high tension and can cause eye injuries or facial lacerations during recoil. Cutting strings under tension can also cause neck adjustment problems due to tension shock.
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