How to Restring a Guitar With Locking Tuners

Written by candace horgan
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How to Restring a Guitar With Locking Tuners
Locking tuners make tuning quick and painless. (Guitar image by jensole from

Tuning a guitar is an important part of keeping the instrument sounding good and playing well. While regular tuners are not too difficult to use, locking tuners make tuning a lot easier and faster. Locking tuners eliminate the step of making multiple windings around the tuning peg and pulling tightly while turning the peg, all while hoping the string doesn't slip off the peg and require rewinding. For a regularly performing musician, locking tuners are especially useful.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Locking tuners
  • Guitar strings
  • String winder

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  1. 1

    Loosen the locking tuner screw and remove the low E string from your guitar. Leave the other strings in place.

  2. 2

    Slide the new low E string through the hole at the base of the bridge and pull it along the fretboard, then insert the string in the hole in the tuning peg for the low E and pull it tight.

  3. 3

    Turn the locking screw at the base of the tuner until it is tight and the string is kept taut without you pulling on it.

  4. 4

    Clip the excess string.

  5. 5

    Place the string winder on the tuning key and turn the key a few times.

  6. 6

    Connect a tuner to the guitar and hit the E string, then turn the tuning key until the tuner says it is in tune.

  7. 7

    Repeat for the next five strings, only removing one string and replacing one string at a time.

Tips and warnings

  • Removing more than one string at a time can cause the guitar neck to warp. It is best to only remove one string, then replace it.

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