How to Restring a Epiphone Firebird Guitar

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The Epiphone Firebird guitar is a lower-cost alternative to the Gibson Firebird. The Epiphone and Gibson versions share the same overall design. The Epiphone version of the Firebird electric guitar is cheaper due to the use of lower-quality parts and cheaper labour. The process to restring an Epiphone Firebird is the same as most Gibson guitars. The Epiphone Firebird is equipped with a Tune-O-Matic bridge with a stop bar, similar to most Gibson or Epiphone electric guitars.

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Things you need

  • Epiphone Firebird electric guitar
  • Wire cutters
  • Electric guitar tuner

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  1. 1

    Tune the 6-string (low E string) down until it is slack. The string should not make an audible note when plucked.

  2. 2

    Cut the 6-string around the third fret.

  3. 3

    Remove both pieces of the old 6-string from the tuning peg and guitar bridge.

  4. 4

    Insert the new 6-string through the hole in the stop bar.

  5. 5

    Insert the new 6-string through the hole in the tuning peg.

  6. 6

    Turn the tuning peg to tune the new 6-string to the E note. Check the tuning is correct by comparing the note produced by the guitar with an electric guitar tuner.

  7. 7

    Repeat Steps one through 6 for the 5-string (A string). Tune the 5-string to the A note.

  8. 8

    Repeat all steps for the 4-string (D string). Tune the 4-string to the D note.

  9. 9

    Repeat all steps for the 3-string (G string). Tune the 3-string to the G note.

  10. 10

    Repeat all steps for the 2-string (B string). Tune the 2-string to the B note.

  11. 11

    Repeat all steps for the 1-string (high e string). Tune the 1-string to the E note.

Tips and warnings

  • This method is used to restring an Epiphone Firebird guitar in standard tuning. A guitarist who uses an alternative should tune the guitar directly to that tuning.
  • The Epiphone Firebird electric guitar has a Tune-O-Matic bridge with a stop bar. The only thing holding the stop bar in place is the tension of the guitar strings. The stop bar will remain in place if you restring the guitar one string at a time.

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