Guitarists who play an electric guitar usually need to change their strings more often than the guitarists who play acoustic. That’s why electric guitars have made with hardware which has cause the technique of changing strings very quickly and easily. In this guide by musicianintro.com you will come to know how to string an electric guitar.
Setting up an Electric guitar is pretty similar to stringing an acoustic guitar. However, it varies from the Electric guitar bridge type which changes the ways to string the guitar.
Before explaining the variance of guitar stringing style, there is a universal rule of how the guitar should be stringed.
Basic of Stringing a Guitar
One side of the strings should be connected to the guitar head part and the other hand should be connected to the guitar bridge part. It is a globally common rule for the guitar (both electric and acoustic) stringing method.
However for electric guitar there 3 types of bridge which changes the connection of the string to the bridge part.
- Fixed Bridge
- Semi-Floyd bridge
- Floyd Rose bridge (floating)
For Fixed Bridge
there are already placements are arranged to put the strings and connect to the tuning keys in the head.
For Semi-Floyd Bridge,
there will be saddles to connect and hold the string in the bridge. Release the tension of saddle with an align key and make a space to join a side of the series and after connecting tighten up the seat to keep the string tight and connected to the bridge.
For Floyd rose bridge
It’s pretty the same as the semi-Floyd guitar bridge connection. However, there is extra work in the headstock area.
- There is a locking nuts and a string retainer before the tuning keys.
- Connect the string in the bridge as semi-Floyd guitar.
- Now loosen up the locking nuts with an align key and get the strings under to the string retainer.
- Now connect the lines sequentially to the corresponding tuning keys.
- After completing this one, wind up the keys to make the strings tight.
- After Completion of tuning tight the screws of the string retainer therefore the strings remain in tune.
In addition to this headstock workout,there is a final touch remaining to the bridge area. There is a fine-tuning area which includes different screws for different strings. Adjust the tension from there so that string keeps intonation to the tuning.
String Sequences to follow
From Upper to lower string arrangement: 6E -> 5A -> 4D -> 3G -> 2B -> 1e.
All these sounds heavier to brighter as the string sequence goes on.
Electric guitars are a piece of peace for the artists of it, and they always want more versatility in it. Changing the guitar strings is a vital skill what should a guitarist must-have.
It’s not rocket science or that tough. Professional players usually change the strings often or in weekly basis.