So you’re about to play a song and the high E string on your guitar breaks. What do you do now?
You can try to replace the string yourself, or take it in for repairs. There are pros and cons to both of those options:
*Replace String Yourself: Pros: You’ll save money because you won’t have to pay someone else to do it; Cons: If you don’t know how to change guitars strings, this could end up costing you more money if the guitar is damaged; It’s also easy to break other things like your tuning pegs and bridge pins if not done correctly.
*Take Guitar In: Pros: Your guitar will be fixed properly; Cons: But at a price; Besides knowing how to change guitar strings, you might not be able to fix the problem your guitar is currently having.
So what should you do if your high E string breaks?
Well, have no fear! Here are some steps on how to fix a broken guitar string yourself if you choose to go that route.
STEP 1: Open up the packet that comes with the new strings. Make sure you have the correct string gauge for your guitar. Again, consult an expert if you’re not sure, especially if you have a vintage guitar.
STEP 2: Unwind or cut one end of the new string after wrapping it through the tuning peg on the headstock.
STEP 3: Go inside your bridge pin and put the end of the string in between both sides. Be careful removing the pins so you don’t damage your guitar.
STEP 4: Put the bridge pin back in place.
STEP 5: Tune the new string to the appropriate note. Now you’re all set!
Now that you know how to replace a guitar string yourself, you’ll never have to worry about not being able to play your favorite songs again. But if you ever do need professional help, there are many music stores in your area where professionals can fix any damages done to your guitar so it’s good as new once more.