How To String A Classical Guitar?

The things that appear to be difficult are actually simple to do if done properly. One of these tasks is putting on fresh classical guitar strings. The knot techniques that seem complicated are really easy. Three out of six nylon strings of this guitar appear like metal. These strings are changed at regular interval to get the best outcome. You can change your guitar strings on your own. One step at a time can make you a pro in these things. Let us learn how to string a classical guitar effectively.

how to string a classical guitar

  • Tools:
  1. A string cutter: It is used to cut the excess string.
  2. A winder: This tool is recommended to have with you.
  3. A Guitar cleaner: It helps you get your guitar cleaned.
  4. A polishing cloth
  5. Lemon oil
  • Simple Knot Techniques

There are two different techniques which you can use any one technique to string your classical guitar.

  1. Classical guitar strings are secured to the bridge

Both side strings have different knots. The bridge is an important part of your classical guitar.

  1. The bass side should be changed

Bass side strings are thicker as compared to treble side strings. No wraps are required to secure them.

  • Insertion of classical guitar through the bridge

You must tie the side that has windings extending to the end of the string. The side of the classical guitar string that has fewer string winds should be used for the tuning post. The string has to slide through the side closest to the soundhole. The lower bout serves as an exit for the string. The extra string left at the end is used to tie it.

  • Creating A Loop

The string should be pulled above the bridge and then wrapped underneath the right side. The loop created by the string is used for some other purpose.

  • Inserting the end into the loop

The wrap is secured by pulling the string to make it tight. The tail of the string has to rest against the back of the bridge. This method prevents wear and tear.

  1. The Treble side has to be changed

Treble side strings are G, B, and high E. They require more wraps as compared to other strings.

  1. The string is inserted through the bridge.
  2. The string is wrapped around the guitar.
  3. First overwrap and under-wrap are done.
  4. The second one is done the same way as first
  5. All the wraps are pulled tight.

Unwound strings are quite slippery which may cause loosing of the guitar while tuning. You can protect it by tapping the cardboard to the strings. Different musicians use different techniques.

  1. Secure The Strings To The Tuners

This is a tricky stage while changing the classical guitar strings. You need to follow the points given below to do that-

  1. String is tied to the tuning post. You need to insert the string through the post hole for this.
  2. String is brought to the pitch. A winder can be used for this purpose. The excess string is cut with the help of string cutters.

how to string a classical guitar

  1. Wrap It Up

You can patiently replace the old set of classical guitar strings with the new ones. New strings take some time to settle. Now that you know how to string a classical guitar, you can teach others to do the same.


  1. How often should we change the classical guitar strings?

    Every 2 to 3 months

  2. Are we supposed to loosen the guitar strings when not playing?

    No, it is not necessary.

  3. Can we change all strings in one go?

    The possibility of damaging your guitar is low. So, you can opt for that.

William Larson
William Larson

Hi, I am William. I am a music enthusiast. I play the guitar and ukulele. I like to try out all instruments and review them, to help others make an informed decision. You must choose the right instrument to get that sweet sound you desire. When I am not on my instruments I will be found reading or cooking.

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