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Changing Strings (takin' care of my baby) ...

Updated: Dec 31, 2018

That would be a decent song title, if you were writing a song about putting new strings on your instrument.

One of the easiest things you can do to improve your tone is taking off old, corroded strings and replacing them with a fresh set. Plus, you can give your instrument a good cleaning and make it look brand new again.


changing guitar strings
Fender Telecaster getting a new pack of guitar strings

It is a personal preference on how long you go between changing strings. Some people, including famous musicians, keep old strings on until one breaks. Other  people change them regularly.

It really comes down to two things...

1. Do your strings stay in tune and intonated?


2. Do they feel gross to you? (gross to me may be normal to you, for example).


instrument care and maintenance
Fender Telecaster with new guitar strings

When you change strings, take the opportunity to wipe your fretboard down with cleaner or fretboard oil.

Clean the body, maybe even get a Q-Tip to get the dust and gunk front the places you can't each when the strings are on the instrument.

Once the instrument is cleaned, put the new strings on, give them a good stretching, tune back up and sit back and enjoy the sound (and feel) of those new strings!


Are you new to guitar, bass, ukulele? Nervous about changing your strings by yourself? If so, give me a call at Blue Heron Music Studio and set up some lessons.

I believe that if you own and play an instrument, you should know how to take care of it as well. In our lessons, you'll learn how to change your strings in much more detail than what I covered above.


Blue Heron Music Studio is located in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Offering Music Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Bass Lessons, and Ukulele lessons.

Call or Email to schedule a free trial lesson.

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