There are really only a few things to know about changing strings. Changing the strings on your bass is not nearly as difficult as you might think.
Luckily, I've put together this short guide to help you with changing strings.
There are four main steps to changing your strings:
Step 1: Get all of the items that you'll need ready.
To change your strings, you're going to need:
- 1 Set of New Strings
- A Cable and Tuner
- Wire Cutters (Do NOT use your teeth. om nom nom....) :)
Thats it! Some people also like to have a string winder ready and all of the small wrenches that you use to setup your bass, but if you're just changing your strings, you shouldn't need the extra wrenches and keys.
Step 2: Take off and replace the old strings with the new ones one at a time.
Ok. The first thing I want to say is that you should seriously avoid taking all of the old strings off at once. If you do that, then all of the tension that the strings provided to the neck will likely be released and you may have to deal with some really crappy neck bow that wont go away right away. Be careful with this one.
I would suggest loosening and removing the highest string first. You do that by turning the tuning peg until the string is literally sitting on the fingerboard and then you take it off of the tuning peg and off of the bass completely.
Then, you take your new string (make sure its the right one) and string the new one up in the same way that the old one was. Start by cutting the new strings about 4 inches past the posts that they're each supposed to go into. This should give you enough length to wind the string around the post and keep it secure.
Next, place the end of the string in the hole in the tuning peg and bend the string when it can't go into the hole anymore. Then, turn the tuning peg until the string starts to get tight. Some pegs turn different directions. Make sure you know which direction they need to be turned in order to be tightened.
You also want to strings to come out of the nut area and line up with the pegs correctly. Be careful about winding them the wrong way.
You'll want to watch out for 3 things:
1. That the strings are seated in the nut properly. Its a pain to have to re-adjust them when you're trying to string up the other posts.
2. That the strings are wound from the bottom up in the post. You want the strings to have a sort of uniformity as to how they are placed on the posts.
3. If you have a String Tree, make sure that the strings are flush under the String Tree. If they are a little to far below and not in contact with the tree, they may make a rattling sound when you play, so be careful of that.
Step 3: After changing the strings, stretch them out, tune them and keep playing on them for a while.
One of the things about new strings is that they tend to go out of tune really, really quickly. In order to combat this, you should stretch your strings out and re-tune them over and over.
To stretch them out, literally grab the string and pull on it. Don't try to break it, but the string should feel like its tight when you are tugging it. When I'm changing strings, I tend to pull a bit much sometimes, and I've snapped a string or two, so be careful.
After that, re-tune it. Do that about 2 or 3 times.
Even if you follow these directions, the bass will still go out of tune a bit for the first day or so. That's fine. The strings should be good and fairly stable after that.
Step 4: Go kick ass!
Hey. You're done!
Now you can get back to the best part of the bass: PLAYING IT!
After this, changing strings should not be a problem from now on.
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