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How to Remove Guitar Strings

Learn how to remove strings from a guitar in this Howcast video.

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Let's talk about removing the string on a steel string guitar.

Sometimes you might break a string, so you're going to need to change it of course. And then sometimes the guitar string just gets old. It gets rusted and corroded and you would need to change it, right? I change my guitar strings maybe once a week. It gets a little expensive, but you know, that's part of the deal because you want them to sound right. You know after a while they'll sound dull, they'll be hard to tune, they'll get dirty.

So how I know I'm loosening is I play this string and then I start turning. If I hear the note go up like that then I know okay, I'm going the wrong way. I go the opposite way of course and you know, once you get it to this there's no more tension on it. You could just cut the string. So I use a wire cutter or a string cutter, I use that to cut the string. Alright, so I'm just going to like that, right. And now you're left with two pieces so this piece just unravels here from the post. This is just garbage we don't need that. And then, with this end here it's held in position here by this bridge pin. So this, you could use this the wire cutter to go ahead and yank that out. Right? And then that piece comes out so that's also garbage. And that's it. That's how you remove a steel string guitar string.

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