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Stringing your classical guitar.

Posted in Tutorials


A little video on how to string your classical guitar. I hope you enjoy this and find it useful this is how I do my guitar strings everybody has a different style. Nothing touches my guitars but Savarez strings these happen to be 520Rs High Tension Red Card Rectified Nylon. The guitar is a LaPatrie Etude and the one in the background is my LaPatrie Hybrid CW.

5 comments on Stringing your classical guitar.

We agree mostly, but it is

We agree mostly, but it is common practice to start with the first string, and as you go tuck the ends of the string in under the next one. This provides more protection against slipage, and gives you a more professional look.

I use a variation of this

I use a variation of this that I thought was more popular (I haven't personally seen it starting with the high E before). I start with the low E (the sixth string) and tuck them under the next one. When I get to the high E string, I either tie a small knot or take a lighter (note that you do NOT burn it to a different color or it may become brittle, only melt it slightly) and form a ball on the part that would have normally been tucked under the next string to prevent slipping. I don't know if I would go as far as calling this method or its variations common practice, though, as it seems to be far less practiced than the way Vic ties them in his video.

Also, while it does provide a more "clean" look... "professional" may not be the most appropriate word XD. I don't think most professional's actually use this method very often because they change strings so often. Anyways, this method DOES give extra protection against slipping strings. I haven't ever had a string slip on me. However, I'm willing to bet that there are others that don't use this method and haven't had a string slip on them, either.

One major disadvantage of this method is that it makes changing individual strings a humongous pain as you have to loosen the next string if you want to take it out or be able to tuck it under again. This can be enough to dissuade someone from using it, but I guess it is just an ingrained OCD habit in me now.

Interesting. I've never seen

Interesting. I've never seen it done the other way around, but it would be much the same. Here, most professionals I've seen use the tuck method, as it were. I know it was what they taught at the music academy here, so that might have something to do with it. It does indeed make it harder to change one string, but that's not something I've ever done. But that's a good point, though. Probably not the smartest thing to do if change one string at a time, as they break, as I can imagine some might do.

Yeah I never change one

Yeah I never change one string at a time, either... so I love the tuck method. It just feels so much cleaner and safer. I've also never broken a string on my classical *knock on wood* and usually have a full set of strings anyways in case one does break.

Anyways, maybe the direction of the tuck (or even the tuck in general) is some sort of regional thing? I dunno XD

When I change my strings, I

When I change my strings, I change them all...
but one by one...
the background of this it's to not changing the bridge tension, from full 6 string, to none string.,
I don't remember if I read about this somewhere but that's how I do it...