Stringing a Classical Guitar


Stringing a classical guitar is much different than handling the steel wire on an acoustic guitar. In this in-depth tutorial on changing nylon strings, Premier Guitar’s Nikos Arvantis shows his method on how to do this. He is doing this on a six string classical but this can vary depending on the amount of strings the instrument has. There can also be nine or twelve strings to deal with. For the tools, he uses wire clippers, a string winder and a set of D’Addario classical strings. He is using a headstand to keep the guitar stable. If you want to condition the fretboard before putting on the new strings, take all the strings off. He is restringing one at a time.

The Bass Strings

The low E is put through the tie block and then moves to the headstock to show a secure tie. He then continues winding to pitch to the outside of the string roller. Nikos does the same thing with the 5th and 4th strings but the string windings go to the inside to prevent string overlap. For guitarists with large hands this can be challenging at times, just take your time, it’s not a race!

The Treble Strings

The lighter gauges can slip if not secured properly to the tie block. The high E string gets looped twice and gets tied at the headstock roller. When winding to pitch, the string goes to the outside of the roller. For the B (2nd) and G (3rd) strings the windings go towards the inside. At the end of the tie block, if there is any excess string, it should get clipped to avoid buzzing.

Wrapping Up

Nikos mentions that in this video, it is not the only way to string up a classical guitar. This video should help any classical guitarist feel confident that their new strings have been properly changed. This video about stringing a classical guitar is courtesy of Premier Guitar, for their Youtube channel, click HERE. Now it’s time to take advantage of these fresh strings… go and practice! Enjoy!

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