Preventing and Dealing with Broken Guitar Strings

There’s a reason so many guitarists carry strings in their pockets no matter what. If you want to call yourself a guitarist, then you are going to break some strings. It’s one of the first repairs a guitarist will have to make on their instrument, and it’s easier and cheaper to fix than most think.

Strings often break during strumming and tuning the guitar. Tuning because each string has a tension point, and in order to make the right sound, a string needs to be wound to a certain tightness. But if you wind it too tight, then the string breaks. If you are strumming you are putting pressure on the strings, causing them to wobble and twang back and forth. Eventually, they’ll snap that way and there’s nothing a guitarist can do to stop it.

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Thankfully, a boston guitar repair shop (or any other establishment related to music) will often carry strings for guitarists to buy. They are cheap to buy, and all you need to know is what brand of guitar you play. Then, you can buy sets of strings and restring your guitar yourself. It’s always a good rule of thumb to keep at least two sets of all six strings on hand, that way you’ve got extras and can keep one set at your home and one set in your case.

Restringing a guitar isn’t a difficult process, but it does require some patience. You’ll be winding the string tighter in order for it to max the pitch you want. Too much tension and you’ll be out another string, so take your time, let the string rest for a few moments, and play the sound by ear and with a tuner to see how much further you need to go.