Elixir® Strings Tips & Tricks

How to String a Bass Guitar

How to change your bass guitar strings.

There are many benefits to keeping your strings fresh. Better tone quality, better right and left hand finger response, wider range of dynamics possible and more range of tone to mention a few. Besides your guitar looks and feels better. A guitar with clean, new strings practically begs to be played.

Step 1 - Remove old string – when re-stringing a bass, you can save yourself some later readjustments by changing only one string at a time.

Step 2 - Insert new string through tailpiece/bridge. Remember to pull the string all the way through the tailpiece. You’ll also want to keep it taut as you measure the string length at the tuner.

Step 3 - Here’s the pro’s trick to find the right string length to get the proper number of wraps around the tuner: hold the string like this with your left hand fingers – right at the tuner.

Step 4 - Use your right hand to reach over and grasp the string at the fifth fret. Pull the string up into your palm, keeping the string between your index and middle fingers. Remember to let the string slide through your left fingers, and then hold the spot when the string looks like this.

Step 5 - Clip the string end.

Step 6 - Push down on the string and bend it over like this…

Step 7 - Start tuning it up – remember to keep good tension on the string as you tighten. This will help stretch the string as well as keep it seated in the nut.

Step 8 - The wraps on the tuner should look like this. Make sure you have 3 good wraps around the post.