Elixir® Strings Tips & Tricks

How to String with a Slotted Tuner


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

Step 2 – Be sure to clip the old string winding off so you don’t damage anything when removing the old string from the bridge area.

Step 3 – Insert new string through tailpiece or tremolo block.

Step 4 – Remember to pull the string all the way through the tailpiece/tremolo. You’ll also want to keep it taut as you measure the string length at the tuner.

Step 5 – Here’s the pro's trick to find the right string length and get the proper number of wraps around the tuner: Hold the string like this, with your left-hand fingers, right at the tuner.

Step 6 – Use you 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 7 – Make a 90-degree bend in the string where your left hand has marked the spot.

Step 8 – Put the string through the tuner and start tuning it up — remember to keep good tension on the string as you tighten. This will help stretch the strings as well as keep it seated in the nut.