How To Tie Guitar Strings — For Steel And Nylon String Guitars

There are two main occasions where you would want to tie your guitar strings. The first is used on any type of guitar, while the second is only used for nylon string/classical guitars. So without further ado, let’s show you how to tie guitar strings.

How To Tie Guitar Strings
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Tying Guitar Strings On The Tuning Peg

The first use of tying strings is to keep your guitar tuned for longer. When most people are adding new strings, they simply put the string into the hole of the tuning peg and go to town with their string winder. 

The problem with this is that the strings lose tune a lot quicker. To ensure that your strings stay in tune for longer, you’ll need to cross the string over itself. 

To do this, put the string into the hole as normal but leave it to slack more than usual. Then take the end of the string and bend it backward, passing it underneath the string and pull tight. Once you’ve pulled tight, pass go back in the reverse direction, passing the string over itself this time.

Once you leave the end, you would notice that the string stays in place. Now, you can wind the tuning peg until the strings are tight enough. This would make the string wrap over itself, keeping it in tune for longer. 

If the process sounds a little bit confusing, watch the video below. It’s a simple example showing this process of how to tie guitar strings.

How To Tie Classical Guitar Strings At The Tie Block

When adding new strings to your classical guitar, or any guitar with nylon strings, you would need this technique to pass the string through the bridge. Follow the steps below for this technique:

Step 1

Place the guitar horizontally on a flat surface, with its head pointing towards the left. Your lap would do just fine if you don’t have a table. 

Once you have your new strings at hand, pass them through the bridge hole from right to left. Don’t pass the whole string through the bridge. Leave about 3 to 4 inches at the end. This is what you would use to tie the string. 

How To Tie Guitar Strings
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Step 2

With your right hand, pass the smaller portion of the string up and across the back of the main string. Then, take the end of that string and pass it over and into the loop you’ve created, such that it lies on the bridge. 

Step 3

Hold the tip you just passed through the loop down and drag on the main string, making sure the loop is fastened to the bridge. 

Once you’re done, you can cut off the excess off the smaller end of the string, and you’re good to go. Time to add the string to the tuning peg. 

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How To Tie Guitar Strings At The Headstock

Step 1

Pass the strings over and into the hole in the post. 

Step 2

Pass the strings out of the post, thereby creating a loop. Then put the end of the string back into this loop and pull tight. 

Step 3

Once the string is tight enough, you can start turning the post to tune the string properly. Once you’re done tuning, using your string cutter, cut away the excess string at its end.


If you want a video description of the process we’ve highlighted above, then make sure you watch the video below. 

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