Guitar string winder is used for tuning and winding a loose string on a guitar. Typically the tuning pegs (tuning machines) are harder to turn due to its size and string tension. The winder makes tuning the guitar easier with your hands. This is especially useful when changing guitar strings. You use the winder by this tool into the tuning pegs (tuning machine) of the guitar and turn either clockwise or counterclockwise. You can use the winder for all guitars: electric, acoustic and classical.
Learn Different Types of Strings
The first step for changing guitar strings is to learn about the different types of strings available and find the most suitable one for you. This can sometimes take some experiments, patience and a few bucks. Try various brands of strings. You’ll be surprised at the difference in feeling, sound and string-life.
Strings gauge refers to the thickness of the guitar string, which is measured in thousandths of an inch. The larger the gauge, the heavier the string. When describing gauges, guitarists typically omit the decimal and refer only to the number. For instance, a string gauge of .008 would be called an 8.
A set of 0.009s are considered very light, while a set of 0.014s are considered very heavy. The choice of which gauge string to use is a personal one, based on your playing style and the tone you are trying to achieve. Both lighter and heavier gauges have pros and cons.
The lighter the string gauge, the easier it is to bend the string. The lightest-gauged strings are easier to press down. However these strings are much harder to keep in tune and tend to have a thinner tone. Lighter gauges are easier to play but they are more prone to breakage. Lighter gauges can cause more fret board buzzing when neck action is low.
Heavier gauge strings are more difficult to press down, however they perform better in de-tuned situations, such as drop D tuning. Heavier gauge strings also provide more sustain and volume. They also have a louder sound.
What Do You Need to Change Your Strings
What you will need to change your strings is a set of replacement strings. If you’ve never changed guitar strings before, you might want to pick up a few packs, just in case. You’ll also need a wire cutter, needle-nose pliers, a tuner and a soft cloth to clean those hard-to-reach places that you’ll have access to with the strings removed. A string winder is recommended as it will make changing strings much easier.
Should I Remove and Replace All Strings At Once?
There are several opinions on how to change the strings. Some guitarists recommend to change (remove and replace) strings one at a time so that the tension that happen on the neck doesn’t fluctuate too much, while others say to change all the strings at once. The necks on today’s guitars are able to withstand a lot of pressure, much more than the absence of all the guitar strings might cause. You might feel more comfortable changing one string at a time initially until you get a hang of it.
All-Out Tune Up Your Guitar
If you do take all the strings off at once, use this opportunity to do an all-out “tune up” of the guitar. The oil in your fingers leaves a residue that builds up on your fret board over time. Clean the frets with an old toothbrush, some guitar cleaning oil and a rag to ensure a longer life for your fret board.
If you have an acoustic-electric where its battery is housed inside the body of the guitar, change it if you can. Nothing is worse than having to find a way to squeeze your hand between the strings to replace a dead battery.
You might also use this time to polish the guitar face. There are a few places on the guitar that are just too hard to reach when the strings are on. Now is your chance to give the guitar a great shiny look without having to lift up the strings or work around them.
Winding the String With Guitar String Winder
Once you have done with the above works, place the new set of strings onto your guitar. Use guitar string winder to slowly wind your guitar string and use your guitar tuner as a reference to tune it to the right key.
Check out this video to see how to use guitar string winder
You can see that with this tool, winding your guitar strings will be more convenient to do. Replacing your guitar string will never be the same again.