There are plenty of videos on how to restring a guitar. This one has clear and concise verbal, and visual, instructions.
The “three fingers past the tuner” + “make two sharp bends” technique. Looks logical. Will try it the next time I restring my guitars.
Here’s what Bill Baker did:
- Line up the string to the tuning post. Measure about three-finger length of string past the tuning post. Then make a sharp 90-degree bend.
- Turn the tuning peg hole to about a 45-degree angle, insert the string, and then make another bend (to make a ‘Z’ shape). One should be able to lift the guitar by holding the inserted string.
- Hold the slack and wind the string around the tuning post.
- Cut the excess end off the string.
- Then continue the process of pulling more of the string slack, and tightening the tuning post.
- Once all the strings are replaced, lubricate the groove on the nut and bridge.
- More pulling of the slack and tuning.
There are other ways of course, like this one:
- After inserting the string, hold the end (the one that’s past the tuning post hole) with one hand.
- Then with the other hand, hold the back part of the slack (behind the other hole of the tuning post) and then make a clockwise loop around the post, and over the other end of the string.
The string should be under the clockwise loop.