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Most Detailed Instructions For Cutting Guitar Strings – How To Cut Acoustic Guitar Strings Before Winding During String Changing Process

Over a long period of use and exposure, the strings of the guitar will rust, tarnish, stretch, etc. Newbies sometimes wonder why their guitar is losing some tone without realizing the problem is just by changing one or more strings. As soon as the old strings are changed, the sound will be completely new and better. But in the process of changing strings, if you do not cut the strings before winding them, the excess of the string will make you confused. Moreover, cutting guitar strings will reduce the case that the excess strings will scratch the guitar and also your hands. But, how to cut guitar strings correctly without making the strings too short?

To answer the above question, as experienced guitarists, we will show you how to cut the strings before proceeding to thread the string through the peg and wind it. Note that this only applies to acoustic guitars.

In the article, we will show you the definition of acoustic guitar and it’s characteristics; the materials needed for implementing the whole instructions; step-by-step instructions for cutting guitar strings; and the FAQs about how to cut guitar strings. 

What Is An Acoustic Guitar? How To Distinguish Acoustic Guitars From Other Kinds Of Guitars?

SaleBestseller No. 1
Best Choice Products 38in Beginner All Wood Acoustic Guitar Starter Kit w/Gig Bag, Digital Tuner, 6 Celluloid Picks, Nylon Strings, Capo, Cloth, Strap w/Pick Holder - Matte Black
  • COMPLETE ALL-IN-ONE GUITAR KIT: No need to buy any additional accessories; this all-inclusive set comes with an e-tuner, gig bag, guitar strap with pick holder, extra nylon strings, 6 celluloid guitar picks, a capo, and a cloth
  • ULTIMATE BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE GUITAR: This handcrafted acoustic guitar is designed with a classic shape, elegant finish, and features a beautiful rosette for a modern acoustic look
  • FIT FOR ALL AGES: Playing guitar is easy with 7 accessories, and a classic acoustic guitar shape for a comfortable experience, perfect for teenagers and adults alike
  • CLASSIC DESIGN: Guitar has been upgraded with a closer proximity between the fretboard and strings, reducing finger fatigue so you can jam out for hours
  • EASY TO PLAY: Learning to play on this guitar is easy with nylon strings that are easier to hold down, reduce damage on the guitar bridge, and stay in tune, producing a beautiful tone while playing; OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 38"(L) x 14"(W) x 4.3"(H)
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Best Choice Products 41in Beginner Acoustic Guitar Full Size All Wood Cutaway Guitar Starter Set Bundle with Case, Strap, Capo, Strings, Picks, Tuner - Black
  • COMPLETE ALL-IN-ONE ADULT GUITAR KIT: No need to purchase any additional accessories, this all-inclusive set comes with a carrying case, extra strings, a strap with a pick holder, a tuner, pick guard, cleaning cloth, capo, and pick set
  • ULTIMATE BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE GUITAR: This full-size guitar is perfect for beginners and experienced players alike, with a dreadnought shape that produces a pleasant, warm tone
  • PROTECTIVE PADDED CASE: Take your guitar with you to school or on trips with a stylish and protective carrying case, designed with foam pads, a shock-proof rubber bottom, and even a front storage for your capo and extra picks
  • COMFORTABLE DESIGN: This classic, acoustic guitar is designed with a 41in body for a comfortable fit, perfect for beginners and experienced players alike
  • CLASSIC DESIGN: Elegant inlay provides a classic, acoustic look and the cutaway shape allows you to reach higher on the fret to reach high notes; place the included pickguard underneath the guitar sound hole to protect from pick scratches while playing; Dimensions: 15.75"(L) x 4.25"(W) x 41"(H)
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JOYMUSIC 6 String 38" Acoustic Guitar Kit,Blueburst,Gloss (JG-38C,BLS), Right
  • Country Of Origin : China
  • Great Looks With An Innovative Design To Produce Good Quality Sound.
  • Full Wood Construction With Geared Tuning, Wood Frame And Steel Strings
  • 38 Inch Size Is Suitable And Popular For Beginner.
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Master-play Beginner Full Size 41” Wood Cutaway All String Acoustic Guitar, With Bonus Accessories Kit; Case, Strap, Capo, Extra Strings, Picks, Tuner, Wash Cloth, Stand (Wood)
  • 41" ADVANCED FULL-SIZE GUITAR: This sophisticated right-handed guitar is handmade with an all wood construction, delivering smooth tones.This guitar is one of the few models that really epitomizes the sound of an acoustic guitar creating great memories.
  • INTENDED: This full-sized guitar is customized for beginners and intermediate players - ready to use out of the box
  • PRACTICAL DESIGN: Upgraded model has a pretty finish with nice arch and fine craftsmanship. This shape is designed for easy access to the fret. Lightweight enough to easily grip while playing, in sitting or standing position. Features great tones and outstanding playability. The natural, bright sound complements the warm sounds of the solid wood
  • COMPLETE ALL-IN-ONE KIT: Why be busy purchasing accessories when you can get them all included with your guitar and be ready to play with one great buy fully equipped? This comprehensive kit includes: Gig Bag; for easy storing, carrying and traveling. Shoulder strap, Picks, Digital clip-on tuner, Spare steel strings, Polishing cloth, Stand; to safely display your guitar in a stylish way
  • GIFT: With getting the Master Play guitar kit, you've made the best choice. Enjoy using it or gifting a loved one who'll be grateful to you forever!
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Ashthorpe 38-inch Beginner Acoustic Guitar Package (Black), Basic Starter Kit w/Gig Bag, Strings, Strap, Tuner, Pitch Pipe, Picks
  • Perfect beginner guitar: Specially designed for students and teens who are just getting started. This 38-inch, right-handed, acoustic guitar features all the bells and whistles. Designed with 18 smooth frets, 6 steel strings, and easy to hold neck.
  • Complete starter kit: Entry-level guitar bundle includes 38-inch acoustic guitar, nylon bag, 3 picks (of assorted colors), shoulder strap, digital tuner, pitch pipe, an extra set of 6 strings, and an instructional sheet.
  • High-quality tonewoods: Top, back, and sides are crafted from laminated basswood for versatility and warmth, with a high-gloss finish. Whether playing soft or loud, strumming or flatpicking, this guitar remains responsive and retains its tonal integrity. This guitar is built to last.
  • Incredible sound: Perfect for musicians-in-the-making, this beginner acoustic guitar features an impressive tone, bright sound, and standout projection. It's waiting to be heard.
  • Full-size, lightweight guitar: Ideal for learners, this guitar is both small and lightweight, measuring 38" Long x 14" Wide x 3.25" Deep.
Bestseller No. 6
Yamaha FG830 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar, Tobacco Sunburst
  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top
  • Rosewood Back & Sides
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Rosewood Bridge
  • Diecast Tuners
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Best Choice Products Beginner Acoustic Electric Guitar Starter Set 38in w/All Wood Cutaway Design, Case, Strap, Picks, Tuner - Sunburst
  • ALL-IN-ONE ACOUSTIC-ELECTRIC GUITAR KIT: No need to purchase any additional accessories, this all-inclusive set comes with a carrying case, strap, pick case, and tuner
  • ULTIMATE BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE GUITAR: Learning to play on this guitar is easy with nylon strings that are easier to hold down, reduce damage on the guitar bridge, and stay in tune, producing a beautiful tone while playing
  • PLAY ACOUSTIC OR ELECTRIC: This classic, guitar can be plugged into an amplifier for a customizable electric tone, or played without one for an acoustic sound
  • 4-BAND EQUALIZER: Experiment with the sound settings to better fit your genre and style; adjust the treble, bass, middle, tone, and volume from the guitar's body
  • EASY TO PLAY CUTAWAY: Playing this guitar is easy and comfortable with a cutaway shape for a comfortable fit, perfect for beginners and experienced players alike; OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 14"(L) x 3.25"(W) x 38"(H)
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Yamaha APX600 BL Thin Body Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Black
  • Thin-line cutaway Body design for exceptional playability
  • 25" Scale Length and narrower string spacing for Enhanced comfort
  • New scalloped bracing pattern for increased bass response
  • Abalone sound hole rosette
  • Stage-focused pickup system for shaping your sound in the mix
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Fender Newporter Player - California Series Acoustic Guitar - Champagne
  • Fender-exclusive Newporter body shape
  • Painted solid spruce top; painted mahogany back and sides
  • Fishman pickup/preamp system
  • Mahogany neck with slim-taper "C"-shaped profile; walnut fingerboard and bridge
  • Matching painted 6-in-line headstock
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Pyle Classical Acoustic Guitar 36” Junior size for beginners with starter kit - Steel String Guitarra Acustica Pack with Travel Gig Bag, Tuner, Picks, Strap for Students Practice, Kids, Adults
  • 36” BEGINNER GUITAR SET: Pyle brings you a complete all-in-one acoustic guitar set, everything you need to start playing. The guitar comes with a gig bag case, pitch pipe tuner, spare strings, pearloid picks, cleaning cloth, and a gift card
  • JUNIOR SCALE SIZE: A junior scale 6 string guitar perfect for use on lessons, recitals, band rehearsals, onstage performances or when practicing at home. Has a traditional classic body style great for beginners and children learning to play guitar
  • HANDCRAFTED: The classical guitar features handcrafted construction w/ linden wood body, birch headstock, dyed maple wood fretboard, high gloss polished body back w/ protective binding, rosette linden laminate finish, chrome 3-in-line machine head
  • BEGINNER READY: This traditional junior classic acoustic stringed instrument kit is excellent for both beginner and children looking to start guitar playing. It brings you everything you need to start playing straight out of the box
  • SPECIFICATIONS: Total length: 36”; Scale length: 22.8”; Total body length: 17.3”; Total neck length (Nut to body): 18.5”; No. of frets: 18 frets; Guitar body material: Linden wood; String material: Nylon; Total dimensions: 35.8” L x 13.4” W x 3.35” H

What Is An Acoustic Guitar?

To have the most accurate and specific concept or definition of an acoustic guitar for everyone to understand is not a simple matter. According to the information that we found out, most experts still haven’t had a clear concept of an acoustic guitar. Therefore, we are able to know the acoustic guitar as the following information.

The acoustic guitar is often used in accompaniment. Also, the sound emitted when playing acoustic guitar in accompaniment is resonant and has a regular speed of sound.

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Characteristics Of An Acoustic Guitar

A special feature of an acoustic guitar is often in the strings. Therefore, to distinguish an acoustic guitar from the same-shape classical guitar, we often rely on the strings.

  • The acoustic guitar always comes with metal strings.
  • The metal strings give the instrument a resonant sound that is suitable for accompaniment.
  • Acoustic guitar strings are wound on the small upright iron shafts (also known as the pegs) on the neck.

However, the 3 above characteristics will be inadequate for you to distinguish. You can also consider the following features to find the correct acoustic guitars.

  • The frets: Classical guitars usually have 12 frets and acoustic guitars usually have 14 frets.
  • The neck: Classic guitars often have larger necks than acoustic guitars.
  • The body: Classical guitars often have round bodies. On the other hand, acoustic guitars usually have recessed bodies.
  • Like other guitars, the structure of an acoustic guitar still includes the main parts such as strings, head, neck, and body.
  • The strings of this guitar line are made of metal, so the strings are often tenser, and the sound is also sharper and more resonant.
  • The head of the acoustic guitar will have some small iron shafts lying vertically (also known as the pegs), this is the position to wind one end of the string.
  • Usually, acoustic necks are smaller than other guitars. But the body of the acoustic guitar is larger in size.

Materials For Cutting Guitar Strings

Necessary materials

  • Acoustic guitar
  • A new set of 6 strings

Alternative materials

  • 3-in-1 guitar restring tool
  • Wire cutter
  • Nail clipper
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Yamaha C40II Classical Guitar
  • Spruce top
  • Meranti back & sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
  • Gloss finish
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ADM Full Size Classical Nylon Strings Acoustic Guitar 39 Inch Classic Guitarra Starter Bundle for Adult with Free Lessons, Gig Bag, E-tuner, Footstool, Kids Student Beginner Kits, Nature
  • ♫【ALL IN ONE AND BEGINNER FREE LESSONS】This 39 inch right-handed classical guitar starter kit comes with novice essential accessories at an affordable price. One waterproof guitar bag, one digital tuner(battery not included), one footstool, one stand, one capo, polish cloth and one month Free Start Lessons Card. Everything you need to start playing immediately comes in one box. Save your time and money
  • ♫【SELECTED MATERIAL】Featured with solid spruce for the top, nato for the neck, selected basswood for the back and side. Brings you richer and brighter sound. With duarble hard acrylic, ABS and golden coated steel pegs. The guitar is installed with upscale machine head. It is easy to adjust with the chrome geared tuning head to keep the guitar in tune. All classical guitars were 100% handmade by professional and experienced workers
  • ♫【SPECIAL DESIGN】Solid spruce top guitar with scalloped X bracing provides better durability; Well constructed body give a good tone & a comfortable action, balanced tone and full rich intermediate frequency, and prolongs resonance. Dual-action truss rod enables you to "balance" the tension on the neck and make your guitar easy to play. beautiful melodies and the Nylon strings are soft on the fingers for beginners and kids
  • ♫【GREAT GIFT FOR BEGINNERS】This 39 inch nylon stringed instrument kit is excellent for both beginner and budding musician, students or young player looking to start guitar playing. It brings you everything you need to start playing straight out of the box. A great gift for birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving Day, Children's Day, Graduation,Housewarming etc
  • ♫【GUITAR TUNING】To avoid damage in transportation, the guitar hasn't been tuned yet. Almost every guitar will out of tune at first because the 'new string' is a little tight. for new instrument, it'll take time for the strings as well as the wood to adapt the pulling force. So retuning more frequently after getting the guitar. It will stay in tune longer after few times' tuning
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Yamaha CG102 Classical Guitar, Spruce Top, Natural
  • Nylon Strings
  • Spruce Top w/Nato Back and Sides
  • Upgraded Tuners
  • Natural Color
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Best Choice Products 41in Beginner Acoustic Guitar Full Size All Wood Cutaway Guitar Starter Set Bundle with Case, Strap, Capo, Strings, Picks, Tuner - Brown
  • COMPLETE ALL-IN-ONE ADULT GUITAR KIT: No need to purchase any additional accessories, this all-inclusive set comes with a carrying case, extra strings, a strap with a pick holder, a tuner, pick guard, cleaning cloth, capo, and pick set
  • ULTIMATE BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE GUITAR: This full-size guitar is perfect for beginners and experienced players alike, with a dreadnought shape that produces a pleasant, warm tone
  • PROTECTIVE PADDED CASE: Take your guitar with you to school or on trips with a stylish and protective carrying case, designed with foam pads, a shock-proof rubber bottom, and even a front storage for your capo and extra picks
  • COMFORTABLE DESIGN: This classic, acoustic guitar is designed with a 41in body for a comfortable fit, perfect for beginners and experienced players alike
  • CLASSIC DESIGN: Elegant inlay provides a classic, acoustic look and the cutaway shape allows you to reach higher on the fret to reach high notes; place the included pickguard underneath the guitar sound hole to protect from pick scratches while playing; Dimensions: 15.75"(L) x 4.25"(W) x 41"(H)
SaleBestseller No. 5
Pyle Classical Acoustic Guitar 36” Junior size for beginners with starter kit - Steel String Guitarra Acustica Pack with Travel Gig Bag, Tuner, Picks, Strap for Students Practice, Kids, Adults
  • 36” BEGINNER GUITAR SET: Pyle brings you a complete all-in-one acoustic guitar set, everything you need to start playing. The guitar comes with a gig bag case, pitch pipe tuner, spare strings, pearloid picks, cleaning cloth, and a gift card
  • JUNIOR SCALE SIZE: A junior scale 6 string guitar perfect for use on lessons, recitals, band rehearsals, onstage performances or when practicing at home. Has a traditional classic body style great for beginners and children learning to play guitar
  • HANDCRAFTED: The classical guitar features handcrafted construction w/ linden wood body, birch headstock, dyed maple wood fretboard, high gloss polished body back w/ protective binding, rosette linden laminate finish, chrome 3-in-line machine head
  • BEGINNER READY: This traditional junior classic acoustic stringed instrument kit is excellent for both beginner and children looking to start guitar playing. It brings you everything you need to start playing straight out of the box
  • SPECIFICATIONS: Total length: 36”; Scale length: 22.8”; Total body length: 17.3”; Total neck length (Nut to body): 18.5”; No. of frets: 18 frets; Guitar body material: Linden wood; String material: Nylon; Total dimensions: 35.8” L x 13.4” W x 3.35” H
Bestseller No. 6
Yamaha Student Series CGS103AII Classical Guitar, Natural
  • Spruce Top
  • Meranti Back & Sides
  • Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Natural Finish
Bestseller No. 7
Takamine Concert Classic 132S Acoustic Guitar
  • Solid cedar top
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Gold machine heads
  • 3-color mosaic wood marquetry rosette
  • Gold machine heads
Bestseller No. 8
Fender CC-60SCE Concert Acoustic Guitar - Black
  • Single-cutaway concert body style
  • Fishman low-profile pickup/preamp
  • Solid spruce top with scalloped "X"-bracing
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Easy-to-play neck with rolled fingerboard edges
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Cordoba Protégé C1 Matiz Classical Guitar in Classic Blue with Color-Matching Recycled Nylon Gig Bag
  • Bring your music to life in full color with the Protégé C1 Matiz!
  • A fresh take on the traditional aesthetic of the nylon guitar, the Matiz series combines maple accents and traditional tone woods in 4 eye-catching colors: Aqua, Coral, Pale Sky, and Classic Blue
  • Spruce top and mahogany back and sides provide the projection and warmth associated with a nylon string guitar, while the maple headplate, bridge, and full-scale fretboard give the C1 Matiz an all new look with a lively tonal response.
  • A satin polyurethane finish provides a layer of protection against nicks and scratches, while the ghost rosette, designed after our traditional wood rosette, allows the eye-catching colored tops of the C1 Matiz to shine through and take center stage. Includes a color-matched gig bag made of recycled nylon so you can rest easy knowing your instrument is protected in responsible and sustainable fashion
  • Natural wood has unique spirit and varies greatly in color richness and wood grain; Product shipped may appear lighter or darker in color than the product shown here.
Bestseller No. 10
Fender Newporter Classic Acoustic Guitar - Aged Cognac Burst
  • Fender-exclusive Newporter body shape
  • Solid spruce top; solid mahogany back and sides
  • Fender-exclusive Fishman pickup/preamp system
  • Mahogany neck with slim-taper "C"-shaped profile; pau ferro fingerboard and bridge
  • Tilt-back 6-in-line headstock

Further Information About Alternative Materials

3-in-1 Guitar Rest Tool

Currently, the 3-in-1 guitar rest tool is sold a lot on the market. This is a tool with up to 3 functions in just one tool: cutter, winder, and pin puller. This tool is not only inexpensive but also multi-functional. Therefore, I think you should buy one to make the process of changing the strings easier.

Wire Cutter 

If you do not have the above tool and you also do not like to combine too many functions in one tool, you can use the wire cutter available in your home to cut. You can rest assured because the wire cutter perfectly produces sharp cuts like the above-specialized tool.

Nail Clipper

In case you absolutely do not have the above 2 things, you can use a nail cutter. We firmly believe that you must have at least one nail cutter in your home, so now you don’t have to worry about not being able to cut the string anymore. However, for strings 1 and 2, nail cutter cutting is not a problem. But for the 4 rest strings, we’re a bit worried about the age of your nail cutter. It will also cut them, but it will chip easily. Therefore, we suggest that you should buy one of these 2 above tools if you have an acoustic guitar in your home.

How To Cut Guitar Strings Before Winding During The Guitar Restring Process – Step-by-Step Cutting Guitar Strings Instructions

Step 1: Measure And Cut String No.6

After attaching the string to the guitar with the bridge pin, you straighten the string to the top of the guitar. Instead of threading it through the peg and winding it up, you cut the string first. You now have to take measurements to be able to cut it exactly. 

With the string number 6, you straighten it and put it on the 5th peg. You will cut the 6th string right on top of the 5th peg.

However, don’t forget to hold carefully 2 sides of the string to avoid it being thrown away or splashed into the eyes. After cutting the 6th string, you should push it to the left to avoid confusion.

Step 2: Measure And Cut String No.5

Step 2 will be the same process as step 1, in other words, the 5th string will be measured and cut like the 6th string. You have to put string number 5 on peg number 4 and cut it at peg number 4. Also, after cutting, don’t forget to push string number 5 to the left.

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  • Includes 3 individually wrapped sets
  • Ernie Ball Slinkys are played by legends around the world including Slash, Jimmy Page, Metallica, Eric Clapton, and more
  • Preferred by players across many genres, Regular Slinky’s 10-to-46 gauge has become the industry standard
  • Element Shield Packaging prolongs string life and keeps strings as fresh as the day they were made
  • Bright, balanced tone
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D'Addario Guitar Strings - Acoustic Guitar Strings - 80/20 Bronze - For 6 String Guitar - Deep, Bright, Projecting Tone - EJ11 - Light, 12-53
  • PRECISION WOUND - D’Addario 80/20 Bronze acoustic guitar strings are precision wound over a hexagonal high carbon steel core.
  • BOLD, BRIGHT SOUND - The 80/20 Bronze wrap wire provides bold, bright acoustic sound, with crisp projection that fills the room.
  • THE ORIGINAL ACOUSTIC STRING - 80/20 Bronze was originally created by John D’Addario Sr. and renowned guitar maker John D’Angelico in the 1930s.
  • EARN REWARD POINTS - Our 80/20 Bronze acoustic guitar strings come with a code on the recyclable VCI bag, which you can register to earn Players Circle points.
  • MADE IN THE USA – D’Addario 80/20 Bronze strings are made in the USA—drawn to our exacting specifications at our New York production facility.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Classic Pure Nickel Electric Guitar Strings, 10-46 Gauge (P02251)
  • Pure nickel was commonly used in electric guitar strings of the '50s and '60s
  • Warm, vintage tone
  • Preferred by players across many genres, Regular Slinky’s 10-to-46 gauge has become the industry standard
  • Signature Slinky feel
  • Made in California, USA with the finest and freshest materials
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Ernie Ball Earthwood Medium Light Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, 12-54 Gauge (P02146)
  • Warm, rich tone with excellent projection and clarity
  • Medium Light, the most popular gauge, consists of plain steel strings (.012, .016.) and phosphor bronze wound strings (.024, .032, .044, .054)
  • Phosphor bronze wound on a hex-shaped, high-carbon steel core wire
  • Element Shield Packaging prolongs string life and keeps strings as fresh as the day they were made
  • Made in California, USA with the freshest and finest materials
Bestseller No. 5
D'Addario Guitar Strings - Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings - EJ16 - Rich, Full Tonal Spectrum - For 6 String Guitars - 12-53 Light
  • CORROSION-RESISTANT, PRECISION WOUND – D’Addario Phosphor Bronze acoustic guitar strings are precision wound with phosphor bronze wrap wire, over a hexagonal high-carbon steel core.
  • WARM, BALANCED TONE - Phosphor Bronze wrap wire provides tried-and-true D’Addario acoustic tone, with beautiful balance and warmth suitable for all musical genres.
  • MOST POPULAR ACOUSTIC GUITAR STRING -  Now the standard in acoustic guitar strings, Phosphor Bronze strings were originally pioneered by D’Addario in the 1970s.
  • EARN REWARD POINTS - D’Addario Phosphor Bronze acoustic guitar strings come with a code on the recyclable VCI bag, which you can register to earn Players Circle points.
  • MADE IN THE USA – Our Phosphor Bronze strings are made in the USA—drawn to exacting specifications at our New York production facility.
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Yookat Acoustic Guitar Strings with 6 Picks, 3 Sets of 6 Acoustic Guitar Kit Guitar Strings Replacement Steel String For Beginners Performers
  • HIGH QUALITY:The string is made of high quality steel rustproof coating. with unique silver shiny color, durable for daily use.
  • WHAT YOU GET:Package include 3 set of 6pcs guitar strings and 6pcs extra picks,enough for daily practise.You do not need to cost time and money when you need to replace the string.
  • GREAT FOR PRACTISE:The string is fit for kinds of guitars, the flick is made of high quality Lu Lu pick, with smooth edge, long service life and small wear.
  • STRING DIMENSIONS:1: 0.2 mm/ 0.007 inch; 2: 0.3 mm/ 0.01 inch; 3: 0.6 mm/ 0.02 inch; 4: 0.7 mm/ 0.027 inch; 5: 1 mm/ 0.039 inch; 6: 1.2 mm/ 0.047 inch.
  • ENJOY MUSIC ART: It is fit for professional guitar artiest and also for beginners, it is a great work to create great music with the replacement string.
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Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings Regular - 3 Pack
  • 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings Regular - 3 Pack
  • This 3 pack of one of Ernie Ball's most popular Slinkys
  • The 2223 Nickel Super Slinky is crafted from nickel-plated, steel wire wrapped around a hex-shaped, steel core wire
  • The plain strings are made of specially tempered, tin-plated high carbon steel, producing a well-balanced tone for your guitar
  • All Ernie Ball strings are precision manufactured to the highest standards and the most exacting specs to assure consistency, optimum performance, and long life
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Martin Authentic Acoustic Guitar Strings, Superior Performance Extra Custom Light
  • Martin SP 80/20 Bronze acoustic guitar strings are made with our highest quality bronzed steel core wire and bronze wrap wire
  • Country of origin : Mexico
  • Gauges: 11-15-23-32-42-52
  • Highest Tensile-Strength core wire tin-plated on all six strings for added corrosion resistance
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Elixir 16052 Strings Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings w NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053)
  • Acoustic guitar strings constructed with phosphor bronze wrap wire
  • Played for a dynamic balance of rich, full-bodied tone and sparkling high-end clarity
  • Ultra-thin NANOWEB Coating provides a traditionally textured, “uncoated” feel
  • Our patented coating technology protects against common corrosion, extending tone life longer than any other brand’s coated or uncoated strings (Elixir Strings player survey)
  • Light gauge: .012 .016 .024 .032 .042 .053
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D'Addario Guitar Strings - Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings - EJ16-3D - Rich, Full Tonal Spectrum - For 6 String Guitars - 12-53 Light, 3-Pack
  • CORROSION-RESISTANT, PRECISION WOUND – D’Addario Phosphor Bronze acoustic guitar strings are precision wound with phosphor bronze wrap wire, over a hexagonal high-carbon steel core.
  • WARM, BALANCED TONE - Phosphor Bronze wrap wire provides tried-and-true D’Addario acoustic tone, with beautiful balance and warmth suitable for all musical genres.
  • MOST POPULAR ACOUSTIC GUITAR STRING -  Now the standard in acoustic guitar strings, Phosphor Bronze strings were originally pioneered by D’Addario in the 1970s.
  • EARN REWARD POINTS - D’Addario Phosphor Bronze acoustic guitar strings come with a code on the recyclable VCI bag, which you can register to earn Players Circle points.
  • MADE IN THE USA – Our Phosphor Bronze strings are made in the USA—drawn to exacting specifications at our New York production facility.

Step 3: Measure And Cut String No.4

With the 4th string, you will straighten it through the 4th peg to the point that is 5cm longer than the guitar head. You will cut the string at a point that is longer than the top of the guitar 5cm and leave the string to the left like the 2 steps above.

Step 4: Measure And Cut String No.3

The 3rd string will be similar to the 4th string. You straighten the string through the 3rd peg to the point that is longer than the top of the guitar 5cm. You will cut the 3rd string at a point that is 5cm longer than the head of the guitar and leave the string to the left.

Step 5: Measure And Cut String No.2

Note that the 2nd and 1st strings are the two thinnest strings on the guitar. Because it does not have a copper outer layer, when winding the wires 1 and 2 are more drifting. Therefore, when cutting, these 2 strings will be cut at little longer points. 

The 2nd string will be straightened through the 3rd peg and cut at a point that is 3cm longer than the 3rd peg. After that, you should also push string 2 to the left.

Step 6: Measure And Cut String No.1

The 1st string will be straightened on the 3rd peg and cut on the 3rd peg. Be careful not to mistakenly cut the 1st string on the 2nd peg.

Now you have completed the 6 steps of cutting guitar strings.

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CAHAYA 41 Inch Acoustic Guitar Bag 0.35 Inch Thick Padding Water Resistent Dual Adjustable Shoulder Strap Guitar Case Gig Bag with Back Hanger Loop, Black CY0152
  • 43.5” x 4.7” x 17.7”, compatible with 39/40/41 inch guitars.
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FAQs About Cutting Guitars Strings Before Winding Them

Q: After cutting the string, can I still continue to wind it as usual?

Of course, you can completely wind the strings as usual. In addition, cutting them before winding makes your winding process easier. Extra strings will not stab your hand or scratch the guitar anymore.

Also, you can consider the steps in the video below to change the strings for your guitar. Although the string measurement of the men in the video is a bit different from ours, after cutting strings our way, you just follow the restring ways of the video to get the best result. Due to our years of experience with guitar, we are confident that our measurements will give you a guitar with all the strings that are wound as they were when you first bought the guitar.

Q: What should we pay attention to when following the cutting steps above?

You should note that you need to hold the end of the string when cutting to avoid the string splashing in your eyes or splashing around. Also, as I have mentioned again and again above, after cutting you should leave the string to the left to avoid confusion.

Furthermore, you have to pay attention to all details that we have provided such as the string no.1 and no.2 will remain a bit longer than 4 other strings.

Can we apply this way of cutting guitar strings for other kinds of guitars?

The answer is no. Each kind of guitar will have different kinds of characteristics or be constructed differently. This way is just applied for acoustic guitars. 

However, if you want to know the way to cut other kinds of guitars, please let us know by commenting. We promise to bring you the most useful information.

Conclusion

You want to change the strings regularly so you can make the best sounds like a real guitarist, but you are worried that you will damage or scratch the guitar. Now you don’t need to worry anymore because you already know the esoteric way of cutting strings of guitar makers. We’ve shown you how to cut guitar strings before winding in the most detailed and specific way of changing strings to keep your guitar like a new one. Hope that you guys can become an artist to be able to successfully change strings for your own acoustic guitar.

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1Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 70's Jaguar Electric Guitar - Laurel - Surf GreenSquier by Fender Classic Vibe 70's Jaguar Electric Guitar - Laurel - Surf GreenVIEW PRODUCT
2Fender Classic Vibe 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Right, 2-Color Sunburst, Full (0374005500)Fender Classic Vibe 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Right, 2-Color Sunburst, Full (0374005500)VIEW PRODUCT
3Squier by Fender Classic Vibe Telecaster - Maple - Butterscotch Blonde - LHSquier by Fender Classic Vibe Telecaster - Maple - Butterscotch Blonde - LHVIEW PRODUCT
4Squier by Fender 50's Telecaster - Maple - White BlondeSquier by Fender 50's Telecaster - Maple - White BlondeVIEW PRODUCT
5Squier by Fender Paranormal Cabronita Telecaster Thinline, Maple Fingerboard, Parchment Pickguard, Lake Placid BlueSquier by Fender Paranormal Cabronita Telecaster Thinline, Maple Fingerboard, Parchment Pickguard, Lake Placid BlueVIEW PRODUCT

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