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Hi I’m Keith Holland from Keith Hollands guitar hospital today I’m gonna show you how to
restring your guitar. Its a very simple process but there are some important things you should know
about restring guitar that can help you. First of all let’s talk about tools, string liners these are important
I’d like to used an electric string winder and this is basically a drill it’s got a one device that’s inside it. It
speaks things a long and it helps a loy with the speed of the process. And this is a simple srting winder
you can get this just about any store, what I don’t like about this you have to be careful because on
some guitars you can see on this one as well. It’s easy to kind of camp this over and it could actually
hit the head right here and headstock that createa line in there, so you gotta be careful with this kind
I don’t use this my guys used this, but I do seldom as a beginner type tool. This is the same as this part
here, this is design by friend of mine and you can get this from D Markley or just about any job of this
days carrries this any kind of stores kind of, I think this stores will have this. It pulls out and you can put
it on the drill and you can used it as hand crank and what this does it actually fits into the tuner better.
There are several different sizes on their you can zoom in on that and see there are several different
cavities on this thta will fit partiular tuners you can fit that on their, see that one fit on that one, so it
doesn’t move around it’s nice and tight on their.
So when you turn that string it can’t hit the edge of the headstock co’z it’s nice and snug in
there. So snug in fact its difficult to take off.I’d like to show you this tool I’ve got a craftsman this
actually a screw driver, nice thing about this screw driver supposed to a drill is that you can get the
right tension on their, and actually slow speed you can’t really drill on this thing with slow enough
speed, to where you want drill on that string. So fast that it breaks actually the string you don’t wanna
have the speed you just wanna have the ability to without cranking it you can get thta string fairly
quick. So it’s important to find a screw driver it doesn’t have a lot of tork and its not real fast and thats
what craftsman screwdriver I have several here in the shop that we used and their all the same device
basically so I wanna tell you about that. We even discussing how to change strings on the guitar. So far
we’ve look at how to what the tools to use to restringing guitar as far as hand crank is. But now were
gonna talk about tha other tools.
This is an important tool its a string cutter, its just a high quality wire clipper and this kind of
serve a couple of purposes we’ll talk about that when we changed the strings. And with that also a
tuning device. Best thing device that I found that is new will fit on headstock type tuners. You don’t need
pick up on the guitar, it works on electric guitar, acoustic guitar pick up the vibration in the neck of the
string very accurate tuners. And their vey unexpensive you can get this for under $20 highly recommend
this for several different models available most stores have in this days, so that’s the other important
device. So first thing we do is we wanna tune this strings down just a little bit, let me just do it by hand
you don’t need to crank for this and then we remove the strings. Important part here is when I teach
my guys when you have a tool in your hands. Don’t hold it over the guitar you bring the tool around
the guitar when your working on the guitar, that will stop you from maybe picking up something and
have it drop on top of the guitar. So you keep the tools away from the guitar you pick up your tool bring
it from the back got your string flip it off. (background noise), being careful not to hit the headstock
if you wanna remove that string.Sometimes it takes a little effort you might want to flip it on the end
their as well take the string off.Now here’s the other purpose of the tuner of the clipper is you bring that
over the top very gently you can grip the edge of the string pin. And by just gently pushing down from
this side you can’t harm that saddle it’s very hard material if you leave it this side you can leave dings
in their. Also this inexpensive type of string winders you know, they will do the same thing they will
actually scar up by seeing this all the time where this brigdes are scarred up. If you used one of this you
wanna come from this directly pull it up that way at least I’d like to used my dice my cutters here. So you
bring that over gently, lift up on that thing move it out and then take the string out. Also you might like
to have something to put your removable items from the guitar.

Hi I’m Keith Holland from Keith Hollands guitar hospital today I’m gonna show you how torestring your guitar. Its a very simple process but there are some important things you should knowabout restring guitar that can help you. First of all let’s talk about tools, string liners these are importantI’d like to used an electric string winder and this is basically a drill it’s got a one device that’s inside it. Itspeaks things a long and it helps a loy with the speed of the process. And this is a simple srting winderyou can get this just about any store, what I don’t like about this you have to be careful because onsome guitars you can see on this one as well. It’s easy to kind of camp this over and it could actuallyhit the head right here and headstock that createa line in there, so you gotta be careful with this kindI don’t use this my guys used this, but I do seldom as a beginner type tool. This is the same as this parthere, this is design by friend of mine and you can get this from D Markley or just about any job of thisdays carrries this any kind of stores kind of, I think this stores will have this. It pulls out and you can putit on the drill and you can used it as hand crank and what this does it actually fits into the tuner better.There are several different sizes on their you can zoom in on that and see there are several differentcavities on this thta will fit partiular tuners you can fit that on their, see that one fit on that one, so itdoesn’t move around it’s nice and tight on their.
So when you turn that string it can’t hit the edge of the headstock co’z it’s nice and snug inthere. So snug in fact its difficult to take off.I’d like to show you this tool I’ve got a craftsman thisactually a screw driver, nice thing about this screw driver supposed to a drill is that you can get theright tension on their, and actually slow speed you can’t really drill on this thing with slow enoughspeed, to where you want drill on that string. So fast that it breaks actually the string you don’t wannahave the speed you just wanna have the ability to without cranking it you can get thta string fairlyquick. So it’s important to find a screw driver it doesn’t have a lot of tork and its not real fast and thatswhat craftsman screwdriver I have several here in the shop that we used and their all the same devicebasically so I wanna tell you about that. We even discussing how to change strings on the guitar. So farwe’ve look at how to what the tools to use to restringing guitar as far as hand crank is. But now weregonna talk about tha other tools.
This is an important tool its a string cutter, its just a high quality wire clipper and this kind ofserve a couple of purposes we’ll talk about that when we changed the strings. And with that also atuning device. Best thing device that I found that is new will fit on headstock type tuners. You don’t needpick up on the guitar, it works on electric guitar, acoustic guitar pick up the vibration in the neck of thestring very accurate tuners. And their vey unexpensive you can get this for under $20 highly recommendthis for several different models available most stores have in this days, so that’s the other importantdevice. So first thing we do is we wanna tune this strings down just a little bit, let me just do it by handyou don’t need to crank for this and then we remove the strings. Important part here is when I teachmy guys when you have a tool in your hands. Don’t hold it over the guitar you bring the tool aroundthe guitar when your working on the guitar, that will stop you from maybe picking up something andhave it drop on top of the guitar. So you keep the tools away from the guitar you pick up your tool bring
it from the back got your string flip it off. (background noise), being careful not to hit the headstockif you wanna remove that string.Sometimes it takes a little effort you might want to flip it on the endtheir as well take the string off.Now here’s the other purpose of the tuner of the clipper is you bring thatover the top very gently you can grip the edge of the string pin. And by just gently pushing down fromthis side you can’t harm that saddle it’s very hard material if you leave it this side you can leave dingsin their. Also this inexpensive type of string winders you know, they will do the same thing they willactually scar up by seeing this all the time where this brigdes are scarred up. If you used one of this youwanna come from this directly pull it up that way at least I’d like to used my dice my cutters here. So youbring that over gently, lift up on that thing move it out and then take the string out. Also you might liketo have something to put your removable items from the guitar.

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  1. Kurt Steffen December 6, 2011

    Dear Keith,
    I have a vintage Yamaha acoustic 12-string. I am interested in having some professional work done on it: (1) convert from acoustic to acoustic electric, with an inset box which can be viewed & manipulated while playing the guitar which has both built-in tuner, and built-in equalizer; (2) close-to-perfect action with quality light guage strings. (3) There are about 3-5 scratches/marks that I’d like sanded/refinished/polished. It’s a judgement call for you to let me know if you think the tuners (chrome) are acceptable, or ought to be replaced with brass-or-bronze replacements.
    I live in Redwood City, and would like to know when would be a good time to bring my 12-string to you for an estimate.
    Thanks,
    Kurt

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