How To Restring A Mandolin

Category: Music
Tags: howtorestringmandolin
Author: liz@listpipe.com

Required Items Quantity
Mandolin strings1
Peg winder (optional)1
Wire cutters1
Eye protection1
Tuner1

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Lay the mandolin on a table or your lap. If you are right-handed, you probably want the head to your left and vice versa if you are a lefty. Replace one string at a time. Don't take them all off together. Start with the left G string (the one on the end). Loosen the tuning peg using the peg winder if you have one. When you've unwound it all the way, pull the string off the post. You may need to tug a bit. 00:00:00
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Pull the old string over the bridge. Be careful with strings. If they are cut or break while pulled tight, they go flying and can hit you in the eye. Hence, eye protection. 00:00:00
3
Lift up the covering of the tail piece and slide the old string through the tail piece. 00:00:00
4
Unhook the old string from the tail piece and remove. 00:00:00
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Get your new strings out of the package. Start with the left G string and thread the loop around the appropriate hook on the tail piece. Pull the string across the bridge and fretboard down to the head. 00:00:00
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Turn the left G tuning peg until the hole is in a good position for you to slide it through. Take the loose end of the string and thread the end through the hole on the tuning post and pull it fairly taut. The string should enter the hole from the side of the peg that is nearest the center of the head stock - from the center toward the edge where you are working. 00:00:00
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Make a 90 degree bend in the free end of the string, as close to the tuning peg as possible. Bend in a clockwise direction from the perspective of looking straight down on the peg from above. Use your free hand to hold the string tight on the fretboard. 00:00:00
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Wrap the free end of the string behind the post then under itself. Pull it tight. 00:00:00
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Reverse the direction of winding and bring the loose end back over itself keeping the tension. It should end up pointing to the end of the head and should have formed a tight "lock". 00:00:00
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If you did it right, you should be able to let go of the string and it will stay securely in place. It is now time to tighten and tune. 00:00:00
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As you tighten the string with the tuning post, keep tension on it. The strings need to stretch slightly and stay in place. As you wind, the loop you created should get covered up by the string winding over it. 00:00:00
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Check that the string is in the nut slot, bridge slot and that the loop is still around the hook on the tailpiece. 00:00:00
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Tune the string. Keep in mind that it will stretch. New strings need to be tuned frequently at first but eventually stabilize somewhat. 00:00:00
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When you've got it tuned, take your wire cutters and lay them flat in the tuning peg and snip off the loose end of the string. 00:00:00
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Don't leave the short piece of wire around. It becomes virtually invisible when it drops on the floor. It is not fun to step on or get caught in a vacuum cleaner. Wind it up and throw it away immediately. (Don't wait until you have eight short poky wires going haywire.) 00:00:00
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Continue with the next G string and so forth. When you are finished with the first side, turn the mandolin around so the other side is nearest you. 00:00:00
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