Noob Question: Changing Strings on a Strat with Tremolo

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by RocknPop, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. RocknPop

    RocknPop Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,206
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Hi guys, pardon the noob question, but I just bought my first strat and I wanted to know if I can remove all the strings at once to change them or do I have to do this one by one.

    My strat has a SSS configuration and it has a tremolo and locking tuners. It's a Strat American Deluxe .
     
  2. Zero G

    Zero G Member

    Messages:
    5,545
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2009
    Location:
    Canada
    Either, or. If you want to do a thorough cleaning of the fretboard and/or polish the frets, take 'em all off at once. If not, one at a time is easier, and it keeps the tension on the neck and the trem. Start at the high e and work your way to the low e. Don't forget to stretch your strings after you re-string. This will help to prevent breakage and your guitar will stay in tune better.
     
  3. UncleLarry

    UncleLarry Member

    Messages:
    2,203
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2009
    Location:
    Sandy, UT
    Yep, +100% :aok
     
  4. shane88

    shane88 Member

    Messages:
    23,465
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2008
    Location:
    X
    loosen em all so the trem decks - snip em all off - wipe down board - restring
     
  5. CyberFerret

    CyberFerret Member

    Messages:
    9,993
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2010
    Location:
    Darwin, Australia
    Either way works, but like the others here, I tend to remove ALL the strings on my guitars when restringing, and give the neck a good clean down and polish...
     
  6. Mrmarshallhead

    Mrmarshallhead Member

    Messages:
    597
    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2008
    Me too.

    To the OP, just note that when you start tuning up, as you tighten one string, the bridge moves forward a little, flattening all the rest of them, so just get all 6 into the ballpark before you worry about tuning them perfectly, otherwise you'll be back and forth each string repeatedly.

    My own technique is to jam the (removed for restringing) backplate under the back of the bridge, which keeps it angled to where I like it for floating, and string up. I already have the springs adjusted so that at concert pitch, the backplate just slides out naturally and the guitar is much faster to tune up.
     
  7. David Garner

    David Garner Member

    Messages:
    3,748
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Location:
    Yorkville, Georgia
    You can do it both ways, but I typically go one at a time.
     
  8. scolfax

    scolfax Member

    Messages:
    6,579
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2008
    If the trem is floating I'll do them one at a time. Especially on a Floyd.
     
  9. RocknPop

    RocknPop Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,206
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Thanks guys, so basically I can remove them all and there won't be a problem with adjusting intonation later.
     
  10. omfg51

    omfg51 Member

    Messages:
    2,912
    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2011
    The cool thing about a strat's bridge is that it stays the way it is set up whenever you take off all of the strings. I always remove them all at once and give the thing a good cleaning. I always have to. My Les Paul however is a pain in the arse, due to the fact that the bridge and stopbar are supposed to come off. I always clean it, but I leave only 2 on the six on so I can keep everything set the way I like and clean it. Then, I put on a few new strings, and then take off the old ones and finish the job.
     
  11. RocknPop

    RocknPop Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,206
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Cool, so just to confirm, I'm not messing anything with the tremolo mechanism OR the intonation if I remove all the strings.
     
  12. UncleLarry

    UncleLarry Member

    Messages:
    2,203
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2009
    Location:
    Sandy, UT
    I'll try to explain this clearly:

    As long as you keep the same gauge strings, you will not have to adjust your intonation or trem springs. If you go to a lighter or heavier gauge, you will need to readjust both and possibly readjust the neck truss rod.

    If you take all the strings off at once, it will take longer to retune. As you bring a string up to pitch, it will cause the other strings to slack. You will need to tighten each string several times until the balance between trem spring tension and string tension is reached. This is why many players just do one string at a time. The tension is already balanced by the old strings and the new ones can be tuned to pitch quickly as you replace them one at a time.

    Got it?
     
  13. Glowing Tubes

    Glowing Tubes Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    8,487
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2004
    Location:
    Northern Colorado
    I change all of the strings at once, give the fretboard a clean and polish, then a little nut sauce on the nut. Stretch the strings and you will be good to go. Good luck
     
  14. RocknPop

    RocknPop Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,206
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Very clear. Got it, did it, and saw what you meant.

    Thanks!
     

Share This Page