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HOW TO Change Your Guitar Strings WITHOUT Any Tools

November 5, 2019

Hi guys so today I’m gonna teach you how to
change a new set of strings on your guitar without any tools so you don’t have pliers, you don’t have this windy thing And you have a new set of strings but you need to change it right now So what you’re gonna do is… For this demonstration I’m gonna use the A string So I’m just gonna unwind the A string This part over here, you want to push this string into the guitar like so Sometimes you can take it out like that, sometimes you can’t So in this case I can’t, cause it’s too tight So when it’s too tight, just loosen the rest of the strings. The G string and the D string over here I’m gonna loosen the B string too Then you put your hand into the guitar Push the bridge pin up from the bottom You’ll be able to feel it from underneath the guitar Push it up like so, and the bridge pin is out Take your new string, and put it inside and make sure that the tip of the string which goes inside, that part jutting out right over here, that it actually faces up put it inside and pull the string up and thread it through this part of the machine head through the hole So you want to pull it with your finger not so tight and then put your two fingers, index and your thumb at the nut at the tip, right here And then you pull it back about one fret Then you start tightening Make sure your fingers are holding it while tightening And make sure this end of the string is facing up Not going down For this part of the string You want to coil it like so So what you do is make a coil, like so You hold it with your two fingers over here And take this part and put it through inside and put it through again Looks nice and neat There you go, so it doesn’t dangle around I hope this helps you in changing your guitar strings Especially in emergency situations where you don’t have any tools and Thanks for watching! Subscribe if you like it!


  • Reply inphanta December 1, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you so much. This literally JUST happened to me and your video helped me out!

  • Reply Josh J December 21, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Awesome video! Helped so much!

  • Reply Benjamin Chay January 22, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    If you still can't push the bridge pin up, you would need to get a piece of cloth and use it to push the bridge pin up so it doesn't hurt your finger.

  • Reply Alfredo Rodriguez January 24, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Should saved my life thanks bro

  • Reply Beth Girmai February 11, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you so much Benjamin!!! Very helpful and saved $$ and now ready to change my Acoustic guitar strings 🙂 God bless and keep it up!!

  • Reply R. Sandwich February 26, 2017 at 9:11 am

    why do we need to pull it back by one fret?

  • Reply Byron Brycen February 26, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you, it took an hour to fix it but it worked! My guitar is so freakin' old that I couldn't take the peg out.

  • Reply Deanna Keattch February 28, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I don't even have a youtube account, I just search for certain videos but i felt compelled to create one simply to leave a comment on this video. Recently my high E string snapped, and I've never replaced a string on my guitar before so I'm pretty useless. Thank you so very much for this video! I have now fixed the string and am happily playing again!! 😀

  • Reply Kylie Nichole M. Galvez March 7, 2017 at 7:10 am

    how can i change my strings if my guitar do not have holes for bridge pins??

  • Reply Riki Engu March 12, 2017 at 8:10 am

    omg thank you so much dude, was great help 👍👍👍

  • Reply shoy bay March 20, 2017 at 1:29 am

    omg thank u

  • Reply Josip Tito March 22, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Thank You!!

  • Reply Rackstar April 2, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Thanks, no one told me I need a tool. So I must do it without one for now until I get one.

  • Reply Dawid Żarnowski April 16, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    who is using the daddario strings O.o

  • Reply delbee Ng April 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Thank You so much baby👏😊

  • Reply Asmita Kshetri April 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    This helps me a lot…
    I'm so glad and i'm so thankful for this video…

  • Reply H Life May 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    You are literally amazing. Keep up the good work!. Thanks alot! 😊

  • Reply viv May 20, 2017 at 5:11 am

    holy shiz, thank u so muccchhhh. I'm so pissed that I only found this cideo so late.

  • Reply Leah Steiner Suter May 28, 2017 at 2:31 am

    thank you!

  • Reply Anthony Barkis June 13, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    My string won't go down😩😩😩

  • Reply Daniel The Bassist July 2, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    My first ever replaced successfully my strings in acoustic guitar. Thankiew very much bro👍🤘

  • Reply Madan Jothidasan July 8, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Thanks bro

  • Reply ok July 10, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    thank you for making this, it was very helpful! I got a little purple guitar for Christmas when I was 10 and I snapped the high e string and I never figured out how to fix it… found it in my closet just today and decided I wanted to learn how to play it 😁 first I need to clean it though, it's been in there a looong time

  • Reply Angeline Nyquist August 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Can you cut the coil off afterwards?

  • Reply edgy bitch August 7, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Could this damage the guitar? If I broke mine my parents would never trust me around instruments again. XD

  • Reply Epic Music Nepal August 26, 2017 at 9:17 am

    oe khata mugi mero guitar begro

  • Reply Josh Lipovetsky September 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Really great advice, Ben!

  • Reply Ragad Ali October 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Should I change them one by one?

  • Reply Rohan Kishibe October 11, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Thank you so much! This helped a lot (^^)
    Also, I saw in the comments you're from singapore, it's quite nice there (^^)

  • Reply asmah yusoff October 18, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    thanks. from Malaysia

  • Reply Bob Hotdog October 28, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Wow thanks for showing me how to get the bridge pin out when pushing the string in wasn't working! I never thought to stick my hand inside

  • Reply Aman Tmg October 29, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Thank helped

  • Reply R. D. December 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the helpful video

  • Reply lane99 January 9, 2018 at 1:34 am

    I saw another video where the guy wound the string around the tuning post a couple times before he threaded the string through the hole in the post. I'm not sure if that is better or not?

  • Reply Kimmy Ragsdale January 15, 2018 at 1:03 am


  • Reply Giuliano Basile January 27, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    this video was helpful

  • Reply Harzlibube February 23, 2018 at 11:20 am

    i have the same strings

  • Reply Every minute burns a hole in my soul March 1, 2018 at 12:55 am


  • Reply Devanshi Shukla March 8, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Thanku so much..It was so easy..n perfectly done..

  • Reply MrBadnews April 8, 2018 at 5:36 am

    aw thank u very much

  • Reply Hannah Smith April 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Dear Benjamin Chay,

    I appreciate your video “How to Change Your Guitar Strings Without Any Tools.” I recently had to put what you taught into practice a few weeks ago as I didn’t have any tools with me at college. My main piece of advice would be to enhance your delivery. I detail this in a paragraph below. While your video was helpful, I have some recommendations to make your future content even better!


    Overall, your video is effective and does a good job of relaying the needed information. You begin your video by explaining what you’re about to do, clarify useful terminology, and give quick, concise instructions. To make each step even clearer, I recommend repeating each step aloud two or three times. This would ensure the viewer knows exactly what they need to do.


    Your video is well organized, and I don’t see any problems with the way you edited the video. You presented your information in a structured way that is clear to the viewers and easy to follow along.


    Your video could would be greatly improved with style. Currently, your video doesn’t have a set style. There isn’t a right or wrong style. However, according to the Animoto Blog, style “makes an important first impression to the viewer.” I believe if you chose a set style for your videos it would increase viewership. Style can include font, color scheme, and narration. You can accomplish this by being consistent with your fonts and colors when editing in post-production. Choose a style that you think embodies your YouTube channel’s personality and aesthetic.


    Of the four aspects of your video I’m addressing, delivery is the most important. Like I said above, while your video is effective, I think if you enhance your delivery viewership/interaction will increase. First, you have many steps that you give in the video. To make each step absolutely clear, you should overlay text of the instructions. That way, the viewer will not be unsure of what you said. This can be easily done in simple video editing software by clicking “insert text.” Secondly, your video would benefit from using “jump cuts.” A jump cut is a form of editing that means a video is compiled of many short clips. An article on says an advantage of jump cuts is that “it keeps the video pace moving along quickly, thus keeping the viewer engaged.” Comparatively, your video is currently made up of only a few, long clips. Last, I suggest that you use multiple camera angles. While your video works with just one angle, I believe you should change the angle when you’re showing an up-close view of the guitar. This will help viewers see exactly what you’re doing.

    I hope this letter is helpful. If you have any questions at all about further developing your content, feel free to contact me.


    Hannah Smith

  • Reply Rejani Rajesh May 2, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you so much @benjaminchay…. i m just a beginner and broke the string while tuning!! I followed ur instructions and my parents were surprised as they thought we had to go to the market to put the strings again… Thank you once again❤️😃

  • Reply DRAWING MONK May 8, 2018 at 6:33 am

    thanks benjamin

  • Reply Dipa Kahali May 26, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    thank you so much…. it really works…

  • Reply Ganga limbu June 5, 2018 at 4:42 am

    At first I used my bare finger and I was like OMG OUCH

  • Reply Ganga limbu June 5, 2018 at 4:49 am

    I can’t take out even with the cloth

  • Reply Ganga limbu June 5, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Thx i took it out but unfortunately the other string broke and my replaced string is bent

  • Reply Bruno Fanjak June 6, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you !

  • Reply Ghandjaloodah June 11, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Nice good job man

  • Reply Tharundya Narasinghe July 27, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Tnank u very much!!!

  • Reply NagSen B Ingle August 11, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Really helpful

  • Reply Aizah Yaseen August 14, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    This would have worked but the things that hold the strings in are to tight to take out

  • Reply Piper Speake August 16, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Thank you so so much it worked for mw

  • Reply ricky rojas August 20, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks man! Just restrung my guitar for the first time cause of this vid! Keep up the good work

  • Reply Sunish Subrahmanian August 24, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    hey man
    what to do after making the coil

  • Reply Ruiz Ruiz August 25, 2018 at 9:12 am

    You are a lifesaver!!!

  • Reply Seahawks Fan August 28, 2018 at 2:44 am

    Thank you I love your videos I love them a lot thanks

  • Reply DuskHwy August 29, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply Some Dude September 6, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Thanks a lot

  • Reply David Nagy September 13, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Thank you for this video

  • Reply LionPlay - Mustafas-Bycikle September 14, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks very helpful Video! Keep it going!

  • Reply Kathina Gallery October 22, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Thank you! I have a big problem what if your nylon strings don't even have a ball end???? It's my 1st time changing strings on my acoustic and I'm not sure how it will stay

  • Reply Bahaar Husain October 31, 2018 at 2:53 am


  • Reply Diando November 14, 2018 at 11:12 am

    tfw everyone here probably snapped their high e string smh

  • Reply Morganne Robbins November 30, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Very helpful thank you

  • Reply CookieBiscuit December 5, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    You can just cut the string with your bare hands and a little bit of science help. Just roll it clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation repeatedly until it snap by itself. It works especially when you don't have any cutter tools and the strings kept annoys you everytime.

  • Reply Lanx January 2, 2019 at 8:10 am


  • Reply Oregano January 3, 2019 at 7:46 am

    this helped a lot man, thanks you!

  • Reply spring water January 5, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Thanks mate! Great vid!

  • Reply Quoc N. January 5, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply sunny rehmat January 5, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you so much

  • Reply eieu poo January 6, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Aw its time to chage again, this is the most stressing thing for me especially the last string haha

  • Reply Alan Sajju January 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you man!

  • Reply Mitsuha Sanchez January 15, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Thank youuuu!

  • Reply Blinky Thrfosev January 28, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you, so very much. I don't have tools and this work.

  • Reply Gujeti Shruthi January 30, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Tnq for making this vdo. It helps me n i fixed my string by grace of God. God bless you 😇.

  • Reply #RAPHAEL HEMBROM February 12, 2019 at 10:30 am


  • Reply Simon the Lion [Cuber] March 3, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    We use the same strings

  • Reply rima gupta March 6, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Thanks helped me a lot ❤

  • Reply Wonder Maddy March 9, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    This was such a big help!!! I followed along with the video and it worked!! Thank you so much!

  • Reply Kamal Bensra March 10, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Awesome video! Thanks buddy! Life saver! ❤️

  • Reply Trinity Harper March 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    you saved my butt with this.One of my strings popped, and i didn't have the courage to ask anyone else.

  • Reply aspoon53 March 20, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you Jeremy Chang!
    <3 Sam n Ski

  • Reply The God Of Thunder March 31, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Thank you man it help alot🤩🥳!!!!

  • Reply JFRazorOfficial April 12, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Dumb question, but would it be fine to cut off the excess string instead of coiling it up?

  • Reply Recovering 4vr April 25, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Hey this is nice! Very well done young man! And I can tell you are a good player, that's a dangerous instrument lol! I think you should send that guitar to me for my birthday!! Haha!

  • Reply Jonathan May 17, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Very helpfull. Thank you.

  • Reply Partha Bhuyan May 18, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    thank you so much

  • Reply PhylisophicalPlebian July 15, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    the music makes it hard to hear you

  • Reply Chufue July 17, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Ok this is super helpful, but what's the writing on your wall lol?

  • Reply Johnny Guitar July 24, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    I've been playing the guitar for 2 years now and this video helped me to get started!

    I remember, that night when I was changing the strings for the first time ever, I was anxious and afraid that a string would break under tension and slice my eye so I wore sunglasses the entire time. But everything was perfect, since I followed your instructions precisely.

    And after that experience I had the idea that I could wear sunglasses when I go to the dentist. And it works! Sitting in the dentist's chair in all those lights surrounded by sharp tools is much easier when I wear sunglasses, and the dentist doesn't mind at all, she's even glad to have a calmer patient.

    Now, 2 years and 10 string changes later, I use that "pro tool" which has 3-in-1 functions of wire cutter, pin puller and winding thing. Also, it seems to me that it is not important to make sure how the ball end of the string is rotated when you drop the ball in. I just changed strings, my first Gibson strings, and their ball end is wrapped in some purple paper or something so that I couldn't even tell which rotation is the one that turns the knot thing on the string upward. And everything is fine when I play.

    Anyway, thank you very much for this very good and very user-friendly video 🙂

  • Reply Cooligan August 16, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Ben, you saved my life

  • Reply Vienn Gray August 27, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Pretty helpful and it's easy. ❤️

  • Reply Kenji September 7, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Thank you so much, broke my g string yesterday and I watched this and it helped a lot. I needed a spoon for the pin but either way it worked so thank you!

  • Reply Yheldy September 8, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Are you able to cut off the excess string instead of coiling it?

  • Reply _ ɐuɐᴉɹq _ September 14, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I broke my high e string, and the pin won't come out, I think it's either way too tight or broken. I'm a beginner to this because i just got my guitar yesterday so if there's any way someone could tell me what to do it would help a lot. 😂

  • Reply Marionne Canasta September 15, 2019 at 11:10 am

    You just save my life thanks dude!😂

  • Reply Alex Brown October 7, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply Kadoe Hendricks October 30, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Awesome video man, really helpful

  • Reply Benjamin Chay November 2, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Hey everyone thank you all for your support to help me reach 100k views! I hope you all will subscribe and check out my latest video (link in the end screen)!

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