Restringing Your Guitar: The “Locking” Method

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Restringing Guitar Tips

Ready to put a fresh set of strings on your guitar? We have some tips and tricks from one of our very own "Paul Reed Smith Tech Center" employees!


Our tech center, also known as the "PTC" has a combined 50 years of experience working on and maintaining PRS instruments. In the video below, James "Skitchy" Zimmers shares the "locking" technique our employees use when stringing and restringing our guitars. Following these simple methods will keep your guitar in tune longer and give you more time to focus on nailing that solo!

Check it out below!

If you want more detail on stretching your strings, check out this blog on preventing guitar tuning troubles!

If you're interested in having work done to your guitar, check out the PTC here!

Comments (10)

Tommie Chick February 16, 2018 - 12:16pm
I have a "Wood Library" MC 594 that I purchased from Pete at Rainbow Guitars in Tucson,AZ. I live in Greenwich, CT but the guys at Rainbow are the best and this guitar I bought is by far and away the best playing, sounding and looking guitar I have ever owned. Thank you for making a vintage quality instrument that I can afford. - Tommie
[email protected] February 12, 2018 - 12:08pm
Hey Chris! One gauge up from the current setup will usually not cause any problems. Pinch the string on either side of the nut, and pull it up out of the nut slot, if you hear any popping or feel any resistance, the nut may need to be re-cut to open the slot.
Chris Foley February 11, 2018 - 6:46pm
I have a SE 24 Floyd custom. Can I put 10s on it without having change the nut?
Jim Reznikoff November 09, 2017 - 9:47am
I have a Neal Schon model with the floyd rose bridge. I have a heck of a time changing strings and get it in tune. Any suggestions on how to restring and tune the floyd rose bridge?
[email protected] July 25, 2017 - 3:54pm
Hey Jim, reach out to our customer service with help on this! You can reach them at [email protected]
Jim July 24, 2017 - 1:36pm
HI Guys, Just bought my first PRS...wanted one for years. Went to change the strings and found the saddle is completely loose and slides around. Should this be glued down and if so, how much glue and what type? THanks
Gary McKee May 28, 2017 - 1:09pm
My guitar is a 1997 Custom serial #28549. This guitar has some kind of locking, black catches on the top spindle of the tuning machines. Can you send me info on how to work these odd catches in restringing my guitar. I can't figure them out and don't wanna screw up my instrument. Regards, Gary
Jordan February 25, 2017 - 7:54am
The first guitar is an SE Custom, I believe it's a spalted maple limited run they did a few years ago.
MK HILL February 19, 2017 - 12:33am
What model of guitar was the SE with red binding?
Jack Rothschild January 17, 2017 - 4:07pm
What is the wood venier on the guitar that Skitchy is showing the "locking" re-string video on your website.

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