Restringing Your Guitar: The “Locking” Method

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 (20)

Tom C January 07, 2019 - 9:52pm
I have SE277 Barirone solid body. I would like to upgrade the tuners to locking. Suggestions?
Armando M Rizo December 07, 2018 - 9:43pm
Hello PRS Team, I have a 2006 Custom 22 10 Top in Blood Orange I am the original owner and I want to verify what gauge strings did this guitar come with originally. Thanks, Armando
Charlie Thomes November 28, 2018 - 7:29pm
I have a McCarty 594, a C24 that you guys converted to basically a 24-08 with 57-08 pups, and a HB2P on order through Willies American guitars in St. Paul. Just received my S2 Studio from SwWtr, I want 9.5-44 ga strings on all of these guitars, is a small change like this going to cause any problems?
Jay Brunker June 17, 2018 - 1:56am
What's the stock/default string gauge for the PRS SVN?
Jim Bailey May 31, 2018 - 11:14pm
I just purchased and received a SE Custom Spalted Maple top guitar. What is the string guage? If I went smaller would that cause tuning problems. Thanks Jim
Adil May 09, 2018 - 9:29pm
Hi. I just bought an SE Standard 24. I love the string gauge. May I know what gauge is on it ?
Charlie Lauterback May 07, 2018 - 2:31pm
Hi, I have a problem with my tremolo height. How do I raise the tremolo from the body. Also how far do I tighten the screws on it? Thank You.
PHILBERT April 21, 2018 - 7:57pm
I just bought two new SE Floyd Custom 24 guitars and love them both. I changed strings on one to my usual brand and the body of the tone dropped out. Who makes the strings on these guitars? I like coated strings for long life, but have to have a full tone. If I could buy a coated version of these strings, I would string all 14 of my guitars with them! Thanks!
[email protected] March 26, 2018 - 4:38pm
Hey Massimo, our customer service folks can give you tips on things to look out for when increasing string gauge. Contact them at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Massimo Fiamma March 24, 2018 - 9:00am
Hey Guys, I own a Custom 24 Serial # 222119 Neck Pattern Thin 30th Anniversary an it has been set up by the factory for PRS Strings Gauge 10-46! I would like to put on heavier strings 011, .014, .020w, .028, .038, .049 PRS Electric Guitar Strings 011! Is there any instruction you can give me or a video to help me set up the guitar correctly for the heavier strings? Thanks for the feedback... Regards Massimo
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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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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