Traditionally the strings of a guitar are tied onto the bridge tightly. This is usually done with a knotting process. However, there is another way to tie the nylon strings when one is new to the tying or changing process. This is where the ball-end lines are used.
There is already a tied end in a line inside a new string packet. Once you just get it through the bridge hole, the tied ball automatically stops the string, and there is no need to link an extra knot. So let us have a check on how to string classical guiter with ball-end strings.
How to string a classical guitar with ball-end strings
A classical guitar usually uses the nylon strings as these strings are soft and produce a pleasant tone of the music. Furthermore, the nylon strings are more comfortable to apply for a beginner or someone who finds changing the lines a tough job.
As most of the users of classical guitars are beginners, there come packets of nylon strings with ball ends. These strings already contain a ball knot so that one doesn’t have to go through the process of tying the string knots in the bridge holes.
Signs to Change Guitar Strings
- When the strings are out of tune
- The strings buzz and have a blunt sound
- The string’s tune is not lively
- The guitar strings are discolored and rusty
- The lines do not feel as swift as before
- The strings feel out of shape
Tools Needed to Change Guitar Strings
Before starting to change the strings of the classical guitar, the following equipment can help to ease the task for a person-
- A string winder
- A wire clipper
- A tuner (smartphone apps are also available to use instead of a tuner)
Stringing a Classical Guitar with Ball End Strings
Ball end strings bring one of the best advantages of stringing as the tying process gets easier with them. There is no need to tie knots at the end of the guitar, that is the in the bridge area, as the ball ends do that for you. So, there are lesser steps and more straightforward process of stringing a classical guitar with ball-end strings.
First, remove the strings one by one starting from the last or the 6th string. It is suggested that all the strands should be removed first, and then one should move to the restringing process as it is easier and safer. The string winder helps to speed up the removing process.
Since we’re using ball-end strings, we’ll simply put the strings through the bridge hole one by one until the line is stuck to the hole with the ball end. As you can see, the process gets easier here since you do not need to tie a knot near the bridge hole of the classical guitar.
No, we can directly move on to the top portion of the guitar, which is the headstock. The other end of the string will now need to be put inside the holes of the machine head post. Here, you need to tie a knot and make sure the string is twisting on top and not underneath.
Since the first three nylon strings are quite thin and skinny, give more knots to them. Ideally, the 6th, 5th, and 4th strings should have 2 knots, and the first three strings should have at least 3 knots.
In this step, we turn the tuning peg as much as needed to straighten and tighten the string. It is vital to make sure that the lines are tight and have a firm grip with both the end of the guitar.
It’s time to tune the guitar. Tuning is a fun process, and it helps to tighten and to grip the strings even more. It is recommended that as a beginner, you tune one step higher than actual and let the guitar rest overnight. The tuning step is like a repetition of tune, stretch, optimize, and repeat until the tuner shows proper scale on the screen.
Finally, once the tuning of the guitar has been set overnight, you can cut the excess parts of the strings accordingly. The excess series can be thrown away to trash cans. Thus, the stringing process with ball-end strings is done, and you now have a better, sounder, and stable toned classical guitar with ball-end nylon strings.
The ball or loop end strings are one of the most go-to strings for new and even regular guitar players. These strings are easy to change, easy to tie, and thus very popular to people who love to change their classical guitar strings frequently as they are easier to install.
However, the quality of the ball end strings need to better as people often claim the strings to be too soft, and the produced sounds are too soft. So here you have just known how to string a classical guitar with ball-end strings.