How Much Does It Cost to Restring a Guitar

There are two ways that strings get changed on a guitar. Either you do it yourself or have a professional do it. Each method will incur different costs and is a job that will need to be done at some point. But how much does it cost to restring a guitar?

The cost to replace your guitar strings will generally be between $5 – $50 depending on who does the work and your choice of brand.

There are many options of strings and service centers that can do the work for you. It comes down to how comfortable you are doing it yourself. In this article, we will explore the costs of restringing a guitar.

How Much Does It Cost to Restring a Guitar

How Much Does It Cost to Restring an Electric Guitar?

A basic set for a 6-string will run between $6 – $18. This is pretty typical and also includes some bundle packs. If your guitar is 7 or 8-string, you can expect to pay between $8 – $25 as there is more material. This makes them slightly more than a 6-string. These prices are for uncoated.

When it comes to coated options, the price for a 6-string set is somewhere between $10 – $25. This depends on the brand and string set, but are more expensive as they require the coating. They also last longer and that is factored into the price.

The cost to do the work yourself is by far the cheapest way to get the job done. Because strings need to be changed quite frequently, it is best to learn how to do it at some point. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you can do it yourself.

There are some tools needed that will help make the change easier, which should be considered. A good string winder is a must-have and will normally run between $5 – $25 depending on which one you get.

A good cutter, if not built into a string change tool, will be additional. But any tools you buy are only purchased once and then are yours forever.

Then all that you need to consider is the cost of the strings and the time to change them. This can vary depending on how many strings you play, the size, and whether they are coated or not.

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How Much Does It Cost to Restring an Acoustic Guitar?

Acoustic guitar strings are between $5 – $18 per set. The strings are basically in the same ballpark, with exceptions like coated or not. There are also some bundle packs in the same price range that can save a few dollars. But this would mean you will have to store some for a while.

How Long Does it Take?

The process of restringing a guitar generally takes about 25 – 30 minutes. This can, of course, vary depending on the person doing it and how comfortable they are with the process.

There is a bit of a learning curve at first, but after doing it a few times, it becomes second nature. Just like anything else, practice makes perfect. Some extras need to be factored in, things like:

  • Fret Inspection
  • Neck Inspection
  • Cleaning
  • Removing and replacing any covers
  • Adjustments

While some of these are not necessary depending on the guitar and strings, others should be done with every change. Cleaning and inspections should be done every time you replace strings. If you don’t do this now, consider working it into your process.

Where Can I Get My Guitar Restrung?

If you don’t want to do the work yourself, there are plenty of service centers that will do it for you. Normally this ranges in price from $10 – $50, but can be more depending on the location, guitar, and type of strings you choose.

Most music shops will perform this service for guitarists, but will charge a different fee to do so. Guitar Center and Sam Ash stores offer this service and should be considered if you have one near you.

How Much Does It Cost to Restring At Guitar Center?

There are many Guitar Center stores across the USA that will do this work for you. Normally they will charge $20 and have a few additional inspection points like:

  • Tightening hardware
  • Clean and polish guitar
  • Tune the guitar

This does not include the strings, however, which can range between 5 – 20 dollars. And so, all in, you will be looking at $25 – $40 for the complete service at Guitar Center. This can be helpful if you are a beginner and don’t know how to properly inspect your guitar.

How Much Does Sam Ash Charge?

Sam Ash is another music store that can offer this service. They generally have a similar price point, with most services costing between $20 – $50. This does not include strings or parts. If you buy a set of strings for $12, you will be looking at around $32 for a guitar change at Sam Ash.

This service consists of:

  • Remove old strings
  • Cleaning
  • Install new strings
  • Tune the guitar

In addition to the standard inspections and cleaning, they will also adjust your guitar for you for an additional fee. This could be beneficial if your guitar has been playing inconsistently lately.

Any of the prices mentioned can change at any time, so it’s best to call your local store and ask what their rates are.

FAQs

Here you will find some frequently asked questions about guitar restring costs.

Will a music store restring my guitar?

Yes, if you have a few music stores nearby, there is a good chance that they have a professional on-site that can change your strings. Most restring fees are the same depending on what they offer. But if you are just getting started and don’t know-how, it is best to phone around and find a shop that can change them for you.

Is it easy to restring a guitar?

If it is your first time, then this could be a bit of a challenge for you. First, you need to decide if you should change one string at a time or all of them at once. This will depend on the guitar, but is something that you should know. Some guitar technicians will teach you if it is your first time.

Does Guitar Center restring for free?

No Guitar Center charges for restrings. They do offer a free evaluation to offer a competitive price for any repairs. If you bring down your guitar for an estimate, they may even let you watch them change the strings. This could be a great way to learn how.

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Don East

My name is Don East, I'm the editor for Killer Rig. I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and have designed and manufactured products like guitar amps, effects pedals, and more. Over the years I have played in many bands and have a deep love for quality gear.I am an electrical engineer and have a passion for music gear, and now want to share what I know with the community!