Can I re-string my 12 string guitar with strings of different octaves?



Asked by: Dawid Bah

You can tune a 12-string guitar to any open tuning you want. As long as you remember to tune the string in pairs and tune the lower four pairs an octave apart, you can use any open tuning.

Can you replace a guitar string with a different string?





You could, but it’s best to replace all the strings, especially if they’re old. Mixing old strings with new strings, or different types of strings, would likely sound bad/different.

Can you put different gauge strings on a guitar?

For the most part, it’s fine to mix different brands of strings. Strings will affect the tone of your instrument, and if you’re mixing old and new strings, this will be more noticeable. If you’re going to be mixing different gauges or types of strings, then make sure you know what you’re doing.

Can I use only 6 strings on a 12-string guitar?

You won’t get much volume using only six of the strings from a twelve string set. If you beef up your string gauges by using a six string set (even extra light) they may not seat properly in the nut slots in which case you might need to have a qualified luthier enlarge the nut slots.

Can you remove and reuse guitar strings?

Old strings can be re-used and, in some cases, they could help you out of a squeeze. You definitely can remove your guitar string and then put them back on. Although obviously, used strings won’t have the sound and intonation of brand new ones, they are perfectly reusable if they were not cut too short.

What happens if you change string gauge?





Yes, If you change the gauge of the strings the tension on the neck will be different resulting in your guitar falling and staying out of tune. Take it in to a shop and that will show you what they are doing (try and find a local shop). The cost is generally not that bad and you will make sure it was done right.

Does changing string gauge affect intonation?

Yes, string gauge DOES affect intonation. If your bridge saddles are as far back as they can go (or a fixed bridge) and your intonation is still a couple of cents sharp, use a . 001 or . 002 Thinner gauge string to flatten the intonation.

Can you reinstall guitar strings?

Just remove said strings, and carefully slot the tip through the posts as you would do with a new string, mindful not to create a kink that would cause a snap as tension comes on. I personally have done this and as long as you’re careful enough it shouldnt be an issue.

What can I use old guitar strings for?

5 Reuses for Guitar Strings

  • Hanging pictures Use the guitar string as wire to hang pictures on the wall.
  • Jewelry Some rock stars are having their old guitar strings turned into bracelets. The guitar-string jewelry is being sold and the profits are going to charity. …
  • Donation. …
  • Arts and Crafts. …
  • Cut the Cheese.




Can you boil classical guitar strings?

Its a complete myth. Water boils at 100 degrees celsius how, nylon will be affected at that temprature if not melt. I believe boiling is only used for steel strings. Boiling won’t melt Nylon strings (Nylon melts at 170-180Cº) but it may distort them.

Why did Eddie Van Halen boil his guitar strings?

And not trim them so that he could take them back off and boil them and what's that supposed to do basically just remove all of the grime and dirt off of the strings.

Why do guitarists boil their strings?

When you boil a guitar string, it causes the string to expand, and thus allows the oil and dirt to be released from the string. While boiling your guitar strings will make your old, flat sounding strings sound much better, they will not make them sound as new.



Can I reuse strings?

In terms of reusing your strings, it is actually possible to clean them in a way that they can be reused on your guitar. By boiling your guitar strings, you enable them to expand and thus allow grease, oil, and dirt to come off of them, giving them a longer lifespan.

How do I clean and restore my guitar strings?

If you're at all familiar with this concept you probably saw it on a guitar forum or a blog or somewhere online basically the idea is you use regular isopropyl rubbing alcohol.