Take the hassle of changing strings down a few notches.

Everyone loves changing strings, right? Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the time you spend on this task. From portable workstations to multi-purpose tools, options abound for making string changing a simpler affair, so you can get back to the important activity—playing guitar. Here are a few tools that can aid in changing the ropes.


This compact, versatile, and durable folding workspace station provides ample space for changing strings and other instrument maintenance, and features separate compartments to keep strings, tools, and supplies close at hand.


GrooveTech GTGTR1

This kit includes such essentials for changing strings as a winder and high-quality cutter, but it also has you covered with all the DIY setup tools you need and an easy setup guide—all for about the price of having someone else do a setup for you.


JP Guitar Tool

This stainless-steel all-in-one tool boasts spring-action pliers and cutters, hex wrenches, Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, a bridge-pin puller, and comes with a handy nylon case with a belt loop.



Strings need to be stretched after changing. By sliding this handy, ergonomically shaped tool over the length of the strings, you’ll achieve even, consistent stretching in about five minutes.


Power String Winder

Attach this precision-molded plastic tool to any 1/4" cordless drill or manual socket driver and save time winding. The plastic will not scratch tuners and the one size will work for most instruments.



The compact and collapsible Headstand is easily stowed in a guitar case, yet when in use, the rugged support will cradle an instrument securely for hassle-free string changes.


Li’l Nipper

This lightweight multi-tasking tool functions as a bridge-pin puller, string winder, and string cutter, and includes an adapter for smaller tuning buttons.


NC65 Maintenance Station Neck Cradle

This self-aligning cradle rotates to provide full support to the back or front of an instrument’s neck, and creates the stability you need to do maintenance or repair work.


Power Peg Pro

This rechargeable battery-powered winder accommodates most tuning keys and can cut the time it takes to wind strings by hand by up to 80 percent.


Guitar Work Station

This portable workstation features a soft pad that rolls up, a secured neck support that doubles as a storage compartment, and a storage tube for easy transport or stowage.


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• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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