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Changing nylon strings differs considerably from the process used for steel-string guitars, and there are right and wrong ways to do it. Never fear — the procedure isn’t rocket science, and you don’t need to be a sailor with advanced knot-tying skills.

Let’s start with the basics. Classical and flamenco guitars are strung with nylon strings that tie onto the bridge. This ancient system originally was designed for “gut” strings, and there are a number of ways to tie them, some more effective than others.

Here at Taylor, we have developed an effective protocol for this simple but often misunderstood procedure. For best results, it’s important to understand how the strings hold onto the bridge. The strings should twist around themselves twice (three times for treble strings), and the final loop must pass pass below the corner of the back of the bridge so that the strings remain secure and in tune.

Watch as we outline the process in simple steps. At Taylor, we string these guitars with D'Addario (EJ46FF) Pro-Arté Carbon, Dynacore Basses, Hard Tension strings.

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