I have had mine for a couple months now and I just busted a string for the first time. I am not too sure how to replace it. I have read online that you need to weave through a hole in the back. Is this correct? I believe there might be a panel on the back that may contain these holes, but I am not sure. Because when I go buy strings after work I don't want to ask this stupid question and look like a moron, it would be helpful if anyone could help me out. Thanks in advance.
Have no fear, Jumboshrimps is here. What kind of guitar is it? Sounds like a fender-style since it has a backplate. If the guitar has a whammy bar, then there is a hole in the back for each string and it can be tough to get the new string through it into the hole in the tremelo mechanism. Follow these steps:
1) stick a straightened paperclip through the hole in the FRONT of the guitar to get the ball end of the old string out of the hole (It may have already fallen out).
2) If you can't get the new string through the back and into the correct hole (this can be tough), take off the backplate and it will be easier.
3) Pull the string all the way through the front of the guitar and run it through the proper peghead hole.
4) Assuming you broke the high E string or the B string, pull about six inches of string through the hole and then kink the string up so that it stays there.
5)Now start winding in the proper direction (if you don't have a string winder, BUY ONE NOW- trust me o this). Take a look at the adjacent strings to make sure you are winding the right way. While winding, make sure the string stays in its groove in the saddle piece (on the bridge), and in the groove on the nut.
6) DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN! Stop when the string is still very loose but straight against the fretboard, then use your tuner to get it up to pitch. It will stretch for a while and you will have to tune it often until it's fully stretched.
Let me know if you have a different kind of guitar, but the above directions apply to most electric guitars.