Changing the Strings

Always loosen the strings before removing them. Do not cut them at tension.

Remove the bridge pins using your fingers or a specially designed 'pin puller' available from your local music store.

Acoustic guitar strings have a metal ball on one end and a plain end at the other. Once the bridge is removed, the metal ball end is to be placed into the appropriate hole in the bridge, and pushed through so that it is approximately an inch inside the body. Then the bridge pin is insetted back into the hole with the long grroove facing toward the neck (if it has a groove). Once the pin is partially re-inserted, hold the pin and pull the string through securing the ball end. The bridge pin then secures theball end against the bridge plate. The ball end should not be directly underneath the bridge pin, as if it is, the pin will push out of the hole. The pin is held in place by a catileve action rather than all-round friction within the hole.

Once fitted correctly, the bridge pin should be pushed back fully into place with a thumb or finger. Do not hammer or glue the pins into place.

Over time the strings on your Faith guitars will gradually become tarnished and lose their brilliance of tone. When this occurs it's time to fit a new set of strings.

Faith Guitars are fitted as standard with coated strings (12 - 53 gauge). Coated strings will offer a longer lifespan and increased briliance. If you are fitting particularly heavy of extra light gauge strings, strongly advise that you have the guitar checked out by a qualified guitar-technician, as various adjustments may be required to ensure the neck responds accordingly.

We recommend changing all 6 strings at once. Changing only one string at a time can result in an unbalanced sound.

We are often asked about re-fitting bridge pins after they have been removed to change strings. Many people are surprised to find that their Faith Guitar bridge pins do not wedge tightly into the holes. 

In fact, bridge pins should never been held in place by friction all around the hole. Rather, the bridge pin should be held in place by a cantilever action caused by the ball end of the string pushing against the side of the lower portion of the pin.


When fitting new strings, it is often helpful to bend the ball end of the string in an 'L' shape. Then the ball end can more easily wedge under the bridge plate of the guitar - rather than just sit under the end of the pin, and push the pin out.
When the ball end of the string is in the hole, place the bridge pin back into the hole, and hold it lightly with your thumb. Then pull the string through until it stops. If the ball end is under the bridge plate as it should be, the pin will stay in place. 


See the below example images for more detail.