Removing the strings
Please note: SpeedLoader strings are
offered in two scale lengths, 25.5 in. and 24.75
in. If you're not sure what scale length your
guitar is, consult the guitar manufacturer or
the store where you purchased the guitar.
Make sure you have purchased the correct
scale length strings for your guitar. The string
scale length appears in the lower left corner
of the string package.
To purchase strings go here.
To replace a string, push down on
the back of the saddle of one of the strings.
Then, pull back on the sliding latch
by placing the first finger of your free hand
on the black knob protruding out the back of the
saddle. Then place your thumb on the fin sticking
up just behind the fine tuner screw and pull the
latch back with a pinching action between the
thumb and first finger.
Once you have pulled back on the
sliding latch, release the saddle and allow it
to rotate forward.
Now remove the bullet from the saddle.
I should point out here that if
you're replacing a broken string, when you unlatch
the pivoting saddle there will be no tension on
the string to pull the pivoting saddle forward.
You'll have to pivot the saddle forward with your
You can now remove the bullet
on the other end of the string from the nut by
simply sliding it out the back of the nut.
If you try to release a saddle and
pull back on the sliding latch and it doesn't
budge, release everything and start over making
certain that you don't turn the sliding latch
sideways. If the sliding latch turns on its shaft,
the safety catch portion of the sliding latch
will not line up properly with the safety catch
portion of the pivoting saddle and will cause
The safety catch
is there to prevent the string from accidentally
releasing while playing or changing strings. This
is what the safety catch looks like up close.
This all sounds tricky, but it's not. You'll have
it down after replacing a couple of strings.
Now, let's put
on a replacement string.