How to Change the Strings on a Fender Squier Start

By James Gilmore

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, one of the largest guitar manufacturers in the world, owns the Squier brand. If you want to get quality sound out of your guitar, you'll need to know how to change the strings on a Fender Squier Stratocaster guitar. Squier Stratocasters are essentially lower-end versions of Fender Stratocasters and require the same process when changing strings.

Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws on the back access panel. Remove the panel.

Turn the tuning key that corresponds to the sixth string–this loosens the string.

Pull the string out of the hole in the tuning peg and out through the back of the guitar.

Apply cleaning solution to the parts of the guitar now accessible with the removal of the string. Wipe down with a cloth.

Insert a new low E string into the empty hole in the back of the guitar.

Pull the string over the bridge and up to the first tuning peg–leave a little slack. Pull the string through the hole in the peg and pull it clockwise underneath and then back over itself to make a knot.

Turn the tuning key until the string is almost in tune.

Repeat steps two through seven for the rest of the strings on your Fender Squier Stratocaster guitar.

Tune each string. Hook your finger under each string and tug lightly, moving it up and down the neck. Re-tune the strings.

Play your guitar for a few minutes and tune again. Repeat this process until your guitar is completely in tune.

Lubricate the string or saddle contact point with machine oil.

Cut the extra ends of the strings using wire cutters.

About the Author

James Gilmore has written professionally since 2005. Since then, he has written and proofread obituaries for "The Press & Sun-Bulletin" in Binghamton, N.Y., press releases for "Goals, Seminars and Consultants" and articles for Made Man and various other websites. He writes a good deal of music-related content and holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ithaca College.