Learn How To String A Ukulele

The Process

To string a ukulele can sometimes be tricky, but easy to learn. Usually there are two different bridge types that anchor the strings to the bridge of a ukulele.

1. You tie the string to the bridge.

2. You anchor the string to the bridge with a peg. On the head stock of the ukulele is where you anchor the other end of the string to the tuning peg.


Instructional Video


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*For demonstration purposes, the ukulele is facing you, with the headstock at the top*

1. Anchor one side of the string to the bridge of the body (tie or peg anchor)

2. Grab the other end of the string and measure it to the tuning peg that it goes to.


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3. The G string (Top String or furthest left on the fretboard) goes to the bottom left peg. Measure the string to the above peg which is the C string peg. Now cut the string about 1” past the peg with a scissors or wire cutter. Put the string in the tuning peg (about ¾” – 1” sticking out) and turn the tuning peg to take out the slack in the string.

4. The C string (2nd string from the top string) goes to the top left peg. Measure the string to the top of the headstock. Now cut the string about 1” past the headstock with a scissors or wire cutter. Put the string in the tuning peg (about ¾” – 1” sticking out) and turn the tuning peg to take out the slack in the string.


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5. The E string (3rd string from the top string) goes to the top right peg. Measure the string to the top of the headstock. Now cut the string about 1” past the headstock with a scissors or wire cutter. Put the string in the tuning peg (about ¾” – 1” sticking out) and turn the tuning peg to take out the slack in the string.

6. The A string (4th string from the top string or the bottom string) goes to the bottom right peg. Measure the string to the above peg which is the E string peg. Now cut the string about 1” past the peg with a scissors or wire cutter. Put the string in the tuning peg (about ¾” – 1” sticking out) and turn the tuning peg to take out the slack in the string.

7. Now tune all the strings to the right sound pitch….G, C, E, A, using a tuner. You may also go back to the ukulele tuning page!!

8. The strings will stretch out over a week or so which is normal. When ever you play with new strings, you’ll be out of tune. Just re-tune it with a tuner!!

I found this method the fastest way to string a ukulele. There are also string winders that allow you to take the slack out of the string fast!! Use which ever method that you’re most comfortable with. You may also use these methods to string a guitar.

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