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Old 10-12-2012, 01:19 PM   #1
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Bending string problem

Hi, I was playing, when suddenly I bent the high e string (2 half-tones like from B to C#) and it broke.

I was wondering why did that happen? I see other player bending the strings even more and they don't break. And also I see that their strings are always a bit loose, that way the possibilities of breaking are less. I recognize that my string was a bit rusty and old, but that happened to me before with a new one.

So my question is what can I do to make my strings more loose and whats the trick to do not break the strings?

Glad you can help me. Btw it's an electric guitar, strat.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:28 PM   #2
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What strings do you use? I've found lighter ones a tiny bit easier to break, but not enough that it's statistically significant.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:33 PM   #3
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where did it break?

Sometimes the tuners/string tees/nut/saddle develop sharp edges which makes the break strings repeatedly at the same place. Bending just puts more tension on the string which makes it easier for it to cut through.
If its always happening on the saddles (for example) you can take some fine sandpaper (400-ish grit) and round the saddle down a bit.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:36 PM   #4
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What strings do you use? I've found lighter ones a tiny bit easier to break, but not enough that it's statistically significant.


I use the average price ones, that might be the reason they break. Also wanted to ask that question, if the thickness has something to do with the breaking issue?
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:37 PM   #5
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where did it break?

Sometimes the tuners/string tees/nut/saddle develop sharp edges which makes the break strings repeatedly at the same place. Bending just puts more tension on the string which makes it easier for it to cut through.
If its always happening on the saddles (for example) you can take some fine sandpaper (400-ish grit) and round the saddle down a bit.


They always break near the bridge.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:52 PM   #6
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Strings break, and you already said yours were old and rusty (That's nasty, BTW, wipe them down after each use...).

I don't really see the problem here?
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:04 PM   #7
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Strings break, and you already said yours were old and rusty (That's nasty, BTW, wipe them down after each use...).

I don't really see the problem here?


The problem is that I see that other players' strings are very loose, and mines' are very tight, so I think that might be the reason why my strings break.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:06 PM   #8
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The players you see just have strong hands, SRV ran the biggest string gauge he could find and had no trouble with bending at all

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They always break near the bridge.


Try the sandpaper fix. There may be a sharp edge on the saddle thats cutting your high E string whenever you bend it.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:17 PM   #9
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The problem is that I see that other players' strings are very loose, and mines' are very tight, so I think that might be the reason why my strings break.


I doubt it.

What strings, exactly, are you using, and what tuning?
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:28 PM   #10
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What brand of strings do you use? Which tuning?
Also, if you know this, which scale length is your guitar?
And last but not least, can you see any burring on the saddle of the E string?
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:56 PM   #11
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I use the average price ones, that might be the reason they break.

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