#1
Very often when i tune my guitar down, strings snap. Is this normal/am I doing something wrong? Mostly this happens with my acoustic.
#2
O.O Tune down or up? If it's tuning down, then no, that's not normal.
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#3
its happened with me on my electric too, just dont tune down too fast. let the strings stretch to the new tension.
#4
are you tuning by ear or with a tuner? maybe your tuning up instead of down. check to see if there are any sharp points around the nut and tuners
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#7
check the nut/saddle for sharp edges/burrs.
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are you tuning by ear or with a tuner? maybe your tuning up instead of down. check to see if there are any sharp points around the nut and tuners

Usually with tuner and im not tuning up since I go from standard to C standard. Thanks for the help with the nut, I'll have to check that out
#10
If you tune down too fast, if the strings are too old, or if the nut or saddle has sharp edges, the strings can snap.

1. How quickly are you down tuning?
2. How old are the strings when they snap?
3. Where do the strings snap?
#11
Also, What kind of a guitar do you have? Does it have a tremolo (Vibrato?)
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If you tune down too fast, if the strings are too old, or if the nut or saddle has sharp edges, the strings can snap.

1. How quickly are you down tuning?
2. How old are the strings when they snap?
3. Where do the strings snap?

Last time it happened was today, the strings are 2 weeks old. They usually snap at the nut so that could also be the problem.
Edit: No tremolo
#14
Very light filing. I wanna get a set of nut files just for that, actually.

And 11-52 is a better gauge for standard Or 10-52 if you prefer to go to standard tuning a lot too.
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#15
he said an acoustic so id say 12's, thats what i have on mine. but also check where the string is snapping and see if there is some issues with the frets being sharp?
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#16
Oh yeah, acoustic XD Yeah man, slap some 11's or 12's on that sucker. You get better tone either way.
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#17
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Thanks Will K thats proably the problem since I tune down fast

yeah, it's happened to me like four or five times
#18
Hey, You didn't answer my question. Do you or do you not have a tremolo? If you do you may have the tension set too high and when you have that detuning relieves tension from some strings but puts extra tension on others.
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#20
I did that a few days ago. It was pretty weird.
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#22
Yep, that's about right.
It's more common to lose a string while down tuning than up.
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#23
Ermm, If your tuning down, it must be pretty hard to snap the strings, at least I've never done that... are you sure your not tuning up?
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#25
when you have your guitar in a certain tuning, then the string gets a kink at that certain point which can make it more brittle when you're tuning down/up. when you tune down/up then that kink moves and sometimes breaks. it happens to me alot too haha. you just have to be slow with it and hope it doesn't snap, or have different guitars for different tunings.