#1
While playing I noticed that when I play on my guitarr, bending the high E string is harder than my friends guitar. It feels that my guitars string is about to snap when I bend more than a half step, it's so scary because I hate restringing a tremolo, how come I can like, bend easier with less force and bend higher on his guitar and not mine ?!

I got an Ibanez RG350mdx, he has another RG model without the trem I think
#2
do you have higher gauge strings. The thiner the string the easier it is to bend.
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#3
either the tuning or the string gauge may be different.
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#4
String Gauge=Most Likely

Tuning=Next most likely (I'm assuming you're in standard, ask if he is not)

Higher Action=This shouldn't make too much difference, but if your action is higher than his, it make be slightly harder to bend.
#5
Normally, I would say the scale is different, but it's not in this case. He probably has 10s while you have 9s. But I've played guitars that seem to bend really easy/hard regardless of gauge or scale. Weird phenomenon.


^ For me, higher action is easier to bend
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Normally, I would say the scale is different, but it's not in this case. He probably has 10s while you have 9s. But I've played guitars that seem to bend really easy/hard regardless of gauge or scale. Weird phenomenon.


^ For me, higher action is easier to bend

I'd have thought the other way round...?

#8
Well I play in standard, not sure what gauge tho... But I mean come on, I've gotta bend at least a whole step before feeling that the string is going to brake? I also find it extremly difficult to bend the 22th fret on high E, the note dies before I've bended like a quarter step lol . Is it technique or guitar related?
#9
Some guitars really suck for sustaining notes but generally technique is the issue. That's where a lot of your best sustain comes from. I'd consider just working on bends in isolation for at least 5 or 10 minutes each time you practice and pay close attention to what may be causing the problem.

Also if a string feels like it could easily break I'd up the string guage. I currently have a set of 9's but prefer and will eventually switch to 10's.
#11
Thx for the replies, I'll talk to the guitar tech, I don't think my technique is THAT bad... Which fingers do you guys use when bending? I try to use the pinky and all the other fingers as support, but I think I got very big hands which make me feel like that my supporting fingers are to big ... should i skip the pinky and use the ring finger ?
#12
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Thx for the replies, I'll talk to the guitar tech, I don't think my technique is THAT bad... Which fingers do you guys use when bending? I try to use the pinky and all the other fingers as support, but I think I got very big hands which make me feel like that my supporting fingers are to big ... should i skip the pinky and use the ring finger ?


Using your pinky is fine, but it can do no harm to practice bending with your ring finger and middel finger aswell. In the early years of me playing I was also afraid of breaking the high from bending, but that might be because your not comfortable bending yet. It may seem like a huge force your putting on the string but your probably fine bending it up a whole note, I have never broken a string bending yet they can take some violence really.

Ther problem with the high notes fading away is a famileir one. I used to have that on my fender strat MIM, and all it takes is good guitar tech to fix it.
#13
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Using your pinky is fine, but it can do no harm to practice bending with your ring finger and middel finger aswell. In the early years of me playing I was also afraid of breaking the high from bending, but that might be because your not comfortable bending yet. It may seem like a huge force your putting on the string but your probably fine bending it up a whole note, I have never broken a string bending yet they can take some violence really.

Ther problem with the high notes fading away is a famileir one. I used to have that on my fender strat MIM, and all it takes is good guitar tech to fix it.


Really? thx for the reply, I hate that disturbing feeling when it feels like the string is gonna snap anytime... ^^
#14
You can use any finger to bend, which ever seems most appropriate for what you're playing (so you don't need to do weird shifts to bend).
Usually I use my ring with the 2 supporter fingers for out of the blue bent notes, when I have ample time for shifting. Second most used is my pinky, usually used after I play a run and bend up and end with it. It's whatever you want, but remember to practice with all of them.

About string snapping, I remember when I first learned guitar. I thought plucking the strings hard would break them, and high bends would too. I remember seeing Jani Liimatainen holding his guitar up by his strings, and thought for a while that was really bad. But then I realized guitar strings are really strong if you have good quality strings and stopped being so paranoid.
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