#1
I live in PA, and I run a fan all the time in my room that is in my window and I came home today, and my B string had broken by itself, and the extra that goes on the tuning peg was also gone......

Not only is this eerie, but, is this even possible??

I have a Silvertone Paul Stanley Apocalypse and I had Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom strings tuned to half step down.

Did the action/intonation have anything to do with it?? I have NO idea where the excess string that wraps around the tuning peg went.
Last edited by Don Quixote at May 21, 2010,
#2
Did it look like you could put the string back on the guitar afterwards, like there was enough length?
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Did it look like you could put the string back on the guitar afterwards, like there was enough length?



No.

Also, the string that broke has little parts of the silver missing, and the metal core is exposed. It is possible that I tuned it too tight and the coating came off??
#5
How old were your strings?
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You don't have anybody body in your house that messes with your stuff?
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How old were your strings?

About two weeks. When I tried to tune them, they recently seemed kind of tough to tighten when I went to tune them.
#9
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About two weeks. When I tried to tune them, they recently seemed kind of tough to tighten when I went to tune them.

If thats the case, it may have just been a bum string. I use Ernie Ball strings as well and I had a high E string snap as i was putting it on. It happens.
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#10
I mean, it is possible for strings to break on their own. If the string was old or had been weakened at some point it could break under constant tension. Also, you have to remember that a guitar is made of wood and wood can expand or shrink due to temperatures and humidity.

That being said, it seems odd that the rest of the string would be missing. Sometimes on my cello, when a string breaks it might jettison the end of the string off the peg, but since guitars have gears on their tuning pegs, that seems unlikely since they wouldn't be able to rotate quickly enough to throw it off. Also, the fact that the string broke while it was tuned down seems a little odd too.
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#11
Of course a string under that kind of tension can break, but I wouldn't say it was "on its own." If the string was just laying on a table, it couldn't break on its own, but under operating tension on your guitar, I'm not surprised that it happened.
#12
Yes. I was in Guitar Center once and I was fidgeting with the amp settings, and the guitar was just sitting on my lap and the high E broke, don't know how.
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Okay, so, in other words, I shouldn't be thinking I'm going crazy??



I didn't say that at all.
#15
maybe u strung it the wrong way, usually this is really bad for the nut ( i made that accident once and it costed me the stock nut, but then i went w/graph tusq so it all good), just be carefull when ur tuning, my personal trick is have the hole from the peg align with the nut, then tune up, its easy to remember and works for me
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#16
It probably is possible. Under that amount of tension it really wouldn't surprise me if a string broke on it's own, especially if it was old or had a flaw in it.
#17
My guitar's high E string snapped inside its gigbag.

It was an old set of strings (7 weeks) though so my reaction was more of 'it's about darn time'.

Yup, so no worries its very feasible.
#18
Could be the temperature change in the room the guitar was in.

I've had this happen on my acoustic once, suddenly a string snapped out of nowhere, I wasn't even touching the guitar. It were very old strings though
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#20
How did you find it??? Is it possible that the guitar fell over face down while you were out of the room??

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#21
My dad's Nylon has had this happen a few times now. String just goes poof. Not the same system as an electric ofc but with constant tension things can break. Unless it starts happening every time you string it up I wouldn't worry about it.
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