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Over this summer, I've had about 5 or 6 sets of D'Addario strings on my acoustic and electric have a break in the middle of playing. What's worse is the majority of these breaks have happened with brand new sets of strings. So is D'Addario's quality going downhill? Also what are some other good strings to look at? I have no intentions of buying another set of D'Addarios after all of the breaks I've had this summer.
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I tried Elixirs, and they're ok I guess. I mean, they're obviously a bit better since they are more expensive, but I am going to give it more time before deciding if they're worth the extra money. I'm still a bit new, so I wouldn't be able to talk to you about the "tone" and stuff. I didn't really like dunlop when I tried them out.
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Over this summer, I've had about 5 or 6 sets of D'Addario strings on my acoustic and electric have a break in the middle of playing. What's worse is the majority of these breaks have happened with brand new sets of strings. So is D'Addario's quality going downhill? Also what are some other good strings to look at? I have no intentions of buying another set of D'Addarios after all of the breaks I've had this summer.


Humidity maybe? The last 3 sets I have had did the same thing to me really.
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#6
That's weird man, I use D'Addarios and I've never really had a problem with 'em. Could be humidity like Guitarbaddie said, or maybe their quality really is going south. Could be bad luck too, you never know.
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if theyre all breaking in the same general area it may be your guitar brochacho
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#8
It's not like they're handmade, the machines do all the winding, I don't see how the quality could drop
#9
if its the same string(s) that keep breaking, there may be a rough edge on your saddle, my want to get that checked out
i personally don't like D'Addarios because the tone doesn't last long, they sound great at first, but after two or three days they sound dead, i've never had a problem with breakage though
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#10
I've never broken a D'Addario. That said, the tone of the set I have on my guitar now faded faster than usual.
#11
I had a bunch of Ernie Ball sets break on me and I switched to D'Adarrio (they are also the only common brand with flatwounds..) and haven't had any issues since. Honestly I think I just had bad luck with Ernie Balls, you had bad luck with D'Adarrios, but I don't hold it against either brand.
#13
I didn't like D'addarios much either. I've used elixirs and ernie balls in the past but now I'm onto GHS boomers and I really like them. .011-.050. Tone is still good after a while and they still feel good to play. I ordered 7packs from juststrings.com for $29 including shipping. Great deals.
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+1, got 'em on all my guitars and they last until I change them for tone & comfort reasons.
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#15
I love D'Addarios, they always last ages for me, and I only ever break strings when I play ridiculously hard or something stupid happens.
#16
I sometimes don't change my D'addario's for up to a YEAR. Only once have I had a 2 week old set of strings break on me (could be a lot of reasons, maybe a bad batch of strings?). I haven't used EB's very much so I can't speak to them. Again, I can say that almost all my D'addario's have lasted me a LONG time and they almost never break on me even when they've been on a guitar for up to and even over a year.
#17
......I always thought any string would break.

Isn't that..normal...I don't change the strings on my guitar till one breaks or the sound gets REALLY bad.
#18
Just echoing what the others have said. My D'Addarios don't break. I use them for up to 2 years before replacing them and they tend to never break in that time.
#19
I hate it when you have to drive 30 minutes to guitar center because the same string keeps breaking and you have 5 sets of brand new e,a,d,g,b strings.
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I don't like D'addarios they break, lose tone and don't feel nice, I'm an Ernie Ball man
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Just echoing what the others have said. My D'Addarios don't break. I use them for up to 2 years before replacing them and they tend to never break in that time.

wow, you either play bass or never play your guitar, there is no way you can play the same set of strings for 2 years...
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wow, you either play bass or never play your guitar, there is no way you can play the same set of strings for 2 years...


Sure you can. The strings on my acoustic have been on since 2002.
#24
It's all you, TS. I've been using D'addario 9s and 10s for years. I change my strings every month though. If I played more it would be every 2-3 weeks.
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I've used D'Addario 10's on my electrics for the past 3 years and have never broken a string
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#26
aRandomSandwich,

I noticed the tone you get with new strings dies off in a few weeks, so I got used to
playing with the strings being older and duller than that. I don't have the time or money to change my strings every few weeks, and I do play almost every day.
#27
honestly, i have never had a problem with D'addario. i have maybe only broken two or three D'addario strings in that last year. when i was using Ernie Ball Strings, i would break at least three or four times as many.

also, my D'addarios don't loose brightness fast at all, the seem to last a long time compared to other times.

the only strings i prefer are DR, but i am not going to pay $8-10 per pack of strings, when i can buy 10 sets of D'addarios for $35 on M123, i would just rather save half the money, or replace twice as often.


i have had 11's on my showmaster for over a year now, and they still are alright to play every once in a while.
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#28
I was rockin out the other night and broke the high e string. I was using .009's on a pacifica 1221 ms with a floyd but wasn't using it. That is the second time I broke a D'Addario string the first time was in 1988 so I would have to say that you just got some bad metal there. But if it happens again then maybe it's time to change brands.

I have used them for so long I don't know which brand I would go with instead
#29
i've always used d'adarrio, for years, but the last time i was at guitar center i picked up a pack of DR pure blues strings cause i wanted a brighter sound. but i have never had a problem with d'addario's nor have a broken a string in a very very long time
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#30
It's just you.

Maybe try picking less crazy? I've broken one string in the past year, and I play like 6 hours a day
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Do you people who never break strings ever bend? Seriously. I usually buy a bunch of single loose packs of the high strings, since they break well before the low E has lost its tone, for example.
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Do you people who never break strings ever bend? Seriously. I usually buy a bunch of single loose packs of the high strings, since they break well before the low E has lost its tone, for example.

I bend quite a bit. I pretty much only use thin picks, mostly .50MM Derlin picks or .60-.75MM nylon ones. I can't stand anything heavier personally. I'm sure the softer picks help.
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Do you people who never break strings ever bend? Seriously. I usually buy a bunch of single loose packs of the high strings, since they break well before the low E has lost its tone, for example.

I play blues. So yes.

EDIT: I usually use picks about 1-1.25 millimeters thick, if it matters.
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+1, got 'em on all my guitars and they last until I change them for tone & comfort reasons.

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It's not like they're handmade, the machines do all the winding, I don't see how the quality could drop

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#38
I use a Jazz III and bend quite a bit. I haven't broken a string in years. I think the last time was when I wasn't paying attention winding up a string and snapped it by accident.
#39
D'Addario: What I use when I'm feeling too cheap to buy Elixir.

Seriously though, the only thing that keeps a set of of D'Addario going more than a week or two is a thorough going over with some Dr. Stringfellow after every use. Even then, getting more than a month out of one set is rare. Meanwhile I've never had a set of Elixir strings last me less than 4 1/2-5 months; which really raises the argument: Aren't I being cheap by buying D'Addario? $24-30 to get me as much use a set of strings that cost $12.99 or whatev.
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Over this summer, I've had about 5 or 6 sets of D'Addario strings on my acoustic and electric have a break in the middle of playing. What's worse is the majority of these breaks have happened with brand new sets of strings. So is D'Addario's quality going downhill? Also what are some other good strings to look at? I have no intentions of buying another set of D'Addarios after all of the breaks I've had this summer.

I'd say that 3/4 of string breaks are due to improper setup/ bad string saddles or bad nut slotting.
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