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#1
Just curious how long it typical takes for you guys to all break strings, both on acoustic and electric. I realize gauge and string quality are pretty important in this but I feel like I break mine way too often, or at least more than I want to.

So what say ye?
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#3
I break ernie balls all the time. They're not as slinky for me as I'd wish... I use D'addario super lights (8-38) and I only break one if I abuse the floyd, usually just from stress and the string starts to unwind.
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#4
I don't break them, but I still change them every 2-3 months regardless. The last time I broke strings they were on for about 7 months, and that was the first time I used D'addrio changing from Elixers. The Elixers lasted longer but they were 2-3x as much and I have too many guitars for that to be a good idea.
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#6
It varies
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#7
Sometimes like the day after I change 'em, sometimes I don't break 'em before I change 'em a few months later.



I broke one the other day that'd been on since like Thanksgiving.

*on electric.

I never really break 'em on acoustic for whatever reason. Probably 'cuz I'm just strummin, not rocking out and violently slashing at the strings. Yeah, I bet that's it.
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#8
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Never broken a string. Aww yeaah.

I was tempted to say its because you never played enough until I checked out your music. 'tis damn good my friend. damn good. Downloading as I type this
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I was tempted to say its because you never played enough until I checked out your music. 'tis damn good my friend. damn good. Downloading as I type this

Thanks man

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As for the non-breakage, it's probably because I have ridiculously thick strings and prefer to leave them fairly loose...that and I don't really do much aggressive picking, I think I'm one of the gentlest pickers I know
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#11
I've had the same set of strings on my guitar for months. Like, a lot of them. Probably at least a year. I keep it in C# though.
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#12
I think I probably change mine too often to have one break one me. Corrosive sweat means I usually have to replace strings every couple of weeks if I'm playing lots. Couldn't imagine leaving them on for months, they'd be black and rotten by then lol. I did have a few problems with EB strings unravelling at the ball end on the high strings recently, switching to the RPS EB strings fixed that issue.
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#13
I change my strings on electric pretty much every month when pay day arrives. Because of this, I don't break electric strings ever.

Can't remember the last string I broke. Probably an acoustic one as I change those strings about twice a year.
#14
I always break them within a month on my acoustic guitar, but have never broken one on my electric.
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#15
I never break them when im playing just when im tuning weird or changing'em.
#16
Not that often. I broke one recently after violently abusing the whammy bar, but usually I change em before they snap.
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Not that often. I broke one recently after violently abusing the whammy bar, but usually I change em before they snap.

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On average, if I disregard the fact that I'm more into piano now, a few weeks to a month before something breaks. Usually it's the high e string that breaks, but I also change the B and G string occasionally when they're oxidized beyond reason (read: rusty as fuck.).
#18
I have a policy of changing them every 2 months on my acoustic because I never break them. They usually sound like shit by the time I replace them. I try this with my electric, but usually end my breaking my high e (every god damn time) and just restring the whole thing, as I like to clean it at the same time.
#19
I hardly ever snap strings, I've snapped like 3 in a few years...

if you use decent strings, string them properly and don't act like some sort of special kid on a day out walking a floyd rose then you should be fine.
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#20
Pretty much never. I'll break maybe one string per 10+ sets that I put on.
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#21
i dont usually break strings probably casue i have my guitars well set up and i use real thick strings
even on my floyd equippted guitars i dont break them at all...but this does rmeind me that i shuld probably chage them soon
#22
3-4 months I change mine. It's often a pink floyd solo that snaps my E string or something. Lately I've been practicing VAI which has some crazy bends, I broke my E string then. Otherwise I just change when the tone gets shitty.
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#23
I rarely break strings.

It could be because I generally change strings on my guitars at least once every 3 weeks if I'm gigging or recording. Either that, or my strings just respect and fear me enough and choose not to fuck me over like that.
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#24
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Thanks man

Enjoy

As for the non-breakage, it's probably because I have ridiculously thick strings and prefer to leave them fairly loose...that and I don't really do much aggressive picking, I think I'm one of the gentlest pickers I know


I've never broken a string, either, and i'm a pickin madman. I don't do a lot of big bends, though, maybe that's the reason.

Honestly, unless the strings are really thin, I have no idea why so many people break their strings so often. One of these days soon i'm gonna put up some of my riffs on a linky. It's probably amazing that I don't break strings considering the speed and attack. But for some reason I just don't.
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#25
I rarely break 'em. I change 'em every 2/3 months though. Elixir nanoweb 10s are what I use.
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#26
If you're breaking them before they go dull you've probably got a problem. If they're already dull it's not a big deal because you'll have to replace them anyway, if you don't want to deal with tuning stability issues and lacklustre tone.
#27
My acoustic has never broken a string on me. I've had it for 3 (?) years.

My electric though... When i first bought it, i forgot to change the strings and used the ones that came with the guitar. 4 Broke on me in a week.
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#28
Never anymore; I play too softly, I can't even hear me half the time.
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#29
I rarely break strings, but when I do (maybe every half a year or so) I always seem to manage to break one on all my guitars, no matter how recently I changed them.
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#30
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I rarely break strings, but when I do (maybe every half a year or so) I always seem to manage to break one on all my guitars, no matter how recently I changed them.

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#31
If you don't break strings, you aren't trying hard enough.
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#32
I can't remember the last time I broke a string. I think it's a combination of having the right touch, keeping my guitars in good condition, and changing my strings regularly. I usually change them every week to 2 weeks, depending on how much I've been playing.
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#35
I mostly use .11s, and I can't remember the last time they broke. They go to dull to play before the break, so I end up changing them before they get a chance to snap.
#36
I just broke my high E doing this

And string breakage seems to always coincide with my depression.
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#37
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I just broke my high E doing this

And string breakage seems to always coincide with my depression.
/FML moments

I know that feel, bro. That solo has broken the high E many times for me.

Did it poke you in the eye when it snapped? That string just wasn't good enough for you.
#38
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I know that feel, bro. That solo has broken the high E many times for me.

Did it poke you in the eye when it snapped?

I wish it had. dude that would be BR00T4L, i'm not even kidding!

I am disappoint, I actually had my guitar tuned perfectly in drop D, 430 and everything, this really sucks.
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I don't break strings while playing.

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