#1
Hi,

I guess this is my introductory post. I've been playing guitar as a writing tool for 4 years or so. I'm mainly a drummer. I've been drumming almost my entire life.

So, I know pretty much nothing about guitar other than how to play it.

I recently put a new set of strings on my guitar by myself for the first time. I usually only break strings every 6 months or so, so I would just have it set up and get new strings put on by someone at the music store.

It seems like a really simple process and I'm pretty sure I did everything correctly. I was stretching the strings out today by just yanking them (gently) away from the neck, but when I pulled on the B string it broke. Not a traditional snap. Just an immediate loss of tension with a TON of slack. I'm guessing if there was a break it was inside the electric guitar where the strings are inserted because I couldn't see a break.

For the hell of it, I tried tuning it back up. It went from loose like a rubber band to perfectly in tune. It definitely sounded like a string breaking but it's holding it's tuning well.

I'm just kinda freaked out by playing on a string that has a break. I don't wanna get hit in the face with it or mess up my guitar.

Any ideas what happened and why I was able to tune a "broken" string?

Think I should just say screw it and get new ones?

Thanks in advance.
#2
If it was truly broken then there is no way that it would come up to pitch. It probably just caught in the bridge or in the body (if it's a string thru body hardtail) and you pulling on the string popped it into the proper position. If it's holding tune and playing normally then I wouldn't worry about it.
#3
Huh...

Weird. I don't see how I didn't pull it all the way through, but that makes sense. It is a hard tail.

I stretched all of my strings and I still have a ton of buzz on the first fret on the A, D and G strings. I wonder if those strings are caught in the body as well...

Thank you for the response!
#4
Broken is broken. It's just stretched.
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