Poll: Where do your strings break?
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View poll results: Where do your strings break?
Bridge
17 68%
Nut
1 4%
String Retainer
2 8%
Machine Heads
2 8%
Tailpiece
0 0%
Other (please specify)
3 12%
Voters: 25.
#1
So I've only owned three electric guitars:
A Squire Strat
An Ibanez RG350DX
And now a Fender Jazzmaster

I've only really seriously begun breaking strings a lot since I've gotten my Jazzmaster. Part of the reason may be cause I am good enough to play with soul and wail, but I'm thinking another part of it could be the fact that something is wrong with my bridge...

My strings always break right at the bridge.

Where do your strings break?
#2
As well as other you should have random.
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#3
How often do you break strings? If you put a new set on they should last a couple weeks at the least, and thats assuming you're playing quite a bit. My strings have always broken at or near the bridge though, and thats from several different guitars.
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#4
should have "at gigs" as an option....cause god knows thats the only time it ever happens to me ;-)
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#5
oh and to the TS.... you should a have a o look at your bridge ....more to the point the saddles for correct cut grooves, sharp edges and and "burs"...having the grooves recut, if they are way, off should be done by a luthier but otherwise next time you restring, just drag the old string back and forth in the slot to remove burs and sharp edges....even a small file will do the trick, use the file diagonally across the back of the saddles too removing any burs that stick out and then restring using grafite or home made "pencil lead and vaseline mix". This will minimize friction and should stop your string breakage
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#6
Quote by Blackst4r
should have "at gigs" as an option....cause god knows thats the only time it ever happens to me ;-)
Aint that the truth?
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#7
Quote by Blackst4r
oh and to the TS.... you should a have a o look at your bridge ....more to the point the saddles for correct cut grooves, sharp edges and and "burs"...having the grooves recut, if they are way, off should be done by a luthier but otherwise next time you restring, just drag the old string back and forth in the slot to remove burs and sharp edges....even a small file will do the trick, use the file diagonally across the back of the saddles too removing any burs that stick out and then restring using grafite or home made "pencil lead and vaseline mix". This will minimize friction and should stop your string breakage

nah man, I've already checked the saddles, and they're beautiful. It might just be my bridge style?
It has no burrs. I did the q-tip trick on it, which I would assume would find some sort of sharpness, but nothing. Smooth as a new guitar.

I bought a new stainless steel bridge for about $150, and it was breaking my high e a lot. Like, way to much. But I have the bridge set the incorrect way and it works pretty well now, because I've been wailing a good amount these past couple weeks and my strings have stayed alive...until my session tonight

But nonetheless, when they break, they always break at the bridge
#8
Quote by Blackst4r
should have "at gigs" as an option....cause god knows thats the only time it ever happens to me ;-)


So much truth in this post. Over the past 9 years of playing I've never broken a string, except during the last few gigs. Even a low E on my bass...

As for your problem, maybe you're using a gauge that's too low for your playing style? I know that if I were playing .09's I would break them within seconds, while .012's stay alive.
#9
I've gone 3 years of playing so far, and haven't broken a string. Hopefully I can continue this trend.
#10
My strings don't break.
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#11
Quote by SunshineMusicO


I've only really seriously begun breaking strings a lot since I've gotten my Jazzmaster. Part of the reason may be cause I am good enough to play with soul and wail, but I'm thinking another part of it could be the fact that something is wrong with my bridge...

My strings always break right at the bridge.


This is usually an indication that you may have a burr or sharp edge somewhere on your bridge. Have a good tech take a look; folks that have LPs will often find that their bridge saddles develop these burrs and that their strings break not because they're bending, but because the bend pushes the string against these burrs and that abrades and eventually cuts them. I've even seen this happening with "barrel" type saddles. A bit of work and the problem disappears. And BTW, the Q-Tip trick doesn't always find the burrs.
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#12
How long do you keep your strings on the guitar and what brand are they?

BTW, strings age inside the packets; a friend of mine on a Mediterranean island bought some strings that had apparently been at the dealer's a while and found that they broke VERY often. I sent him some Dean Markley cryo strings that were fresh and the breakage stopped.
#13
Nowhere. Ever. I use every gauge on my guitars from 8s to 12s. Sometimes I use a very light fingerstyle, sometimes I am actively out to inflict damage to my strings playing all sorts of modern metal.

What the hell are you guys doing that breaking strings is just a fact of life?
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#14
They don't...probably broken 2 stings in 8 years.
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#15
Im having trouble remembering my last string break in 10 years..

Then again i did snap a bass string at school about 5/6 years ago..
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#16
I don't break strings often, but if i break the same spot, i diagnose the issue. Most of the strings i do break do so randomly.
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#17
Only time I've ever broken a string is when I used a string winder on the tuning peg and wasn't paying attention. Never broken one from use, as far as I can remember... And I have guitars that haven't had strings changed in like 6 months
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#18
I went 18 years without breaking a string of a particular brand. Two other brands would break at random times (first few days to a couple weeks). Maybe try another brand if your bridge is ok.
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