#1
I've been playing bass for 3-4 years and I broke my first sting during the second song of our show. I was tuned to drop-d and I broke the low D. I didn't think it was physically possible, but i did it. Has this happened to anyone else?
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#3
I've broken my bottom string before while I was playing a song. Then again the strings were 5ish years old and I was wailing on them. The only other strings I've broken were on a school bass and put on very badly. (Note: I usually change my strings more than every 5 years)

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#4
I broke my D-string (the normally tuned one) once, but it was kinda weird. I think it broke because I was bending too far, but honestly, I don't remember why it broke. But a low E or D? I imagine something is wrong with your playing technique or something on your bass is cutting into your string a bit (a problem I had with my cheapo guitar).
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#5
I'm borrowing my friend's bass currently and the strings are look two years old, I have no problems.


You broke the D string? lol, you must've been plucking really hard.
#7
i broke my e string a long time ago when i didnt know how to tune and i didnt have a chroamtic tuner so i tried to tune up to D and it snapped and unwound real fast :O
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#8
don't let the thickness fool you,i broke an e string that was a 115 gauge after only 3 months,most likely coz i give em h311 playing heavy metal with a pick
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#9
I was trying to go into D and I thought you had tune the E into D (the actual string). I tuned up and and up and it cracked. God, I felt like an asshole. Atleast I learned my lesson.
#10
I snap strings all the time, But it's a cheap bass and I play it hard with a pick. I'd rather have it snap strings than have one of those gash bridges you normally get on cheap basses that let the strings slide all over the place and kills the tone.

Tuning up and down from drop D (or any other tuning) all the time will weaken your E string.
#11
If you are consitantly snapping strings, look at where they snap. If thy kep going at the bridge or nut, you probably have a sharp edge on it, that is cutting through the strings.

Strings should not snap with proper technique.
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#12
I have broken a 105 gauge string before. My attack was very aggressive before, and the strings would always slacken a lot when in a flimsy soft case. In my experience, having a near constant tension on the string increases string life.
#13
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If you are consitantly snapping strings, look at where they snap. If thy kep going at the bridge or nut, you probably have a sharp edge on it, that is cutting through the strings.

Strings should not snap with proper technique.


yeah, it's always at the bridge, I think some of the saddles end in a little bit of a burr, It's an ancient bass, I don't have it on me to check, but i might consider sorting it next time they go.
#14
A good bassist will break a lot of strings!

I've broken off the E before and plucked out the G. No worries. If it happens a lot, then something is wrong with the guitar parts.

#15
A good bassist will break no strings. There should be no reason for you to break a string. The only reasons are 1) you're playing with poor technique or 2) there's something wrong with the bass.
#18
Is it true that a bass string can gash your hand when it breaks? A guy I knew claimed that happened to him, but I found it kinda hard to believe.....
#19
I've broken tons of strings...on my whamola.

Stretching them plus beating them with a drum stick for long periods of time does not end well.
#21
first string i broke was one on the school bass, it was like 20 years old though.. so yea..
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#22
only time I broke a string actually playing I thought it would be funny to use a pocketknife as a pick during a jam...
hit the string wrong.

the tone was sorta cool though...
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#23
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Is it true that a bass string can gash your hand when it breaks? A guy I knew claimed that happened to him, but I found it kinda hard to believe.....


Myth. The force required to even unravel a string (that's what happens when a string breaks by the way, they don't snap, they unravel from around the core) is pretty big, never mind straight out snap one. It wouldn't happen, but I suppose if you played with a pocket knife (retard) and cut the string there'd be a potential there to slice you up pretty bad, yeah.
#26
There is no need to be overly aggressive. Just turn the amp up another notch.
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#28
nah my bass strings have never broken either i think there must of been something wrong with your strings.
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#29
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I say if you're not snapping strings then you're not doing it right.

Why not play aggressive licks and lines instead of try to "look" cool and aggressive? Y'know, like the pros?

But besides, what strings are you using? I play as hard as I possibly can without being an idiot and making the strings go sharp and choke out and I've never, ever broken a string while playing. Are you using 6-year-old $10 strings?
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#30
The only excusable explainations are a bad set of strings and a sharp point on the bridge or nut.

Good technique should not stress the strings enough for them to break.
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#31
I have never broken a string. Ever.

I've changed strings once in my entire bassing career.
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#32
I snapped me E string at the bridge a long long time ago. i think it just finally had enough of me
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#34
I've broken a few E-strings. I use a fairly heavy gauge and at times pluck hard near the bridge. If the string is older, it will come right apart as I play.
I've seen quite a few good bass players break strings. It happens a lot less than for guitarists - though I know some who swear they've never broke a string - but it can happen regardless of your technique.
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i broke my e string a long time ago when i didnt know how to tune and i didnt have a chroamtic tuner so i tried to tune up to D and it snapped and unwound real fast :O

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#36
not really
but a friend broke my g string just by touching it
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