#1
I am really pissed off at my guitar for 2 reasons.

first is i break about 2 strings a week. i play it a lot but nobody else that i know breaks that many strings.

2nd reason is my 1st string is never in tune.

my guitar is an ibanez rg350dx. its about a year old but its taken its fair share of a beating as it is my only electric guitar and i practice about 4 hours a day. i have noticed that the paint has scratched off on the saddles and it is a bit rough.

as for string gauges, i use .09s but i have .10s on at the moment. i just got my guitar restrung on wednesday.

any suggestions? fault in the guitar? fault in my playing? overuse?

oh and did i mention my whammy bar falls out whenever i lean over
#3
Depending on where the strings are breaking, it's most likely a problem with your nut or with your bridge saddles.
The saddles could have burrs on them that are wearing away the metal much faster than normal.
#4
the saddles look quite worn. the paint has come off. that might be it.

i said in my 1st post that i tried changing gauges. all it appeared to do was hurt my fingers...

but what could be causing my 1st string to be un-tunable

and i took my guitar to a technician for the whammy problem and his fiddling just made it worse.
#5
As far as the whammy bar goes.
Try spraying some WD-40 into it.


I doubt it'll help, but have you ever seen the list of uses for WD-40? It's crazy!