#1
So I've got a Dean ML. I've only had it for a few months. I put Ernie Ball strings on it. In the past 3 days I've broken two strings. Not by tuning too high, but I don't know how I'm breaking them. They break at the bridge. Is it because I'm strumming too hard? I'm using Medium picks, and put in about 6-7 hours of practice in a day. I've been playing guitar for 7 months or so, I don't know, so I don't know much about it all.

I just learned Over the Hills and Far Away, and play it alot. However, the first string I broke was my D string while playing Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive. I put a new string on. Anyway, this time I was playing Over the Hills and Far Away alot, then SNAP! My G string breaks. WTF?! Is it the guitar? A faulty batch of strings? Am I strumming too hard? If I strum lighter then the strings don't ring very loud.

I'ts really pissing me off. The string gauges are 45 on the low e string and I think 35 from the A and so on.

So, my question to you is. Should I just buy thicker strings? Keep my guitar in low tunings? I was playing in Standard E. ( I really need help.
#2
Buy DR strings. I seriously never broke one and I SLAM them with an extra heavy pick.
#3
you usually reference the thickness from the high e ... so 9, 10, 11 are the typical ones ... seems to me you might have the wrong strings onbut that said if they're snapping at the bridge are you strumming too low, try and strum a little higher up towards the frets or the neck p'up
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#4
You should probably replace all your strings when you change them. It keeps them at the same age and thus you will have long periods of not breaking instead of breaking randomly.

More then anything it sounds like old strings, just change them all (except the 2 that you already have...).
#5
are you putting them on wrong? you could be doing something wrong.
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And Bam! My G string broke! :P
ahahahah u have a g string? lmao
sry jk... and i have no advice... sry
ure probably strumming too hard... i have a friend who sucks at guitar and strums really really hard... and he breaks strings a lot >_<
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#8
likely be a sharp bridge saddle...
thicker strings are worth a try if you want a quick fix, assuming you know how to set up with a different guage...
try different string manufacturers aswell...
#9
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Might be a sharp edge in the saddle

It could be, but it seems unlikely that it would happen in more than one of the saddles.
Buy thicker strings. Go one gauge up, and use D'addarios. I use them, and I haven't changed the strings on the guitar I use the most in about 3 months, maybe 4. They are still in good condition, and hold tuning quite well.
Also, I use 11s.
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#10
These were brand new strings I put on a week ago, all 6 of 'em. I usually strum in the middle of the 2 buckers.

And @ doubble. Are you suggesting I suck at guitar? ( I'm very good for the length of time I've been playing. And my dad stringed my guitar for me and he's been playing guitar since the mid 60's.
#12
You seem angry. Don't yell RAWR when playing... only bad things can happen.
#13
check your saddles (I'm betting it's sharp too) and LEARN a lighter touch - the lighter the better - let the electronics do their job.
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check your saddles (I'm betting it's sharp too) and LEARN a lighter touch - the lighter the better - let the electronics do their job.


Personal touch really doesn't matter, just check the saddles, It probably is a flaw with the guitar
#15
^ like said a few times, the sadles are sharp.

on some models the saddles are all sub par.

dont bother trying to file and lube the contact points.
instead, buy a set of graphtech string saver saddles.

they'll pay for themselves in a couple of months.
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#16
its probably cuz ur strumming too hard
but you could have very strong hands like stevie ray vaughan, so u might need to use heavier strings.
if it happens when ur bending, then its probably ur hands are too strong
if it happens just when ur plucking, then its probably ur strumming
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Buy DR strings. I seriously never broke one and I SLAM them with an extra heavy pick.

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#18
To all saying he's strumming too hard.. I pick very hard, and very aggresivly, and I never break strings, even with 9's, I don't think I've ever broken a string before.. And I've been playing for a couple years now. I think 4..

Sharp saddles +1
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#19
some of you young guys play like yer choppin' wood....
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#22
get a roller bridge if it's a tuneomatic type bridge. I got one for my les paul in the fall from www.guitarfetish.com real nice, cheap, and i haven't broken a string since. Or gone terribly out of tune. i still have to change strings that rust though
#23
It's the saddles not how hard you play. Check out this site . I have the Graph-tech string saver saddles on my teles and the Tusq saddles on my strats and I have a real heavy strum and have never broken a string.