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Unread 08-16-2003, 07:50 PM   #1
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Breaking Strings

I break about a string a week...Any suggestions on how to fix this problem?? I am not gonna be able to stop playing hard...i just get into it and play hard and stuff so yeah. Maybe like a suggestion on a string to use...by the way i'm currently using di'adarrio (i think i spelled that right) acoustic lights. i was gonna swap to a firrent gauge (as in like medium or heavy) but the guy told me it really didn't make a huge diffrance.
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Unread 08-16-2003, 07:55 PM   #2
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I'd use a lighter pick - what kind of pick do you use now?
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Unread 08-16-2003, 08:20 PM   #3
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I use a dunlop .88 . These pics have worked great for me for like a year.... until the last few weeks i have been popping strings weekly.
I have been playing in the youth group ALOT more latley and am always working on stuff for whenever i start playing at this thing for school so i'm not sure but...thats probably it. just alot more wear on the strings than normal. But still, breaking strings once a week? thats quite a bit.
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use thicker strings. not only are thery stronger, but there's less tension, and they won't break as easily
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Unread 08-16-2003, 09:18 PM   #5
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Try mediums. If that doesnt work, it could be something wrong with your guitar. Where along the string do they normally break? I think that depending on where they break, it could have something to do with it, especially if its consistantly in one place, like at the bridge or nut.
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Unread 08-16-2003, 09:20 PM   #6
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check for binding in the nut or burrs on the bridge. they'll get ya everytime.
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Unread 08-16-2003, 10:00 PM   #7
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Idea from a newb

Well I'm new to the guitar arena, but once my friend popped strings a lot, and he found a bur at the nut. Then he just took some light sandpaper and got it off.
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I usually break them right around where i strum, so i'm doubting it has anything to do with the guitar...thanks anyway.
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Unread 08-17-2003, 02:33 PM   #9
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use thicker strings. not only are thery stronger, but there's less tension, and they won't break as easily


Actually heaver strings have substantially MORE tension.

Look into GraphTech products like "string saver" saddles and the
"tremnut". Both work great at preventing string breakage.
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I usually break them right around where i strum, so i'm doubting it has anything to do with the guitar...thanks anyway.

is it always the same string or couple of strings, or does it vary? which string(s)?

i say this because i used to always break strings where i strum, too. then i figured out i had binding in the nut, shaved it down a little bit, and haven't broken a quarter of the strings i used to since.
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Unread 08-17-2003, 07:36 PM   #11
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i usually break the G, B, and E strings.
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Unread 08-17-2003, 07:48 PM   #12
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i break G and D, and i think its because they get the most tuning wear and tear, because the only alternate tuning i use is the EABEBE that JoC uses
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Unread 08-17-2003, 08:00 PM   #13
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On my first acoustic guitar, I had been playing and breaking strings for quite some time before my continual changing of strings finally changed whatever condition it was that was causing the strings to break... I still don't know what was doing it, but it sure was annoying while it was happening. Then again, these boards weren't around 10 years ago for me to find good advice when that was happening. One thing's for sure: strings are expensive sandpaper, but they do work.

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Unread 08-18-2003, 05:07 AM   #14
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Things I've started to notice when changing strings.

When you put on new strings when one breaks are you changing all of the strings or just the ones you break?

When you change strings slow down, take your time, and make sure everything is seated just right. When you tune make sure you not overtightening then having to detune and start over. That overtightening will cause your string to break much sooner.:kcool:

When you put on new strings are you stretching them to much trying to break them in quickly? Instead of doing the pull up stretch bit, put your strings on tune and strum random chords for a couple of minutes, tune again and repeat.

Then again you may just be playing and practiceing enough that you simply need to change your strings that often.:kspin:
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OK most of the time i only change the one string i break because if i didn't i'd be going through a pack a week and that sounds tather expensive... lets see $5 x 52......... 250?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! maybe my math is wrong ( and theres a very good chance of that). But yeah i usually only change out the one i break.

I hope that the problem somes from ur last statement, pillar. Maybe i am practicing/playing enough that thats just how much they break. i would say i play at least 2 and a half hours a day..then 2 1 hour practices at church...then like a 20 minute playing time during the service. maybe it is all adding up. i hope so..thats a better reason than the way i string it messing it up or the it being the guitars fault :ksmile: .
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