%&$#!!!- Just broke another D string!

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  1. Tarnisher

    Tarnisher Friend of Leo's

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    I never ever used to break strings on my Tele, but last week during band practice, the winding on my D string broke at the bridge. I was just strumming, not even especially energetically.

    I chalked it up to going way to long without changing strings- I'd been playing acoustic all summer. But while practicing just now, the same thing happened (on the same song, even). Again, I was not playing that aggressively- it's a midtempo song and I play a simple rhythm part. This time the string had no more than 4 hours of action.

    I have a gig Friday, and was really planning on playing my Tele, but I don't want to risk a string break in the middle of the set.

    Anybody have any advice?
     
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  2. Tarnisher

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  3. Lerb21

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    Check for a burr on the saddle.
     
  4. Sea Devil

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    It kind of looks as though it broke where the string emerges from the bridge plate, as opposed to on the saddle itself. I'd look for a rough spot there.
     
  5. KMBkelly

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    Yup, just a burr. Not a big deal. I agree it's probably your bridge plate but you oughta check the saddles too... if you have a vintage bridge, you could have a string rubbing on a saddle adjuster screw (been there). As for Friday, if you don't figure it out, just bring a backup guitar.
     
  6. rasm0225

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    Wow, you play with a wound G? I haven't run into that before, but maybe I live a sheltered life.

    Is this common for tele players on the forum?
     
  7. Tel E Twister

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    No, a wound G is not common. I was gonna suggest a lighter pick, but then I realized it said G, saw it was wound, and I went WTF!
    What's up with that Tarnisher?
     
  8. KMBkelly

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    I used to use wound G's on all of my electrics. They sound waaaay different to me than a standard (not wound) string. I couldn't find them anymore so I switched to regular old strings.
     
  9. trashedlostfdu

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    i agree with every word. especially look to see if it is riding the saddle adjustment screw. i had a tele that did that really bad.
     
  10. MickM

    MickM Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    I use GHS Nickel Rollerwound 11-50, they have an
    .018 wound G. Never had one unwind like the op.
     
  11. Tonetele

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    Some of us old guys can remember back to the 60's where a) lucky to get strings and b) the G was always a wound string. I never could get used to a set like 9-42s. JMHO
     
  12. MickM

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    Yea, yea!!! And we had to walk to the music store up hill both ways!:lol: You're right, mostly Black Diamond and Mapes and Fender? I don't remember having a choice of gauge or even buying complete sets. I used to change 'em as they broke; didn't know better!
     
  13. unixfish

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    The wound G is a great trick to tame the harsh, buzzy, breakup sound the G makes - especially on a Strat. When I was running 11's on my Strat, I preferred a wound G. When I switched to 10's, I still get a bit of that buzzy breakup sound from the G string.
     
  14. Tarnisher

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    What's up? I was tired and peeved, and somehow got it into my head that it was a G string. It's actually a D. I think it's because I've been playing acoustic so much that my brain just made the leap that the last wound string = G.
     
  15. Tarnisher

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    Anyway, back to the breakage. As you can see in the pic, the break seems to be right over the saddle, so I don't think the bridge plate is involved. I don't see a burr, but I didn't use a magnifying glass. If it is a burr, how do I fix it? I tried pulling the string back and forth over it- would that do the trick?

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  16. Diamond White

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    I wouldn't have thought a burr would snap the core of a wound string. It would have to grind through the winding first, that would be some burr.
    Might be a bad batch of strings?
     
  17. tlimbert65

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    I love what a wound G did for my Tele with the 3-saddle bridge. Improved the intonation, and balanced the sound of the strings. What I don't like is not being able to bend that G very easily.
     
  18. Tel E Twister

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    Alrighty then, now that we know there are plenty of wound G users out there, I would still suggest a slightly lighter pick and/or slightly heavier string(s). I had the same problem long ago. I had no burrs. I switched to 9-46s and a .60 pick and the breakage stopped. It took me a while to realize that I play kinda hard.
    Simple metal fatigue.
     
  19. stnmtthw

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    Get some fine grit sandpaper and give it a couple passes on the inside of the saddle, where the string rides. Use something small enough to fit inside the saddle to put pressure on the sandpaper- a small metal rod or something like that. It doesn't take much.

    And, FWIW, just because you can't see the burr doesn't mean it's not there.

    Hope this helps.
     
  20. Tarnisher

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    Well, I made it though the gig with no breaks.

    I'll try some sandpaper just in case, but I'm reluctant to change string or pick gauge, especially because this was never a problem before.
     
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