New to Strats, high E string keeps breaking

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  1. 1 21 gigawatts

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    Here is a photo of the Custom Shop Number One. You can see the red tubing.
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    Maybe get some saddles that have longer slots, or file out the slots on your existing saddles, especially the high E. The string shouldn't be touching there IMO.

    I had a 64 Strat, every time my buddy would play it he would break my high E string, that was a LONG time ago, I didn't know much of anything about guitars back then.
     
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    Awesome tip. Must have been Cesar Diaz? There is a great video on YouTube of him giving tech tips.
     
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    EJ uses a different saddle for the small E.
    Rene Martinez used a small 'tube' to cushion the small E at the locations where the string contacts the inertia block & the saddle.
    Buy extra small E strings; I always purchase a couple of 10 packs.
     
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    Yes, Rene Martinez did mention that in a couple of interviews I've read.
     
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    this...I’ve had a couple strats with this issue. Running the string through a piece of wire insulation was a quick fix.
     
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    Well here's my 5 cents worth. Those saddles are not made for huge bends you can but only to a certain degree. At that particular time fender made the saddles in this way. The same as the saddles that has only three blocks. My question is did you try the saddles with grooves in them that allows them to move from side to side? If you did and it still does it there must be a problem between the bridge and where the string where the string enters. There must be a small point somewhere you can't see that breaks the string.
     
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    If it is breaking where the string exist the top of the bridge plate, the bridge plate hole has a sharp edge. It needs to be smoothed and rounded. SRVs tech used to do that with a fine abrasive Dremel tool bit and add a length of PTFE sleeving over the string just long enough to stick up past the hole in the bridge plate.
     
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    Like other above have mentioned, I would take the bridge apart- remove the saddles, and remove the bridge from the tremolo block and look at everything individually to check for burrs or sharp edges.

    Also, because I feel that it hasn’t been mentioned before, Rene Martinez used to slide wire insulation over the SRV’s string where they break over the bridge plate. :twisted:
     
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    You saddles also seem not level but tilted to the left in the pic. Each saddle should have the same height where both height adjustment screws are. Otherwise the string will move sideways when bending. This would cut the string.
     
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    Thank you. Was actually working on it as I saw this notice. Just popped a modern, gotoh style, bridge saddle on the high E for kicks, as it has a lot more clearance. Setting up now and the guitar is feeling really good
     
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    Nothing to do with tension. There is a flaw / burr on the saddle causing that.
     
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    Seems like I was able to fix. Was indeed something to do with the saddle/bridge relationship. My guitar looks like it has a gold tooth now but I kind of dig it. Thanks for all the replies and suggestions
     
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