Where can I buy single strings?

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  1. JuneauMike

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    Strings by Mail have pedal steel GHS .010 and .011---designed to last much longer than most without breaking. And they do.
     
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    At pretty much any music shop worth its weight, there will be a selection of basic Ernie Ball and/or D'Addario single strings.

    For more variety, you usually need to look at one of the online string specialists.

    All that being said, consistent string breaks are not normal, and they are an indicator that something is wrong...with something. It's the nut, the saddle, the tuner, and/or your technique. Start by noting where the strings break. Same place every time?
     
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    G string? Oh, E string, never mind.
     
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    Lately, EB .010s have been breaking by the ball end and I have stopped using them on any guitar bound for a gig.
     
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    I have a bunch of 5-packs of Gibson Brite Wires in different gauges that came with 2 extra B strings and 2 extra high E strings. I'm not sure if they still sell the 5-packs though.
     
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    My local shop sells individual strings but they’re pretty basic cheap ‘school’ strings. Just don’t sound good beside the others. Don’t see why the manufacturer’s don’t sell all strings individually with a discount for a set. I for one would buy from one that did. They may sell a few less sets but not many. The real bugger is when the top E breaks for whatever reason, days after you put on a new set.

    However.........Just looked on stringsdirect and they sell most of the leading brands and types in singles for 99p. Glad this thread made me look, in future I’ll order an extra E per set.
     
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    I don't think I have broken a string on the last 20 years.
    But of course I change them when they are dead.
    This usually happens within 8-12 hours of actual playing or a 2 hour gig.
     
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    My exclusively private gigs normally last at least a 100+ hours between string change. I put a custom order gauge set together at Stringjoy. One of the very few places to choose individual gauges, a set every two months and seldom if ever break a string
     
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    If you are buying from strings direct in the UK, try a packet of their 'Legacy' strings... you get a free E and B with every set, they are made in the UK for strings direct and I'm 100% convinced they are identical to Rotosound strings.
     
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    Grab the b string out of one of your 5-packs.
    Might last longer.
     
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    Good advice, next time I’ll do that
     
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