The E String Breakage

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  1. Didds

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    Hey everyone, just a quick question about an issue I've been having for a while

    So I've constantly been breaking my high E string (.10 gauge). I find myself going off to buy a new set of strings almost weekly. It breaks at the saddle every time and I suspect there may be something wrong going on there. I've also noticed that it only happens when I bend.
    I use 10-52 Elixir Nanowebs

    I really don't want to continue spending money on new strings every week so help would really be appreciated.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Check for any sharp edges on saddle notch cutting into the string.
     
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    What would that look like?
     
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    You can feel it better than see it. easy fix. get a piece of emery paper or fine grit sand paper, fold it in a 'v' and run it through the saddle notch a few times.
     
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    Might not look like anything, could be tiny burrs. Feel for it, or better yet assume its there and take some fine grit sandpaper and clean the saddle slot carefully, then lube with some graphite on restring. I was having same issue a while back, after above procedure I haven't broken a string in months. Sharp temperature changes, and extremed tuning changes were also adding to my woes.
     
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    Probably a burr. I had the same issue when I got my SG, except it was in the tailpiece instead of the bridge. Just use sandpaper and be careful :thumb:
     
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    This is why I like roller bridges and saddles. :D
     
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    This, plus some guitar stores do sell single strings. Buy yourself a couple to have on hand.
     
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    Like they said, check saddles. Also check the angle of your tailpiece, try raising it up a bit on the high E side (assuming its a LP). Finally try different brand of strings.
     
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    You can also, in addition, lube the saddle (big bends nut sauce, chap stick, and a million other compounds).
     
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    Cheers guys :thumb:
     
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    Yup or the el cheapo version. Vaseline and pencil graphite shavings mixed together.
     
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    also, take a really good look at your string angle over the bridge., and make sure that your tailpiece is high enough to allow the strings to clear the rear of the bridge. If the tailpiece is too low, and the strings touch the rear corner of the bridge, your tone will be choked and your strings may break there.


    +1 on lubing the bridge saddles. I use a home made mixture of powdered graphite and vaseline. A tiny dot on a toothpick is enough for a bridge saddle. I use it in the string notches at the nut also, and under the string tree on a Fender, and on the worm gear of open-gear tuners.

    You shouldn't have to buy anything. Just smooth the notch a tiny bit.
    You can use the same kind of stone that fishermen use to sharpen hooks...
    I have one that is triangle shaped, and it's good for working in string notches.
    A needle file or an emery board might also work. Also a whetstone from a
    knife sharpening kit. Or a small stone included with your dremel tool.

    You don't want to deepen the notch... just smooth it judiciously and then lube it. Good luck.
     
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    I got this stuff, too. Years ago, I ordered a combo pack of 4, with the 4 different sizes and grit. Very useful product.
     
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    So about a week ago I got some fine grit and just ran it through the saddle. Whacked my usual strings on and so far so good. Hopefully I can finally have my strings last their lifetime :fingersx:

    Thanks for the advice guys
     
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