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What's this!? High E keeps breaking.

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Acme8, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Surrey, England
    If strings are breaking fairly regularly it is worth checking out the bridge and the tuner holes just to make sure there are no rough/sharp edges there.
     
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  2. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 27, 2018
    North Central NC
    I got my six free .009" strings from Ernie Ball today. That really does show they stand behind what they sell.
     
  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    The thread is about defective strings breaking, not about breaking strings.
     
  4. photoweborama

    photoweborama Strat-Talker

    156
    Dec 5, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    Solder the winding by the ball end. Works every time.
     
  5. R-Dizzle

    R-Dizzle Strat-Talk Member

    99
    Feb 6, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I got a bad batch of DRs once. I E-mailed DR and they sent me a few replacement packs for free.
     
  6. ntotoro

    ntotoro Strat-O-Master

    573
    Jul 3, 2012
    NoVa
    In all fairness, it could have been my own fault. I may have messed up putting on the string and round-core strings can be fickle. It hasn’t happened before or since. I’ll keep that in-mind, though, thanks!

    Nick
     
  7. ToneRanger

    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 8, 2009
    Area 51
    The trick with DR's is you have to put a kink in the string before cutting to ensure the winding grips the round core - if you ever open the cardboard box the strings come in there are instructions inside.
    I ruined a couple sets myself before I figured it out.

    As for the plain strings, I got a bad batch of plain strings (.009's) in bulk and I had 4 in a row come loose at the ball end. I soldered the rest and no issues after.
     
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  8. Deckard

    Deckard Strat-O-Master

    904
    Jan 10, 2015
    Ontario Canada
    Irrelevant. It's always a solid suggestion to make double sure nothing on the guitar is jacked up or user error causing the breakage. Especially if it's been a common occurrence.
     
  9. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Not irrelevant at all.
     
  10. Deckard

    Deckard Strat-O-Master

    904
    Jan 10, 2015
    Ontario Canada
    Very much so. All the guy did was say to make sure the guitar doesn't have issues in bridge or tuner. A solid suggestion when string breakage is an issue. OP doesn't say anywhere whether they did or not. You swooping in saying that the thread is about defective strings is indeed irrelevant to the suggestion given.