High e keeps snapping and I'm getting frustrated

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  1. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Do it or screw it.

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    If it's happening on more than one guitar, I suspect it is your right hand technique.

    Right hand is more likely to cause a string break than a bend.

    That being said, I'm just throwing it out there. OP please don't take offense.
     
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  2. Yves

    Yves Most Honored Senior Member

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    Do you wear these when you practice?
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  3. Yves

    Yves Most Honored Senior Member

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    Just checking.
    You do know it is only the string you need to bend, not the neck.
     
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  4. Yves

    Yves Most Honored Senior Member

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    As a StarCraft space marine me too, found it infuriating how often my strings broke during bends. That's me back then.
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    Now I have learnt to tune in with my feminine self. I wear tights which helps me soften my touch. I just recently learnt, on this forum that makes me a "perv".
    I learn so much here!
     
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  5. HighwayStar106

    HighwayStar106 Senior Stratmaster

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    I've used everything from 8s to 12s, Ernie Ball, Fender, Rotosound etc., and I never have any trouble, even with all the bending I do. In fact in the 3 and a half years I've been playing, I've only broken to strings: one unwound at the ball end, the other snapped when I was tuning up from open G.

    My brother on the other hand breaks a string at least once a month. He plays rhythm, so doesn't bend them - he somehow manages to break them just by picking so hard!
     
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  6. EAllen

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    I think we are saying the same thing. When I said technique I was refering to your bending possobly too agressive. The other strings being thicker will have more ability to sustain more stretch while bending. The high e being the thinnest is the most broken string on guitar land. [emoji16]

    Sounds like you are on track.

    Eric
     
  7. Dave Harmon

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    I think the OP may be pressing too hard on the string that breaks.
    He said they only break under his finger....not at the nut or saddle.
    It seems to me that the string is being 'sawed' across the angle of the fret....this would be worse if the string is pressed hard enough to get close to the fret board.
    Jumbo frets being a lot taller would likely be worse because the break over angle is greater.
    I've never thought about this sitch before as I play EB's on a medium jumbo Strat/Tele/G&L ASAT Spcl and only break a string when i get carried away....
     
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    I'd like to know what you like about the 11's? I'm using 10's. I like them but thinking about going to 11's because I tend to bend the notes while chording.
     
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    how much is
    massive. Huge.
     
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  10. velvet_man

    velvet_man Senior Stratmaster

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    I really like the feel of 11s. They just feel more substantial, and I notice a slight difference in tone that I like (clean, distorted I don't hear any difference). I have to work a bit harder for big bends on the high e, so I still keep 10s on one guitar. I especially like 11s in E flat tuning. It's the best of both worlds. The only reason I don't just do that with all of my guitars is because it's just easier to be in standard tuning at jams.
     
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    10-46 NYXL. Haven’t broke one since I’ve switched. Used to break 9’s all the time.
     
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  12. qblue

    qblue Senior Stratmaster

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    Breaking an high E string isn't surprising with Ernie Ball strings. I gave them up 30 years ago.

    GHS, D'Addarios, Fender do not break under stress, in my experience. But I use 10's, primarily.
     
  13. SurfErDud29

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    Finally made the change to 10-48s today (10-11 hybrid; with the bass strings that of a set of 11s), loving them. My bends are more controlled and no breakage so far; high e string feel less like it's about to give out in any second.
     
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    +1 on the hole edge or where the bridge plate meets the block. Every broken high e string I've ever had was caused by this, it usually happened on bends as well.
     
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    I believe the OP was saying the string is breaking under his finger .
    Around the 5th fret more so than the 12th .
     
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    I hesitate to say it for fear of being ostracised
    but
    that's 40k :whistling:
     
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    :)
    Like... massive.
    HUGE.
    Ok, not really that much... 4 frets usually.
     
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  18. SurfErDud29

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    I'm getting real tired of this, at least 1 string breaks a day and it puts me off from playing. The worst part is that it snaps under my fingers wherever I bend, be it at the 12-14th fret or the 5-7th fret; not at the bridge or nut, and not at any specific fret. I've tried everything, literally everything, and to no avail. Please any help would be appreciated. What could I be missing? And please remember it snaps under my fingers at whichever fret I bend, and so it can't be at the bridge or tuning peg. Surely not all the fret are sharp, it's a brand new CS strat and the frets are spotless from what I can see. Help!
     
  19. Thrup'ny Bit

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    I wish I could help, but I've never had this happen in all the years I've been playing so I don't have a clue. When you put a new set of strings on, what do you do, how do you get the tuning stable?
     
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  20. SurfErDud29

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    Leave enough slack (3 pegs long) and wind it around the peg after feeding it through the vintage tuner, lube the nut and let it stretch for a bit and tune it to E. No different than any other string.
     
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