Strings breaking far too much?
Sometimes it feels like you just keep breaking strings and I’m sure you’re frustrated.
There are some key reasons for string breakage and I’m going to tell you the one’s I’ve encountered.
1) Improper stringing of the guitar: If you’re not accustomed to stringing your own guitar you may over wind the string or even under wind to the point there’s not even a singe wrap around the string. In addition to the winding issue, sometimes the string becomes bent in the wrap or after the wrap which will increase string breakage. To fix this issue, take care when stringing the guitar or bring your guitar to us for stringing at a fait re-string rate.
2) Tuning posts: Either right out of the factory or through wear and tear, the post can develop sharp edges which will cut into the string causing breakage. To resolve this issue you can either; file the post holes yourself or bring your guitar into the shop and we’ll fix it for you.
3) The Nut: Dirt and wear and tear can also cause edges which will wear the string out easily. This also applies if you increase your string gauge beyond the size of the slots in the nut. To resolve this issue, inspect the nut for sharp edges, check for rubbing when increasing string gauge. If you’re unsure, bring it in and we can either file the nut for you or even change to a higher quality nut. Another way to prevent friction is to pick up a lubricant at the store.
4) Old strings: sometimes the strings oxidize and breakage increases. All you have to do is change your strings to a new set.
5) Frets; a few reasons could cause frets to become indented therefore increasing friction when bending strings. Pressing too hard when fretting or striking an object like a mic stand are the two most common reasons for this. You should take your guitar into the store so we can file your frets so ensure they are level as doing this without experience could cause other problems like fret buzz.
6) The Bridge/Saddles: Just like the tuning posts and nut, sharp edges can form and increase the chances of string breakage and friction. You can have these sharp edges filed smooth at our shop to prevent further issues. Again, this is a location where a lubricant can be very useful to prevent friction and breakage. A drastic step is to change the saddles, for electric guitar a teflon coated GrapTech saddle will almost eliminate friction and a bone nut or composite nut for acoustic can help with tone and friction.
Bottom Line, spending a few extra bucks in labour costs can prevent high replacement string costs. Additionally, nothing is more frustrating if you’re in the groove and SNAP! you lose a string. Your guitar experience should be fun, we are here to help.