I broke a string

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I broke a string, originally uploaded by Rowan Peter.

The G string never stayed in tune. I broke the string while I was trying to tune it. Next stop? The guitar shop.

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8 thoughts on “I broke a string

    bryanjack said:
    February 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I used to break the G all the time when I started out… it’s still probably the one that breaks the most, but I think it’s happened less frequently of late. I wonder if this is because of how beginners ‘strike’ the strings (as opposed to coming across them more consistently parallel)?

    Always good to have some spare sets (or spare Gs) around the house to save you that trip – nothing worse than having a guitar you can’t play (though I will admit to strumming the odd five, and four, stringed guitar in my day…).

      rowan_peter responded:
      February 17, 2013 at 4:25 am

      I’ll probably grab a couple packs of strings at the shop. I missed an opportunity for some guitar practice this afternoon because of the broken string. No good.

    ColinJagoe said:
    February 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Yup, whenever I buy strings, I usually pick up 2 or 3 packs, to make sure there are spares around. And yeah, it’s often G. Used to play with a friend who broke them so often it was a running joke. 2 g-strings a night kinda humour.

      rowan_peter responded:
      February 17, 2013 at 6:05 am

      Hmmm. I’ll try not to make breaking strings too much of a habit. Now that I have to buy some new ones, I might try strings with a different thickness.

        ColinJagoe said:
        February 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm

        That might help, but you’ll likely find that lighter gauge is easier to play on, even if they may break. I may simply be a matter of plugging away with you guitar, as you tune it and play it more, the guitar will adjust, and hold tune better and take tuning more happily. Maybe. 🙂

        ColinJagoe said:
        February 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        It may. Not I may. …

    NJM said:
    February 20, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Ha! High E string is my most common break. I have played my guitar for months at a time without it. One less string? Creative constraint. I end up playing chords and patterns just a little differently than normal.

    ted said:
    February 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Right, NJM: who needs 6 strings anyway? Keith Richards only uses five.

    A couple of things you might check if one string in particular won’t stay in tune:
    1. Look at the tuning machine for that string. Many times there will be a tiny phillps-head screw holding the knob on. If it’s loose, it won’t hold tension very well. Take a small screwdriver and make sure it’s snug (but not too tight to turn).
    2. Make sure the ball on the end of the string is up against the guitar top and not at the end of the bridge pin. Gryphon Strings has a great tutorial on changing strings that shows the ball/bridge/bridge pin setup really clearly.

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