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Breaking an E string

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by leftundone, Mar 29, 2003.


  1. leftundone

    leftundone

    Mar 14, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I'm new to the board by the way. I wanted to see if anyone else has ever broken an E string during a set? It was pretty sad. Am I alone on this one?

    http://www.mp3.com/leftundone
     
  2. I use to break the E string (as well as the others) when I was in high school. I pounded like crazy on the bass because I had bad technique and an underpowered amp. Now, I have a lighter touch and rarely break a string. When I do, it's because the bridge gets sharp and breaks my string. To fix the problem I just use some fine sandpaper and it's as good as new. Plus I change my strings every 3 or 4 months.
     
  3. I never broke a string until last week. Blew the A right off. I play really hard and it was the third show on the set.
     
  4. leftundone

    leftundone

    Mar 14, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Breaking that "E" string was a very crazy thing. I was using my old Ibanez bass & I played very hard on that thing. I've never broken a string on my G & L in the past 5 years, which is crazy because I've played over 400 shows since I first bought it.

    http://www.mp3.com/leftundone
     
  5. ive never really played that hard. only times ive broken an E string are back when i didnt know what i was doing when tuning a bass, and when i threw my bass up against a bunch of cardboard, thinking nothing would break. Instead, i broke 3 of my strings and pushed the pickups in so far that the screws and springs broke inside. :rolleyes:
     
  6. leftundone

    leftundone

    Mar 14, 2003
    Chicago, IL
  7. Blew an E string during the first song of a big concert in front of about 1,000 people...On a Steinberger XL-2.

    That's the ONLY bass I have ever broke strings on (probably about 6 total with that thing...).
     
  8. leftundone

    leftundone

    Mar 14, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Sobie,
    I hear you man, I broke mine in front of 1500 people watching & another few 1000 listening. I don't use that bass anymore.

    Sean
    http://www.mp3.com/leftundone
     
  9. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    I have never broke a string. I would like to see someone do it though, just as I think that would be hilarious.
     
  10. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz

    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    i can't believe there are people who have never broken strings. i pop one once every few months and i play light. but that's why i have the raven labs box. turn off channel one, pick up the thumb, turn on channel 2, and i'm ready to go.
     
  11. leftundone

    leftundone

    Mar 14, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Jason,
    What's happening? I haven't broken a string since 1999. I use to use Medium Lights, then I changed to Mediums + my bass is from the early 80's. Not sure if that has anything to do with it.
    I hate breaking strings. It messes up the flow of the show. I just checked out your band Bon Pantalon. Do you guys ever play anymore?



    http://www.mp3.com/leftundone