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Did i only break a string?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mfgl, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. mfgl


    Jul 1, 2008
    Altoona PA
    So im really new to playing bass, I bought a ibanez sr485 in really nice condition for a good price, looking around the internet i found this bass is probably 5 or 6 years old and the strings were original according to the previous owner so i decided i would get some new ones, I wanted a little thicker set. the only set the local store had was E B super slinky. They were a little thicker .135 for the b string and i figured that might give me a little more punch since i have a small amp. Anyhow as it was my first time ever putting strings on, i overtightened the b string looking for b (turning the wrong way) there was a loud pop. to me it sounded like wood cracking. the string broke by the tuner and came unwound. I went back to the store and bought a single string, d'addario .130 was the only single string they had for a b. i installed it , everything seems fine. but as ive never broke a string before and to me it sounded like wood cracking should i be worried about something else? its been two weeks, its stayed in tune after retuning it the second day after playing a bit. I guess the question is what would breaking a string from overtightening sound like. i see no damage anywhere but i didnt look at truss rod...or down inside where it screws in? what else could have broken?
  2. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    When you were changing the string did you leave the other strings on or did you take them all off? You should never take off all the strings when you change because that takes all the tension off the neck and that's not really something you want to do. Chances are you didn't damage the neck and the cracking sound you heard was just the sound of the string snapping reverberating through the neck itself.

    Were you using a tuner? Make sure next time to go slow and take your time.
  3. mfgl


    Jul 1, 2008
    Altoona PA
    yes, i did them one at a time, and i did that one last. I use a tuner for sure, im still new to this. I dont remember what i had that thing tuned up to but it was pretty tight. I shoulda been paying attention i remember how loose the string always seemed.
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    You're fine if everything is working OK.
  5. Connor


    Jun 21, 2007
    haha, yes just the string. funny story.