Gretch Baritone string breakage!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by tbone409, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. tbone409


    Feb 17, 2007
    kenosha, wi
    So here's the story, i have a low end Gretsch baritone, 30" scale tuned EADGbe. i bought it about 6 months ago, and havn't changed the strings yet due to availability and time constraints.

    It was strung with fender's own 95-25 string set
    and i was always extremely dissatisfied with the string to string balance, not to mention that after 6 months the tone was muffled and hollow and it went out of tune frequently.

    so i went to juststrings dot com to see what i could do. i bought a Ken Smith SS balanced shortscale set 106-44 E-G and then bought a Ken Smith .28 High C for my b string, then i went to singles to shop around and bought a SIT .18 and a GHS .20 on the logic that SIT makes Conklin's high F in .18 and GHS manufactures Ken smith strings

    The Problem is this bad boy

    i didn't even get to tune up before the A string snapped followed by the SIT high e. a quick restring of the high e then 5 seconds later the GHS .20. all the strings are breaking right at the tremolo

    now im using this method from bigsby

    but i need help

    any solutions?

    different strings? operator error? take it to a tech?
  2. tbone409


    Feb 17, 2007
    kenosha, wi
    morning bump
  3. Hmmm, I have the same baritone Gretsch for about a year and only encountered a snapped high E ... so my guess is that a tech is the best option.
    Maybe a sharp edge on the tremelo-bar (or whatever it is called :$)
  4. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC/JAM USA: Distributor of Ashdown amplification
    you say they're breaking right at the trem. Where at the trem? Is it where it takes the sharp angle? noted by the letter A in you diagram?
  5. tbone409


    Feb 17, 2007
    kenosha, wi
    yes right at the end where the silk wrapping ends on the ken smith strings, where the solid string turns into a double helix-ish thing. there was a loud pop and then the string just all turned into a mess of jumbled wire right at the end.

    on the high e it cleanly snapped off right where the wire becomes a double helix well before it got anywhere near in tune

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