Well, it finally happened. I have had my guts for about 7-8 months now. I oiled them once a month with olive oil (Light coating). These are all guts, no wound. I absolutely loved the sound and feel. Where I live we have a unique weather condition known as Santa Ana winds. High pressure over this area draws in extremley dry weather from the desert, and while we normally have a nice seabreeze with some moisture, things turn bone dry oct thru december. I should have known better. Twice, I have left bongos and tablas in the garage, and forgot they were there. When I went to check on them, the heads were busted. On the high pressure days, you can actually hear the pitch of the hand drums go higher, as though being tightened. Anyway, I had my gut strung bass in a storage facility for about 2 weeks. It rarely gets hot in there, but it can get cold at times. I did not detune them. I went to rehearsal last night, took my bass out of it's thick canvas bag, and the g string had busted right around the C note. It looked like it lieterally exploded! I actually had noticed an inconsistency in the color in that exact position earlier, but never gave it much thought. I thought guts were tougher then that, though? Rather then pay for a new gut string (Or set) I am going to try the euronsonics I have as a back up for a while. But I really, really loved those guts. I am worried now, as I don't know the exact reason for the break. Problem with the string itself? Age? (8 months old) Tightening past the breaking point on it's own due to possible severe dry conditions? I want to stick with the sound and feel of guts, but now I am scared. I was led to believe that guts were very tough, and that's why slappers like them, but what I was always afraid of just happened. Any expert advice?? I would appreciate any help here!