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I broke my guitar string! :'[

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zeyqer, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. zeyqer


    Aug 19, 2013


    Well, I just bought my Ibanez GSR200 last hour and I tried to tune the thickest string(E) to D and I guess I stretch it TOO MUCH :crying:
    Ok, I never broke any string, even on my 1 year old fender. So can anyone tell me what kind of string to buy? :s Should I replace all of the strings too? Or just one? Here's picture of it.. sigh :meh:



    and will that small circle be included if I buy a whole set of new strings? or do I use it from my current string?

  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Replace them all, they're probably old/crappy anyways
  3. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    I hope you were loosening the string to get it DOWN to D, not up.
  4. Replace them all, and only tune your E up to E!

    Stretch the new strings by gently pulling the tuned strings away from the body from bridge to nut and retune.

    Tuning the E string up to D should kill most E strings.
  5. Reviresco

    Reviresco Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2011
    New England
    Sounds like you were tightening the string? If you are trying to tune to drop D you want to loosen the string. Also, I would change your strings on a regular basis too. I usually do once a month or so depending on how much playing and wear the strings have. Nothing like a new set of strings! :)
  6. jaxstarke


    Nov 6, 2010
    Mine usually break at the bridge. Doesn't matter which bass. Always at the bridge. Buy a whole new set. Once one goes it's usually indicative that they're all old and probably need replacing. And use a tuner. If you broke that one by tuning it up too high then that's a whole other story. Could do a lot more harm than just breaking a string.
  7. zeyqer


    Aug 19, 2013
    Umm yeah :s I dont know, it was E first then when it's D( I use tuner so thats why I know), it broke..
  8. zeyqer


    Aug 19, 2013
    I never bought a string, is there something to know before buying one? I do remember it says .045 -.105 on the booklet and I dont really get it :s
  9. Don't buy a string, buy a whole new set. If they're getting old they'll all need replacing.
  10. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
  11. zeyqer


    Aug 19, 2013
    So basically I just need to find a whole set for bass guitar? Will the strings in it be the same as if buying individually? I mean, it says .045 - .105 on the booklet, god.. sorry, im confused as fck now :/
  12. zeyqer


    Aug 19, 2013
    Ive been playing bass for almost a year and yes, I still consider myself new bcos I never learn abt the guitars n ****, all I do know is tuning the string n playing some songs haha.. thanks for that.. :hyper:
  13. Reviresco

    Reviresco Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2011
    New England
    I would buy a whole new set. If you are new to playing the bass lighter gauge strings would be my recommendation. They are easier on your fingers.
  14. zeyqer


    Aug 19, 2013
    ALSO GUYS.. If I buy a new set, will the peg be included in the packet? or no? :s
  15. Well, you've been playing for at least a year, and, to be honest, I didn't really know anything until about a year after I started playing. Now's a good a time as any to start.

    Get whatever strings you want, I like DR Sunbeams, but it's a personal preference thing. If you want a bright sound (slap, metal) then get roundwound strings (it will specify on the package), stainless steel is brighter than nickel, but also rougher on your fingers. If you want a classic rock, blues, country or funk sound then get flatwounds (it will be clear on the packaging). If you get flatwounds then you'll probably never have to replace them. .045-.105 is probably the most common gauge, and unless you're downtuning a lot (drop C or lower), just get that.

    Also, as a rule of thumb never tune strings higher than standard, that's an easy way to ruin your neck.

    Look up the manual on Ibanez's website for a guide to changing strings. Do not cut the strings, detune them and then just take them out. Cutting the strings causes a lot of tension to be released into the neck; it's not a huge deal, but better safe than sorry.

    The pegs aren't included in the package, those stay on your bass
  16. zeyqer


    Aug 19, 2013
    lighter as in what? is there an indicator saying that its light? :s sorry Im so new abt strings lol and will the peg be included in the packet? :help:
  17. The peg is part of the tuner, which stays on your bass; it is literally screwed onto your bass. Just keep it simple first time around and get a .045-.105 set
  18. The .045 - .105 is the range of string thickness from the skinny G string (.045 inches thick) to the fat E string (0.105 inches). So, the E string is a little more than 1/10th inch thick.

    The set most likely consists of E = 0.105, A = 0.085, D = 0.065, G =0.045

    I would stay with similar strings that are on now to avoid having to mess with the truss rod and intonation (assuming they are okay now)

    Get a set of Round Wound .045 - .105

    And get something decent but not expensive (D'addario, GHS, etc...)

    Stay patient and you will master all of this in no time.
  19. Lighter would be skinnier strings like: 0.040 - .095

    They require less tension to tune up, but then you may need to adjust the truss rod.

    Don't even think about touching the truss until you fully understand how easy it is to ruin your neck if you don't know what to do.

    There are heavier strings too but .045 - .105 is the most popular.
  20. zeyqer


    Aug 19, 2013
    oh sorry, can you look at the new added pic on this thread. will that circle thing be inside the new whole set? or i use it from my old string? :help::help: