I've always kind of worried about this...haha. I'm a generally new player, I started about 2 years ago and now am studying bass in college, and, being this new, I've never had to change strings or had one break. I've heard horror stories of strings breaking and either cutting off the player's hand or severely gouging it. I've read some threads on these forums about the tailpiece cable snapping and the whole thing flying up and the bridge launching across the rehersal hall, so I know everything is under immense pressure. Can someone separate fact and fiction for me?