no fret buzz = broken string - help!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by RideTheFretboard, Dec 28, 2000.

  1. This is really annoying me now and i need help.

    I got a set of Elite standard gauge rounds for christmas and although i have been playing over a year this is my first string change. I assumed stringing my bass would be a fairly easy task - wrong! The E-string was really buzzing so i tightened it, but now i was an octave too high. When i tried to tune my A to this octave the stupid thing unraveled and broke. I replaced this set with some medium gauge Rotosound Swing 66's and the same thing happened - the E-string broke. What the hell am I doing wrong or should i get them strung at my local store? It's really annoying and strings ain't cheap - any suggestions?
  2. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    What are you telling me - you tuned the strings an octave above standard tuning? :confused: No wonder they break...
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I share the incredulity - Yup, if you take strings straight out of the bag and tighten them an octave above what they're meant for, then 9 out of 10 times they will break!

    If you change the type of strings you are using, there is a high probability that you will need to change the setup to avoid things like fret buzz - but this doesn't mean tightening up an octave! If you're lucky it might need nothing more than raising the saddles slightly on the bridge to get rid of the buzz - drastic changes of string type might need a change of relief in the neck.
  4. I think you need to go talk to the bass specialist at your local store and get himm/her to show you how to put them on correctly, as well as how to tune it. There is a great article on string installation in Bass Player magazine, March 1996, which should be accessible in the archives at their website,