ARRGH!! I must be cursed! I broke ANOTHER string....on practically new strings too ok, heres the deal, the G that was on at the time of purchase broke at the saddle, unsure of brand, but it must have been .045 or .050. The next set I put on were D'addario XLs, the G being .040. This also broke at the saddle. I believe because I popped it a bit too hard for such small strings. The latest set is a set of Fender nickel plated steels, the G being .050, and broke instead at the tuning peg, where the string bends around the edge of the post. I had detuned a minute before, and was retuning at the time of breakage. I fixed the string by moving it to a closer post, and moving the D to the G post. It is working so far. I don't remember exactly the date at which I bought the strings, but they just seem to have extremely short lifespans, about a month or a little over. I play really hard, but I know many others beat the strings as hard as me, and they have never had this problem. I have filed down the saddle a bit, but I don't know if that would help. I need to know what is wrong. Is it the strings? Should I not play as hard? is something wrong with the bass itself? I really need to get this fixed.