Ok lots of questions to be answered.
First thing, I don't use heavy grit, I use very fine grit sand paper.
Second, my other guitars are far better for string breakage. I pick harder on those ones actually because I use 10's instead of 9's and have standard bridges.
The High E and B ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS break on the exact point of the saddles. There and only there. I never break anything but High E and B.
I always clean my strings after playing and do not have corossive sweat. Well I mean everybody does but I really don't let off that much moisture.
SRV on a Jem? Eh... a little bit. More like Paul Gilbert.
Videos of my playing? http://yngvaitriani.tripod.com
I use picks that are between 1mm and 2mm. The last string I broke was when I was picking heavily, but I mean come on, picking? If a guitar with a floating bridge and light strings breaks strings with heavy picking that often then these guitars obviously aren't that versatile now are they? I'm sorry, but to me, if a guitar can't handle picking, that's ridiculous. That's like a fish having an allergic reaction to water.
Bending strings aswell. The majority of the time a string breaks is when I bend a string and I never bend beyond one full step on my 7V for that very reason.
To ALL who's strings last longer than 5 weeks
- Are you a heavy picker? Do you bend or whammy much?
I NEVER PULL UP. Does this not seem ridiculous or unusual to anyone because this is about the most obsurd thing I have ever heard of.
Come this weekend, I will be borrowing my friend's JS1000BP. I am going to play this thing like I would play my own and see how often it breaks strings.