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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-17-2004, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Jem strings breakage

I have two Jems, a 7DBK and a 7VWH and both of them keep breaking strings at roughly about 1/8" in from their bridge saddle. Typically this happens on the treble strings but it has happened on the d string too.

This sometimes happen's during regular playing and soetimes whilst pulling up a couple of full tones on the trem.

Any tips folks ?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-17-2004, 03:49 PM
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Change strings more often
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Is that really the likely culprit of such string breakages ?
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Absolutely, but too hard a pick attack and/or too much whammy use point to the causes.
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ok, I must admit the Jems get used for the heavier tones and I do tend to be a bit lazy on changing their strings ... my guitars that get used for cleaner tones get heavier strings and more frequent changes and funnily enough, very few string breakages
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I can pretty much predict when I'm going to break a string.

I just play at home now and have become lax about changing them as often as I should, problem is I'm a whammy nut so I put quite a bit of stress on my strings.

After about 3 weeks (and this is actually pretty good) I'll pull the bar up and "ZING", there goes my high E string. I'll pretty much expect it though, and this is when the strings get changed.

Right now my 520 is sitting in its stand with broken E and B strings. Just too lazy to change them at the moment. :-)

As Rich said, change them more often and you won't have a problem.

When I was working as a tech for Paul Plumeri the strings on his guitars got changed every 2 gigs, every gig during the summer if we played outdoors or in a club with no AC.

And he plays vintage Strats and Les Pauls, so we're not talking about strings being put through the stress of being pulled up a major 4th like with a FR trem. :-)

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and of course, once i break a string I'm also guilty of not using a fresh one and just pulling some slack off the post and reattaching the broken string to the trem
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Oh well now, that explains A LOT! ;-)

Hey, not everyone can afford to change strings all the time and if that's what you have to do to make ends meet, go for it.

I've done it myself. :-)

Just don't complain when they break more often. ;-)

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Bzzzt, bzzzt... pop! Now the light's on!
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