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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-30-2004, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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String breakage with piezo saddles...

Sometimes, when my string are about 1 month old, my high e string breaks (Ernie .009). It happens occasionally when I bend the high e. So today it has happened, and I've looked at the saddle: just in the middle of it there is a groove left by the string. I think that is normal, it's just the saddle weared off a little, but I'm wondering if this groove could be the string snapper!
I want to avoid filing the saddle, since the guitar is a RG2020x with piezo saddles! So I put some graphite (from a pencil) over the saddle, where the string rests, in order to lubrificate it a little.
Any opinions? Could the groove be the problem?

NB: I forgot to mention an important thing: when the high-e breaks, it ALWAYS breaks on a point near the bridge, but NOT over the saddle! It breaks in some point over the bridge pick-up...
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Anyone?
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My strings don't last me a month....how much do you play?
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My strings don't last me a month....how much do you play?
One hour per day, I don't have much time, I'm a sudent at the University...I always wipe my strings with string cleaner after playing.
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string cleaning doesn't have much to say about the strings break-point..
and i would guess it is at the saddle?
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It's called metal fatigue, wouldn't you be tired if somebody bent you in half a 1000 times?
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It's called metal fatigue, wouldn't you be tired if somebody bent you in half a 1000 times?
So the problem is the old string, not the saddle?
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-04-2004, 09:41 AM
 
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a month is decent for moderate to heavy use on a guitar, specially for an E string.

Not that that really needed to be said at this point, but i liked rich's analogy so i just wanted an excuse to post here.

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Thanks guys!
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