Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Gerrards Cross, Bucks, United Kingdom
Hello mate - let me start by saying tht I'm no tech!
I gig and rehearse regularly (about 10-12 hours of play on each guitar each week) and am using Dadarrio XL120's. I tend to find the strings (usually top E and B) snap at the bridge after about 1 month.
I used to (many years ago) think this was excessive, but it's really pretty normal and dependent on how much abuse you give the strings. You have to remember that there is a contact point where the string hits the bridge saddles and this is going to cause wear and tear every time the string moves. Good old sweat and other atmospheric stuff will also have an impact on how long the strings will last (which is why many people wipe down the strings after playing or - in the case of a gig where you will tend to sweat more - inbetween every few songs)
The only thing I would suggest checking is that the saddles haven't worn or become rough around the contact point, which could be speeding up the string degradation. If you find this to be the case, I would suggest getting your guitar along to a good tech to sort it out.
Hope you work it out soon!