Busting Ernie Ball D strings
Lately, within the last few months....them bastards have been breaking hell.
I've done it all, filed the blocks, changed the blocks around, swapped the D and low E blocks....I've done it all. Examined all the entire saddle area under lit magnification
When you're playing live and bust a string on a floating trem, you know what a pain in the ass that is, even if you've got a spare guitar (which I do) right there on the stage, it's an incredible pain in the ass.
On a whim, I sub'd a set of D'addario before a gig we had 2 weeks ago and had no problems at all. None. They felt a little stiffer, but they weren't breaking. I can deal with that.
This past Saturday I gave Ernie one more chance....because the EB strings do play better. Put on a brand new set the afternoon before the show. Last song in the 1st set. Busted D. Changed it during the break, by cutting off the broken end, pulling a few turns off the post and re-clamping it. 3rd set 2nd song, busted again.
I've had it with EB. I've used those strings since the 80's and swore absolute loyalty to the brand. The few sets I had left have gone in the trash.
End of rant.