Improvising for broken string?


#1

Now, I’ve been doing this for a while and I don’t know if anyone else does. Kind of curious to know. Often I’ll break a string quite often it’s the high E string. And I’m a poor man lol. I can’t afford too many brand new sets. So if I only have one brand new set left and the set I already have on isn’t that old, I will take either an old high E string I got or I’ll take a string close to it. I’ll use my situation now for an example. Right now I have tens on my arz. I have only one brand new set of 9.5. Was kind of saving them for something else. I am out of old 10 gauge High e strings. Hell I’m out of all my hi e Strings LOL. All old ones and new ones for 9, 9.5, and 10. so what I’ve been doing is I know that the next string up is a 13 so I will take a b string from a 9 gauge set which I think is 11 gauge and use it as my high e. Now I know these numbers aren’t exact measurements in gauge, but hopefully you understand what I mean LOL. It’s just a little bit easier for me to say right now . and faster cuz I’m standing in the cold LOL. so out of curiosity, anybody else do this or something close to it???


#2

Hi.

Yeah, I have done that in the past. As long as it’s tuned correctly, no problems.

However, it does feel odd under the fingers.


#3

Breaking the high e often might mean you have a sharp edge somewhere touching it, maybe somewhere on the saddle/bridge or toplock if you have that.

Where does it break usually, always in the same place?


#4

I used to suffer from lots of broken high E:s as well. They always broke at the bridge saddle. Since I never trimmed the excess string at the tuner I would simply rewind the broken end around the ball to get a “new” slightly shorter string. This would typically work once or twice before having to buy a new one.

(As mentioned by @Roverton, I later found out that I hade a problem with the saddle that made the strings brake there. That, and my ridiculously exaggerated attack…)


#5

Awesome guys!! Thanks!! Kinda like troy grady’s poles for basic knowledge, only more or less for me and my conscience Lol. I have no real musician friends to ask except on here. This reply is basically for all 3 of ya’s cause i don’t know any other way doing it LOL. Well, i had those same sneaking suspicions of the saddle and whatnot. I think only once I had a burr in the saddle and rusted spot. the same string the same saddle for both rust and burr. the rest of the High e strings I broke out of idiocy. For example trying to tune with a drop pedal and forgetting or not knowing it was turned on. 2 times something like that had happened and I broke Strings. but I like that idea with the ball end of the string. Next time I’m break at the Saddle I might try that. Thanks again guys!! U know what? I gotta real quick question for u guys. Off subject tho. Is there a way to plug a looper pedal into an amp, or does it have to b a specific kind of amp, or just a particular kind of looper pedal, i would need to get the looper to loop a clean sound first, and then i go back over with a high gain dub without it distorting the orignal clean loop as well. I hope i worded that all right to where it makes sense. I guess something like metallica’s “fade to black” is what I’m kinda going for. But the amp distorts the clean loop when i try to dub over with high gain. My first looper pedal :joy:. Or is it even possible LOL. Never had one before, don’t know LOL