Updated: Dec 10, 2021
Every guitarist has experienced the often traumatizing annoyance of a Guitar String Breaking. Here's how to prevent it:
To start things off, let's go over some of the most common reasons why Guitar Strings Break so often. Sharp edges on the nut, bridge, or even the fretboard could cause strings under tension to wear away at a certain point eventually leading to a break on the weakened point. Another factor could be the age of the strings and your guitar hygiene. Over time, acid from the oils of our hands can cause the strings to become weakened, leading to breaks in the future. While these problems are certainly annoying, there are some simple ways to fix them to prevent future Guitar String Breaks.
Guitars should not necessarily have very many sharp edges, but if you are experiencing String Breaks at a certain point repeatedly, you may want to take a closer look at your bridge, nut, frets, and tuning pegs. All of these parts of the guitar make contact with the strings, therefore, are prone to causing friction and leading to Breaks in the future. If you find a sharp point on any of these points, an easy way to fix the issue would be using sandpaper or even an old wound guitar string to smooth out the sharp points. If you can accurately locate the sharp points, you should be able to access them with your sandpaper, but the really tight spaces might involve the use of a wound guitar string to smooth them out.
As far as the hygiene issue goes, keeping your guitar clean at all times will definitely help your case. Cleaning kits like this one can make all the difference when keeping your guitar squeaky clean. The use of microfiber cloths and special oils can be a game-changer in the world of Guitar Hygiene. On the topic of keeping things clean, having clean hands before playing is equally important. Our skin is always producing oils to help the skin stay moisturized. This can lead to some problems, though. Some acids found on our oily skin can cause damage to the strings and other parts of the guitar. If your hands are dirty, this can also decrease your performance due to sticky fingers. Plus, if you're carrying germs on your hands, it might be worth your while to wash your hands real quick before your jam sesh.
While the previous causes of Guitar String Breaks occur often, it is most common for them to break while replacing strings. When slappin' on a fresh set of strings, one must be very careful. It doesn't matter what method of putting on strings you use as long as you always remember to take your time. Winding the strings up too fast can cause the strings to snap spontaneously. Stretching the strings as you wind them up to pitch can also help drastically. This helps the strings adjust to the new tremendous tension they are going through as well as warm them up and make them less brittle.
We hope this article helped you in some way with the issue of Guitar String Breaks. Make sure to check out more of our content to learn more about Guitars and Accessories!