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  • I snapped a guitar string while down tuning.

    I'm absolutely terrified of the world now. @___@

  • #2
    Funny, the same thing happened to me some time ago on a fairly new Gibson SG. I had to set it down and just back away

    Just last week I got the courage to go back in and change out the strings.


    It really was down for quite a while. But I often just set a guitar down and pick up another for a while. But that one actually did surprise me a bit since the strings hadn't had much playing time on them, but yeah, I'd been up and down tuning and I guess it just didn't like it when I tried to bring it back up. Finicky she was.
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    • #3
      prolly just a coincidence. or the devil!
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      • #4
        ^^^ I thought mine might have been caused by some bad Gibson mojo (there is good and bad you know) that caused me to go through a wrinkle in time and therefore tune up too far, but I swear I didn't do that. But of course, how would I have known.
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        • #5
          Must be a death metal player.

          Only death metal players are badass enough to break strings while down tuning.
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          • #6
            I've done that before, too. Apparently strings don't like it when you change their tension a lot. Or maybe my g string really didn't want to play Nick Drake stuff.
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            • #7
              Do you use locking tuners? I've found that this can happen with locking tuners because there's so little string wound around the peg that tuning down and back up can bend the string at the point where it passes into the hole in the peg. This back and forth bending weakens the string at that point and it snaps. I don't tune down, but this happened to me once when I was fine tuning the nut slots on a new nut I'd made. I'd been loosening the string to lift it from the slot, then tuning it back up to tension to check the action. After a few repetitions the G string snapped at the peg while I unwinding it.
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              • #8
                It was a regular ol' Fender tuner; the string that snapped was my 1st string, which was an 11 gauge and always tuned at E. Then while lowering it to a D, the incident happened and my world got turned upside down.

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                • #9
                  This has happened to me before. Which end did it snap at? I'll bet you a pack of strings there's a burr at that end. File it out a bit and restring. It's not too difficult. pretty easy fix, actually
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                  • #10
                    If the string has a sharp kink and the kink is straightened out it can snap. Did it snap at the tuner?

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                    • #11
                      I snapped a guitar string while down tuning.

                      I'm absolutely terrified of the world now. @___@


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                      • #12
                        If the string has a sharp kink and the kink is straightened out it can snap. Did it snap at the tuner?

                        It snapped at the tuner, so yeah, sharp kink seems to be the best answer to this witchcraft that befell upon me!

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                        • #13
                          I've done that before, too. Apparently strings don't like it when you change their tension a lot. Or maybe my g string really didn't want to play Nick Drake stuff.


                          I love snapping g strings.

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                          • #14
                            I've broken a lot of strings while loosening the tension. I do a lot of repair/mod work which requires loosening and re-tightening the strings. After you've done that several times, good chance one of the strings will break... It's usually the high e, so I just keep some singles on hand.
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                            • #15
                              I did that once. I snapped the high E string because I started downtuning with the low strings first, which puts more pressure on the high strings. Since then, when I downtune more than two notes, I start with the high strings. Then, when I tune up to E standard again, I start with the low strings.
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