Kenbobpdx wrote:Same here. I have never once broken a classical guitar string in 30 years of playing. I do change strings frequently but I have gone periods of time when I didn't. I broke strings on my old Les Paul occasionally but I used Super Slinkys and I have broken steel strings on some cheap guitars but never on my Guild D50.
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Actually, I've very seldom broken a string in 40 odd years of playing. Even on my lutes, where the chances of breaking a string seems to go upwards exponentially, I cannot remember the last time one broke.
If your instrument is set up well with no sharp spots on the nut, saddle or frets then this lessens breakage. Also the way you play is a factor. If you tend to slide the string across the fret or use excessive pressure then this creates a wear spot which can lead to a break. But if you press the string straight onto the fret and release it directly off then this tends to lessen the the chance of creating a wear spot.
I also noticed during the years that I taught, that the more advanced players tend to break strings less. I think it might have something to do with what I noted above and that they generally play more evenly throughout the range of the guitar rather than in one or two position; thus more even wear to the strings.
Strings occassionally break in the case when guitars aren't played much...it seems odd that this would happen but maybe it's material fatigue...Or maybe it's those fellows that exist a few seconds before us in the time continum (so we never see them) and do things like, hide our car keys only to put them back where we left them, after we have searched long enough to entertain sufficently...sick individuals those fellows!
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