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When it doesn't fit anywhere else
 #18570  by bodiddley
 Tue Jun 19, 2007 11:06 am
Does any one else here do a lot of bending on the acoustic have problems with the strings breaking moreso than eletric?, esp. on the high E string? Damn I'm getting sick of changing those things.

 #18574  by 35FLA
 Tue Jun 19, 2007 11:50 am
that string can be the devil

 #18580  by BlobWeird
 Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:24 pm
I never have a problem with it on acoustic. Electric is a different story. But lately I never have a problem. Started usin Fat Bottom Skinny Tops by Ernie Ball. Great strings I think. I never break em :)

 #18581  by mutant_dan
 Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:33 pm
If the string is breaking at the nut, the slots might not be wide enough for the gauge string you are using.

 #18584  by bodiddley
 Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:48 pm
Is that the official name of those Ernie Balls? What's the size thickness on the high E?

 #18585  by LazyLightnin
 Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:39 pm
theres 7's and theres 9's. i usually prefer the 7's. make sure your gettin the tension out while your tuning up. keep stretchin those strings gently until they wont fall out of tune within a few strums.

 #18586  by bodiddley
 Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:18 pm
Ya, I know...thanks. I should have worded that better. I meant what thickness does he use/prefer?

 #18602  by BlobWeird
 Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:38 pm
I dont know what your talkin about but ive only ever seen one size for the skinny/fats


Those are the sizes. No 9 or 7

 #18683  by Django
 Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:38 am
I find I break acoustic strings mainly by pounding on them with the palm of my hand. I like palm muting and I guess I just get carried away and my palm is right above the edge of the saddle....

 #18726  by grateful4booze
 Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:46 am
I use mediums and don't do too much bending, so I don't have that problem.