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    Posted: Jul 14 2010 at 6:24pm
  I've been playing bass for about 18 years and here recently in the past month I have broken 2 E strings on my 5 string. First set was about 4 months old and the second set was about a month old. I checked the saddle for burs or anything that could break it and found nothing. It's not the winding breaking either, it's the cores on both. The first set I can kinda understand, but the second set I don't.
Any thoughts on what could be causing this?
Oh the first set of strings were DRs and the second set was Darco and I play on an old 97 Washburn 5 string
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 15 2010 at 2:14am
  Are the strings breaking in the same area? Are you using standard 440 tuning?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 15 2010 at 5:07am
  If you're breaking bass strings and not playing with a hack saw, i'd say there's something up and that problem is getting expensive fast!   sometimes it helps to have someone else have a look.  Somebody who looks at and repairs many guitars sometimes sees a problem that we miss.  You might take it over to Tim at Musicians Den.  He might see something you're missing.  He's found things that I know I should have seen on my guitars, but somehow I had missed.  Sort of a forest an trees kind of perspective thing some times.  

Good luck and let us know what you figure out.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 15 2010 at 6:18am
  I agree. I'm not a bassist but I had a similar problem on my Gretsch. I put a new wraparound bridge on and broke a D string again. Recently I have changed my strumming attack. I think it was me, not my guitar but in your case probably what gtrdave said. Bass strings are pretty worthy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 15 2010 at 12:25pm
  We play 440 half step down. And yes. They are breaking at the saddle. I'll take it in to get it looked at. They're where I bought my strings from anyway.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 19 2010 at 3:28pm
  Do you play heavy with a pick?  Not that it would cause it - but may mean you gotta pay more attention to the bridge.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 22 2010 at 3:17pm
  I took it to Musicians Den and had Tim and Aaron look at it. it was a tiny bur on the saddle causing it. I didn't see it at first. but they showed me where it was. They took care of it and a permanent fix is coming soon with string savers
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 23 2010 at 12:51pm

I have string savers on every guitar.

A great amp can make a cheap guitar sound good. A cheap amp can make a great guitar sound terrible.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 23 2010 at 2:17pm
  Don't those rob your tone as well?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 26 2010 at 6:06am

I don't think so.

And Lindy Fralin recommends them.

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