Saturday, 09 February 2013
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Sheldon, I've broken 2 A strings in the last 3 weeks. One broke practicing at home very quietly (my wife was in bed) and its replacement tonight at rehearsal. First time I've broken a bass string in close to 30 years. Back then I played with a fairly heavy right hand but now I'd say its a medium to medium light right hand being used. Now I've got 2 sets of strings missing the "A", one of which hasn't had the rest of the strings even used yet and I'm back to playing my back up Yamaha. Any idea what could be causing this problem? Is it possible to purchase just the "A" string for replacement. I would of course be ordering a couple of full sets as well. Thanks
8 years ago
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I'm sorry to hear that. There are a few causes of string breakage at the saddle that all need to be considered. One is a sharp bend caused by having the saddle raised too high. A second is not having enough stage volume where you end up compensating by playing harder. This would normally happen at a gig or rehearsal but could happen in a quiet setting if the string has been already pushed to the edge. A third can be a mechanical problem like a sharp burr on the saddle surface. This would be impossible with our 2-screw design but could happen on standard bridge saddles. I assume this is a Combustion. Is there a chance that the little black piece the string sits on is in backwards? Properly installed the top slot should angle back toward the ball end. If its reversed the string will be sitting on a very sharp edge and will most surely break. While checking the black piece, look closely for any sharp edges that could be touching the string. We can sell you replacement A strings no problem. Send me an email. Sheldon@ or sales@ If you're in a pinch you can sub in just about any .075" stainless long scale string. It's best to take your bass to the store to confirm that the string will be long enough but there shouldn't be a problem on the A.
8 years ago
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I lost an A recently on my Afterburner5 during Bulls On Parade. Bummer. I'm sure it was a couple of years old. It might have even been a cleaned used one, not sure. It also broke at the saddle. Anyway, I still think Dingwall strings are amazing.
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