Mudcat Café message #1099190 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #66288   Message #1099190
Posted By: C-flat
22-Jan-04 - 07:32 PM
Thread Name: Pre-stretching guitar strings
Subject: RE: Pre-stretching guitar strings
"Does anybody have a good sorta-scientific explanation for why a string sometimes breaks when its pitch is being lowered? I had a high E pop the other day while I was lowering it down to D for an alternate tuning. It's illogical, counterintuitive, and don't make no sense, but it happens all the time.


It could be caused by a rough edge, either at the nut or bridge, which catches the string as it moves through the slot, particularly an older string. It wouldn't matter wether you are tuning up or down in that case.