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Thread: If a string snaps

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    Default If a string snaps

    Hi all, if a string snaps due to excessive tightening, should I use a string up or down in diameter? I know this is probably an oversimplification, but I am trying out the fishing line approach on a beater uke. There is not any jagged edges for it to catch on, it appears to be just related to the tension.

    Thanks!
    Ben

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    Was it a fluoro or nylon 'string' (er, fishing line) that snapped?
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    If you’re using strings meant for your uke size, in the tuning recommended for those strings, then you just have a defective string. It happens.

    Don’t overtighten excessively.
    -Hodge
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    If the string has a smaller diameter (actually weight, which can be changed by either changing diameter or density, but close enough), then it will require less tension to tune it to the same note.

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    Go with a smaller line.

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    Thanks! Jer, I went with the smaller string and it went perfectly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piecomics View Post
    Thanks! Jer, I went with the smaller string and it went perfectly!
    Glad to hear.

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