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    Default What do you do when one string breaks or is damaged?

    What do you do when one string breaks or is damaged? Do you replace just that one string or do you replace all four such that they will all be equally 'played in'?
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    I think it depends on how old the string set is and how the string broke.

    One of my banjolele’s strings broke at the tailpiece, so I put it back on and tightened it back up, and it broke again. Then, since the strings were old, I changed them all.

    I don’t like to change strings, so put it off as long as possible.
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    ... when a string breaks on a uke, just buy another uke.
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    Just replace the one that broke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    I think it depends on how old the string set is and how the string broke.

    One of my banjolele’s strings broke at the tailpiece, so I put it back on and tightened it back up, and it broke again. Then, since the strings were old, I changed them all.

    I don’t like to change strings, so put it off as long as possible.
    you might check for burrs or sharp edges on your tailpiece. A bit of sanding with a tightly rolled up tube of 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper will take care of most.
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    Replace the whole set, it's like $5-$10...then you have all new, matched strings.
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    replace them all, you'll be surprised how much better the uke sounds with fresh strings
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    Replace the whole set, it's like $5-$10...then you have all new, matched strings.
    I'm in agreement, although in five years of playing my ukulele every day I've never broken a string, so I can't speak from experience. But if I did I would change out the whole set. What do you do with the other three strings if you don't? I can guarantee you that if I took one string out of a set, I wouldn't be able to find the other three a week later. But if they are new strings and you break one, I guess that would be a different story. Why am I even answering this question? I've never broken a string to replace it and this is the first time I've ever thought about what I would do if I did. What do I know? Don't listen to me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    you might check for burrs or sharp edges on your tailpiece. A bit of sanding with a tightly rolled up tube of 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper will take care of most.
    Nah, the strings were really old. It was the tight first string that popped. I don’t play this banjolele very much any more. It was the the first “banjo type instrument” that I bought. Mostly it just sits around to look at.

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    I replace them all and sometimes go to a different manufacturer. However I am sort of stuck now on Living Waters or Worth browns.
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