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    Default Breaking strings.

    People often mention strings breaking. I've been playing ukulele for five years, and I play my ukulele every day with few exceptions. I've never broken a string. What am I doing wrong? How do you break strings?
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    The last string that broke did so while my ukulele was hanging on the wall, while I was looking at it and admiring it from across the room. The A string just went ping and broke clean in half for no particular reason. Sometimes it's not playing it that does it.
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    I've been playing ukes for about twenty-five years and have only ever had one string breakage. I don't know what caused that one, but it seems to me that such events are rare indeed.

    John Colter.

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    The only time I broke a string was as a beginner installing new strings and tightened one too much. In the 6 years I've been playing and the 19 ukes I've owned, I've never otherwise broken a string.


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    I've broken a string just once. I had tuned that particular uke (a soprano) up and down between GCEA and ADF#B a few times trying to decide which I preferred. I tuned it up to ADF#B once too often and the A string broke. The strings had been on a while too so I just changed them. That particular uke I eventually re homed.

    Now I keep one soprano permanently in ADF#B. The others are all in GCEA though there's only one of those I play at all regularly, the Flea. The other two I have are just cheapie beaters.
    Geoff Walker

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    I've had strings break on the pin hole and saddle a few times. A bit of smoothing with a Swiss file and sandpaper fixed it. In my uku classes I sometimes see broken wound G strings. Usually they were many years old and the frets had cut through the metal leaving bare nylon thread.

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    I've had a few break. Most of them were manufacturing problems that caused the strings to shred. A couple of these were Southcoasts, which Dirk promptly replaced and then some.

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    I only once had an ukulele string break.
    My fluke fell over.

    I had a few wound guitar strings break though.
    3 tenors ukuleles and 4 concert ukuleles, wonder it that is enough.

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    The only time I broke a string was several years ago, and it wasn't my uke (naturally I was horrified). It was the E on my friend's baritone, which was probably in need of a string change anyway, and my somewhat rough strumming didn't help (beginner problems). I've never broken a string on my concert even though they're quite old and are showing slight visible wear now.

    Some people have cited damaged/sharp frets or rough edges on the nut or bridge as possible causes for frequent string breaks. Guess I've just been lucky. Knock on wood...

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    This has been really interesting to think about. Like everybody else who posted, my string-breaking experience is so limited as to be almost "never." The only time I ever broke a string while playing, was on guitar, in 1975 or '76 (I remember when it happened). The only time I broke a string while restringing an instrument, was a few years ago when I was putting new strings on a tenor guitar tuned CGDA. I was using a guitar E string, and had to tune it up to A. Broke the first one, but the second one worked.

    I've never broken a string on ukulele, banjo or bass.
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned F-Bb-D-G w/Worth Browns)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned D-G-B-E w/Martin 22 Baritone strings)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (tuned A-D-F#-B w/Savarez classical guitar strings)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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