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    Les Paul Forum Member SlyStrat's Avatar
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    D'Addario ball end breaking off!! Need new string company.

    The high E ball keeps separating from the string.
    Its happened 6 times in 2 months.
    They are XL 9's from various build dates.
    I use a lot of bends but this sucks.
    It usually starts by going out of tune after a bend. I retune then it goes out again.
    Eventually the ball comes unwrapped or it breaks there.
    I need a new string company.



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    Re: D'Addario ball end breaking off!! Need new string company.

    GHS

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    Les Paul Forum Member J T's Avatar
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    Re: D'Addario ball end breaking off!! Need new string company.

    Pyramid

    get em from Toneman
    The farther you go, the closer you are.

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    Re: D'Addario ball end breaking off!! Need new string company.

    D'Addario are fine strings.

    I'd say there is something else at play. Possibly the shape of the hole in your tailpiece has a sharp edge or something. I'd check that first.

    Of course if your new brand doesn't break, then you'll know.

    I've stayed with D'Addario for over 35 years because IME, they break the least.

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    Re: D'Addario ball end breaking off!! Need new string company.

    Never any problems with D'Addario , I also use Pyramid .
    He was a sonic disaster, thinking hours of practice would make up for stock pickups, poorly carved top and The wrong glue !

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    Re: D'Addario ball end breaking off!! Need new string company.

    Easy fix, take one of the broken ball ends and thread it through so it pushes new ball end out further away from tailpiece. Is it just one string that keeps breaking. Something may be sharp in tailpiece hole .
    Top carves are sexy

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    Les Paul Forum Member Progear's Avatar
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    Re: D'Addario ball end breaking off!! Need new string company.

    I apply a little solder to the twisted part of the string, next to the ball. No more broken strings there..
    Music for me.

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    Re: D'Addario ball end breaking off!! Need new string company.

    Never had a problem with D'addarios except one of my Teles kept breaking the D-string. Used fine sandpaper to sand down a little bit in the saddle slot. Never had a problem since. Have used them for at least 25 years.

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    Re: D'Addario ball end breaking off!! Need new string company.

    I used EB Slinkys for years with very few problems.

    Then I tried Gibson Vintage Reissue Pure Nickels and I was a goner.

    ^^^If you aren't liking the D'Add's anymore, I would recommend either.

    I have been using D'Addario Pure Nickels, also, since going Pure Nickel. They are great.

    I tried EB Slinky Pure Nickel and I did not like them. I tore through the wound strings way too fast.

    The Gibson and D'Add Pure Nickels last a good long time. I use them until the wound strings are worn through.

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    Re: D'Addario ball end breaking off!! Need new string company.

    Are you top wrapping??
    The idea of putting a ball end over the string before you put it threw the stop bar is a trick for top wrapping to keep the sharp part off your palm.
    If there is a bur in the bar it might be your problem but usually the bar is aluminium or zink but some are steel, A stroke from a round file might be the answer or roll a piece fine sandpaper up & stroke it threw the hole a few times..
    Good Luck & let us know how it goes for you..
    BTW I have used the D'Addario for decades without any problem ever, I just bought a box of Musicians Gear for both acoustic & electrics from either Musicians Friend or Sweetwater?? Have to weigh in on them after a few guitars get strung up with them & run for a while.
    ROCK ON!!

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    Re: D'Addario ball end breaking off!! Need new string company.

    What others have said,

    I top wrap, and don't on many guitars. I use primarily D'Addario's and never had a problem. I am now shifting to "old winds" on some guitars but the D'Addarios are still my base. You have to have a tailpiece problem. Try to "countersink" the edges of the inner hole with a larger bit or better yet a dremel with a very fine conical grinder. Just use a very light touch and inspect for burrs. That edge has to be the problem. If it is sharp it will do it. Relaxing it is the cure.


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