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strings break a lot on my '84 goldstar

 
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chris barany
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 6:37 pm    Post subject: strings break a lot on my '84 goldstar Reply with quote

hey all,

i just got an absolutely gorgeous seafoam green 1984 goldstar sound. i had it set up by a shop in toronto whom i consider to be the best. they did a good job of setting up the tremolo and action. it plays and sounds amazing.

just one thing: i've broken more strings on this thing in two months than i've broken in literally years on my gibson sg. the strings always break in the same spot: at the bridge, with about and inch and 3/4 remaining on the ball end of the string. so, just where the string curves around on the bridge.

obviously there's got to be something a little un-kosher with the set-up. is there anything i can do without taking the guitar back to the shop? i hate being without this thing.

thanks!
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Paladin2019
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a burr on that saddle. Take a fine file and use it to clean up that area and soften the cutting edge.

Failing that, Graphtech saddles.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think its most likely to be breaking where it exits the Bridge Plate, not on the saddle. Some Bridge Plate holes have a slight counter-sink to them which helps, as otherwise the angle and stress on the string at that point is quite extreme. Check there first, and maybe releive the sharp edge with a fine needle file, or if you are handy, remove the saddles and add a slight counter-sink yourself with a counter-sink drill.
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chris barany
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, i've filed down the saddles as the strings have been breaking, and so far so good; it's been a few weeks now without a break, and i've been hammering the thing.

so thanks for the advice
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use Nut Sauce! Another option is Graph Tech saddles. I installed Graph Tec saddles on my '83 Love Rock, I also apply Nut Sauce with every string change (at the nut and bridge - under string trees too if you have 'em). I rarely if ever break strings on this guitar now and it stays in tune almost perfectly. I bend wildly and sweat like a pig, so I'm definitely a worst case!

Nut Sauce: http://www.guitaristonly.com/
Graph Tech saddles: http://www.guitarelectronics.com/category/4partshardware.6bridgesstoptails.2guitarpiezosaddles/

Nut Sauce seems to be catching on. Many stores carry it now, including guitar center. It really does work! I use it on all of my guitars and the difference is signifcant.
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chris barany
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the input there, ScottA. i've been swayed away from graphite saddles though. i've heard that what you gain in string-breakage problems, you lose in tone, and i'd rather break a string than sacrifice tone.

Nut Sauce looks like a great idea though. thanks!

btw, i just put Rio Grande's in another goldstar sound i own...pics coming soon in another thread.
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