Breaker Breaker 1-9...This is the "String Breaker"

Built my first CBG but as I tune .044 G string breaks as does .034 D. I made sure I set bridge to nut length to 25 inch with an adjustable bridge

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Comment by Andries D. EKER on January 3, 2019 at 7:22pm

The edge in the hole off the tuner, may bee sharp, if it snaps at the tuner? smooth it out whit a small file, sharp angles of the string are not that favorable because of the tension that is needed to get in tune, check if your tuner is on the right setting! hope this helps Greeeeeeeetings ! A.D.

Comment by gary herget on December 24, 2018 at 9:54am

Larry, I use the 44 34 and 24 on my reso guits. I think you are just tunning too high an octive. I have never broken a string on a reso. I don't know about G2 D3 or any of that, I just tune till strings are no loner sloppy and seems to work fine.

Comment by Larry Ratliff on December 23, 2018 at 7:06pm

Yes, tuned to G2-D3-G3..sounds freaking awesome! Thanks everyone.

Comment by Taffy Evans on December 23, 2018 at 6:36pm

Hope you got it sorted. I was going to mention that it can be a trap, and it's caught me out at times,  is that often one can go by the feel of the tension of the strings and think their in the correct octave. But lighter gauges combined with a short scale length can give the string a lighter feel so we can be  fooled into tuning the string too high.

Taff

Comment by Korrigan on December 23, 2018 at 12:33pm

No problem Larry. Even at G2-D3-G3 those gauges would be a little too tight for my tastes but I don't play slide and like looser strings for string bending.

Here are a couple of great tools...

To chose the proper gauge string to use based on your desired tuning:
https://wahiduddin.net/calc/calc_guitar_string.htm

To determine how much tension you have on a string based on it's gauge:
https://wahiduddin.net/calc/calc_guitar_tension_from_size.htm

Comment by Larry Ratliff on December 23, 2018 at 10:58am

Thanks for the info, this helps me very much, because I've gone thru two set of strings so far.

Comment by Korrigan on December 23, 2018 at 9:16am

You are trying to tune an octave too high for those string gauges. Try tuning G2-D3-G3.

A .044 tuned g3 would be 110lbs, a .034 to D4 would be 150lbs... so it's a good thing they are breaking before your neck folds.  : )

Comment by Larry Ratliff on December 23, 2018 at 8:28am
Copy all, I just got nut files in yesterday ( each file .002 smaller than actual string wire size, worked a piece of cut wire string in each nut slot to achieve correct width) So Ive cut each slot to .070 above the fret board
Comment by Larry Ratliff on December 23, 2018 at 7:49am
Another thing, I'm using a tuner app and each string the pitch/ tone shows I should be at G3-D4 and G4 but strings break at about Just about E3- B2 and never tuned the last one since the other two break. I know G is a G but do I really need to be at that octave on each string?
Comment by Larry Ratliff on December 23, 2018 at 1:30am
How do I send you a pic? I have a bone nut.

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