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(@redpoint)
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So, I'm working on Bending the Blues. I've almost got it - I can bend with my pinky, although I use all four fingers on the pinky. Anyhow, I broke the high E string. I'm using 9s. Should I go to 10s, or am I just doing something wrong with my bend (i.e. try bending with 3 or 2 fingers instead of 4?)

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(@musenfreund)
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9s are fine. You probably just needed to change strings. The high E is one of the strings most susceptible to corrosion and breaking over time. Myself, I try to use two fingers for a full bend.

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(@redpoint)
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Well, I actually had just changed strings this week, but maybe the strings themselves were old. I did buy them a few months ago.


   
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(@doc-gliss)
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Another possibility could be that the bridge saddle for that string has a tiny burr in it that cuts into the string. (Assuming the string broke at the bridge.) If the new string doesn't last very long, you might want to take the guitar into a shop and have them look at it. Or, if you want to try it yourself, you can use a very small three-sided file and take maybe three or four gentle swipes through the V of the saddle were the string sits.

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(@slejhamer)
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Where did it break? If it snapped right at the bridge or nut, there may be a burr which needs to be filed down.

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(@redpoint)
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No, it happened to break right where I was bending it. I guess I should be more careful with bends! It's just annoying because I ran out of spare electric guitar strings...


   
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(@mrjonesey)
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Is there a burr or sharp edge on the fret?

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lol

Did you bend it too far maybe? It's really uncommon to bend a string so far that it breaks, unless you have really strong fingers.

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(@mrjonesey)
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lol

Did you bend it too far maybe? It's really uncommon to bend a string so far that it breaks, unless you have really strong fingers.

lol, I always cringe when I bend 1 1/2 to 2 steps.

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(@redpoint)
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No, I only bent it a full step. There doesn't seem to be any burrs or sharp edges on the fret.


   
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(@alangreen)
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Rotosound strings come with a free spare 1st string. It's a nice touch and it means you build up a small collection of spares over time

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A :-)

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