segobreawill wrote: ↑
Fri May 18, 2018 12:40 pm
Nope, I've never had the 6th string snap on me. Plenty of 4th string snaps though. I even had a set of Hannabach 815 HT where the 4th snapped on me and then the 5th too! I haven't bought a set of 815's since.
I too notice those string winding separations over the saddle and tie block of my guitar. Sometimes they occur immediately while I'm putting on new strings as they begin to stretch as I'm tuning them up. I can't say if there's a problem with your saddle but imho I really don't think that's the case given the calibre of the model you have there. I don't believe that even the slightest detail wasn't looked at before it was shipped out from the Yamaha shop in Japan.
As the string is being tuned, the point of contact over the saddle can cause the string to "catch" at certain times, and then maybe slip over the saddle at other times - this may be a cause for the string winding separations over the saddle. As for the separation around the tie block, well it's the same scenario imho but with the loop of the string causing a "noose-like" grip over the part of the string that passes through it and goes over the saddle. I don't know if such separations in the windings (which admittedly nag the hell out of most guitarists) can be totally avoided?
Then of course, there is the string itself: 1) How was the winding process done, as some windings on some strings are more slanted than others? 2) What type of alloys were used - more/less copper content, more/less silver content - and so on? 3) What is the 'tension' built into the string during the manufacturing process? Perhaps my wording here is somewhat inaccurate but what I mean is that I notice that for example on some sets, the 4th string is very loose and takes many turns to tighten, while some 4th strings are very tight and I almost fear that if I turn the tuner too much the string will snap right there! This too, can have an impact on the level of "resistance-to-separation" between the string windings - again, IMHO.
But, how about this for a cause: What about the strings' age? How old are the strings when we purchase them? Can that be a factor too?
Thanks for the thoughts.
I will check for winding separations when I restring and see if my method of providing a slight lift in front of the saddle during the "tuning up" reduces the winding separation. As well, with the string ties there is no loop and the contact tension is taken by the tie block hole.
Right, the break angle and the position of the loop will also have an effect. I have sometimes gently pushed the loop lower to decrease the angle of the string entering the hole.
"To these aging strings boy, those angles look too sharp..."...