still new at this so bear with me

 

i have an electronic tuner from cb giity.  when i tune strings it seems like i break the bottom struing frequently when tuning  use strings fro gitty tuned to what the set is designed for---what am i doing wrong-  using bolts for nuts and bridges. thanks for the help

 

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Every string has a breaking point and I guess after hundreds of strings I have feel for it but you should try tunning every thing one step down.
I'm guessing here but you may be an octave too high. More info on your tuning and strings you are using would be helpful.
Don
3 string acoustic extra lite from cb gittyusing opn g tunig gbd .022w .014p .010p

Don Thompson said:
I'm guessing here but you may be an octave too high. More info on your tuning and strings you are using would be helpful.
Don
I got one of those too. Neat but it seems that you have to interpret the scale button first
before tuning to standard pitch (A440). This particular tuner allows you to select different
scales as well as a change from the standard concert pitch from A440 ,
to as high as A450 and as low as A439.
This is the "A" or 5th string on a 6 string btw.

For my six strings (EADGBe) I select key C, that works for me.
If you are selecting different scales on what you are tuning (4 string?) the pitch may
be too high and that could possibly cause string breakage.
nothing but 3 strings so far

carverman said:
I got one of those too. Neat but it seems that you have to interpret the scale button first
before tuning to standard pitch (A440). This particular tuner allows you to select different
scales as well as a change from the standard concert pitch from A440 ,
to as high as A450 and as low as A439.
This is the "A" or 5th string on a 6 string btw.

For my six strings (EADGBe) I select key C, that works for me.
If you are selecting different scales on what you are tuning (4 string?) the pitch may
be too high and that could possibly cause string breakage.
I broke a few strings too when I strung up my first. That tinny little 10 string will snap easy. Try pressing down fretting the string as you tune it up and get a feel for the tension, it should not be really stiff, if its getting stiff to press down back off and find your note by loosening instead. If they keep breaking on the same string and the same end (nut of bridge) You may have a sharp edge on the threaded bolts, smooth these up some if this is the case. I'm guessing its not but you never know.
Ok, thanks Mark. I'm going to assume this is unfretted, your using a slide. Open G tuning your high D is one full step below what gauge of string is usually tuned to,the high E on a six string so really you shouldn't have any problems. Using your tuner start tuning that high string first, note, this is reverse from the way it's usually done, low to high. Turn the gears until you hit your target pitch, D. If it feels very loose and floppy then continue for another full octave, D,D#,E,F,F#,G,G#,A,A#,B,C,C# and then the octave higher D. The string tone should be very clear now with no rattling. The G can be tuned now and then the B. As you tune up your other strings you will find you will have to also tune up your High D string again. Here's a tuning tip: The first time as you turn the tuning machine pull the string up a few times making sure it is tight on the tuning machine peg. If you happen to go too far then back the tuner off a half step then tune up again. This will help you stay in tune. Better to come up to pitch than down to pitch. Once you get the feel for the way the tension is on the strings use the low to high method.
Don





mark "Big Quig" quigley said:
3 string acoustic extra lite from cb gittyusing opn g tunig gbd .022w .014p .010p

Don Thompson said:
I'm guessing here but you may be an octave too high. More info on your tuning and strings you are using would be helpful.
Don
Hi, I used to do this when I first started tuning my guitar. The best thing I found was the free AP tuner program from here
http://www.aptuner.com/cgi-bin/aptuner/apmain.html You need a computer with a microphone. When you load it it always asks if you wish to register - click no and you get this

The bar down the right shows exactly where you are at so there is no chance of over tuning. Once you get close you use the pointer to fine tune. You can use the toolbar at the top - Note/Note preset for some other instruments, dropped tuning etc or use Note/Edit note presets to add your own tunings.
Good point on the threaded bolt bridge thing. I know from my six string experience, the notched
saddles on the t-o-m can sometimes cause that as well.



MichaelS said:
I broke a few strings too when I strung up my first. That tinny little 10 string will snap easy. Try pressing down fretting the string as you tune it up and get a feel for the tension, it should not be really stiff, if its getting stiff to press down back off and find your note by loosening instead. If they keep breaking on the same string and the same end (nut of bridge) You may have a sharp edge on the threaded bolts, smooth these up some if this is the case. I'm guessing its not but you never know.

Hi Big Quig.

 

I'm surprised Diane from Chicago hasn't suggested her favorite string gauge calculator. You can use it to verify if the string diameter is adequate for the note you are trying to tune it to. Here is the link. By the way, Diane, thanks for finding and telling us about this useful Internet based tool.

 

I entered some figures for different scale lengths assuming open tuning note is 'd' and got the following results:

 

Scale length: - - 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27  28

String Gauge: - 13 13 12 11 11 11 10 10 9

 

So if your scale length is 26" or better a 10 gauge string should work, but if your scale length is shorter, it will likely break, so try a thicker gauge string (gauge 11 or 12).

 

-Rand.

Rand, That calculator's function is to locate string diameters based on certain parameters, scale length and string tension based on 13.8 lbs not on the likely hood a string will break. A .09 string at d will feel quite different than a .014 in the same scale length. MArk's problems with breakage is elsewhere.
Don
Rand Moore said:

Hi Big Quig.

 

I'm surprised Diane from Chicago hasn't suggested her favorite string gauge calculator. You can use it to verify if the string diameter is adequate for the note you are trying to tune it to. Here is the link. By the way, Diane, thanks for finding and telling us about this useful Internet based tool.

 

I entered some figures for different scale lengths assuming open tuning note is 'd' and got the following results:

 

Scale length: - - 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27  28

String Gauge: - 13 13 12 11 11 11 10 10 9

 

So if your scale length is 26" or better a 10 gauge string should work, but if your scale length is shorter, it will likely break, so try a thicker gauge string (gauge 11 or 12).

 

-Rand.

Okay. I stand corrected. I'm sure you are (Don Thompson is) more knowledgeable about these things than I am. But I have had a similar experience on a Chinese 3-Stringer called a Qin-Qin and I kept breaking the melody string (string 1) until I increased the diameter of the string. If all else fails, Big Quig, try a thicker string.

Don Thompson said:

Rand, That calculator's function is to locate string diameters based on certain parameters, scale length and string tension based on 13.8 lbs not on the likely hood a string will break. A .09 string at d will feel quite different than a .014 in the same scale length. MArk's problems with breakage is elsewhere.
Don
Rand Moore said:

Hi Big Quig.

 

I'm surprised Diane from Chicago hasn't suggested her favorite string gauge calculator. You can use it to verify if the string diameter is adequate for the note you are trying to tune it to. Here is the link. By the way, Diane, thanks for finding and telling us about this useful Internet based tool.

 

I entered some figures for different scale lengths assuming open tuning note is 'd' and got the following results:

 

Scale length: - - 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27  28

String Gauge: - 13 13 12 11 11 11 10 10 9

 

So if your scale length is 26" or better a 10 gauge string should work, but if your scale length is shorter, it will likely break, so try a thicker gauge string (gauge 11 or 12).

 

-Rand.

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