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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-31-07 12:29 PM
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Guitarists - can I can change just one string, or should I do them all if I do any?
My high e string broke, and I wonder if I can just replace it, or if I should replace all of them.

On the violin, I would just replace one string, but violin strings last for a long, long time; far longer than guitar strings seem to last (and not just in terms of breaking, but in terms of sound quality - violin strings hold their quality for ages).

What thinketh thee?

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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-31-07 12:30 PM
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1. Just one string.
That's what I would do.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-31-07 12:30 PM
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2. Let me add, this is for an electric solid body guitar
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-31-07 12:32 PM
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4. Une.
Keep the rest of the Ernie Balls as backup.
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NoodleBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-31-07 12:31 PM
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3. you can replace whichever ones you want, you don't have to get them all
You might consider getting string cleaner too, that sometimes prolongs their life.

Bass guitar strings are the best though-- they're so durable, when they start to lose their sound, you just take them off the neck, boil them (seriously, on your stove, it rocks) and they're like brand new.
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XNASA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-31-07 12:32 PM
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5. You can replace just the high E string, if you need to.
It's OK.
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-31-07 12:35 PM
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6. You can replace just the one.. however...
it will have a noticably brighter tone than the rest of them..
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Ahpook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-31-07 12:44 PM
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7. Is this guitar equipped with...
a Floyd Rose tremolo? If i break a string on mine i just replace them all. Floyd Rose are great but can be a bit fussy.

On the other hand, if i break one on a hardtail (fixed bridge) i normally just replace it as long as the others are still in good shape ;)
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-31-07 01:37 PM
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8. No tremolo arm, sadly. THANKS EVERYONE!!
Good to know I just replace the offending string.
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