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Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby Wonks » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:25 am

I've now had another D'Addario top E string (0.010") come unravelled at the ball end so that it's impossible to tune, and shortly after fitting as well. It may be from a faulty batch but I've had two others do it fairly recently, which is a PITA as it means breaking into a new pack of strings.

So, just wondering if others had experienced similar?
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby blinddrew » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:53 am

Not here, but I must confess it has been, ahem, a while now since I changed any strings on any of my guitars. :oops:
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby Alba » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:29 am

I used to use D'Addario but had this problem so just went off them, don't like them very much. I switched to Rotosounds, never had any problem (and they give you a spare top E on their electric sets ;) )

Martins or Rotosounds on the acoustics and never had a problem with them either.

I'd recommend Roto Yellows for you, or grow a pair and use Roto Reds

Had you considered sending them back to the manufacturer?

Anyway, I'd send them back, tell them your credentials and about your wabbit friends and they might give you some freebies...

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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby Hewesy » Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:19 pm

Oddly it's Rotosound I have this issue with but not D'Addario. Especially their 12 string electric sets with all 3 top E strings unravelling.

I'm sure they'll come good if you drop them a line.

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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby Wonks » Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:40 pm

Well I've just used the last of a pack of 10 to replace the set with the naughty top E string, and that's OK (though I have this time wound the tailpiece right down and reverse-fed the strings so that they wrap over the top of the tailpiece, which with the sharp bend in the string, will add a bit more resistance to any unravelling tendency). My new pack of ten 10s has just arrived, so I'll go through those first and see how they behave.
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby Hewesy » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:14 am

Fingers crossed mate.

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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby Wonks » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:27 am

There is always the option of soldering the twisted bit of the strings, but unless your iron is always out on a bench, it's a lot of effort to dig it out and set it up to help prevent something that shouldn't happen in the first place.
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby SecretSam » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:39 pm

blinddrew wrote:Not here, but I must confess it has been, ahem, a while now since I changed any strings on any of my guitars. :oops:


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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:06 pm

I recently changed strings on a seldom used guitar because I saw there was a set of strings in the case. I rarely change strings too. I shoulda counted the opened package because you know it was missing the E string. I'm not going to the music store just to buy an E. :(
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby blinddrew » Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:25 pm

Get onto ebay and buy a batch of E's.
I have only recently discovered this option exists but it's fantastic. We have one song in our repetoire that requires* me simply bashing the strings** at the bridge with my open hand. I think there must be a tiny rough surface there though because I keep breaking top E's.

* I say requires, it's my fault for writing the song that way really.
** Though this is about the level of my guitar playing in general.
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby Wonks » Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:47 pm

Re,write the song in open D. You may still break the top string, but it won't be an E. HTH.
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby blinddrew » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:21 pm

Yeah, but minor chords in open D are a PITA. ;)
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby Wonks » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:58 am

Just play happy choons then! :D
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby Wonks » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:59 am

Just ordered a whole load of single top Es. Which will invariably mean that a top E unwinding will never happen to me again.
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby MartinJG » Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:20 pm

I use Ernie Balls for elec. Just don't like D'Ads for elec. Just find them to be a bit jangly. OK on accoustic. I digress. Where was I? Oh yes, I recently had a flirtation with flats. In my experience, I would not recommend 'fiddling' around too much with Thomastik flats
(11-47 Jazz Swing to be precise). Bottom E gave up on me after a day or so and broke at the tuning post after after a bit of fine tuning. Seems like simple fatigue. And they were new. Thomann replaced the set (bless their little cotton socks) but I am all shook up after that. To be fair, I did have to adjust the neck slightly for tension (and intonation oddly enough unless that was a coincidence) but I feel this is all in a day's work, surely. Anyhow, back to roundwounds on the six string but would not use anything but flats for bass which is what inspired me in the first place.
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby blinddrew » Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:53 pm

On my acoustics I favour the d'addario flat-tops. They're round wounds machined semi-flat. My technique is pretty ropey so it helps me deal with excessive fret squeak.
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby Hewesy » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:25 am

Oddly enough that's why I have flats on my bass - the D'Addario flats which are also wrapped with nylon tape so you don't get any string noise.

Yes my technical is dreadful but as someone (who perhaps appeared!) more knowledgeable pointed out, as a guitar player my calluses are in the wrong place so this helps minimise noise.

That's the theory anyway...

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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby Studio Support Gnome » Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:06 pm

Thomastik :D never once happened to me using them in over 20 years
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Re: Anybody else with D'Addario top E string (electric) issues?

Postby MartinJG » Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:27 pm

It's odd. Never heard of it happening to anyone and they are well regarded strings. Flats are of course much stiffer than rounds so I put it down to fatigue round the post but on a new set of strings? What is more, I cannot recall ever breaking a string while tuning let alone a new one. Only ever had the odd top E go and they were budget strings on an acoustic where they just gave up. Anyhow, enjoy the clean sound but prefer the feel, flex and fretability of rounds on a six string.
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