Take the 2-minute tour ×
Music: Practice & Theory Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for musicians, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Usually, when a string breaks on my guitar/bass, the remaining strings get out tune. Why does that happen?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 8 down vote accepted

Because the tension changed and the neck might bend a little back, causing the remaining strings to get out of tune (I suppose you notice the pitch a bit higher)

share|improve this answer
3  
And if your guitar has a floating bridge the problem is exacerbated as the lowered tension on the bridge means the other strings get raised in pitch, in some cases by quite a large amount –  Dr Mayhem Jan 19 at 18:45

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.