My guitar's high E string has broken eight times just this month. I never overtune or do really high bends. It always breaks around the tuning peg. There was no rust; it was still new. I even tried to use the 10s gauge (I normally use the 9s) and it still snapped.

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Seems like the hole the string goes through has sharp edges. Use a tool which is designed to create chamfers for screws, to smooth the rough edges - (a countersinker). Use 3-4 turns of string around the peg no more, no less.

What I often do as well is make sure the last wrap goes round the penultimate one, so the strain isn't actually through the hole. That will probably do the trick with no physical intervention.

  • Omg thx imma buy some new strings and try it out
    – Malu Bulul
    Mar 30 at 19:04
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    I agree with Tim. If a string breaks consistently at that one place, you have an unusually sharp edge on that tuning peg. If you can get a really good magnifying lens, you will be able to see the sharp bit, and it will inform your sanding and smoothing of that surface when you are ready to do the job. Good luck!! Mar 30 at 22:16
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    Same obviously applies if it always snaps at the bridge - I've had that on cheap stratocaster bridges - again, just smooth down any sharp edges where it passes through the saddle. Apr 1 at 13:20

Also agree with Tim. If you can't find a champher drill bit, if you can see a sharp edge, use a fractional drill bit and by hand use it to remove any sharp edges and deburr. Also are you using a known technique for tying your string to the peg. I've always passed it through the hole, estimated how much slack to leave that will result in Tim's 3 full turns of the string before full tension is achieved. And how you pass that loose end around-under and V loop back so the tension of the string clamps the loose end tight, and provides some strain relief.

  • yeah thx i cant find that kind of drill so ill just do what said thx man
    – Malu Bulul
    Apr 2 at 5:11

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