Snake Oil Strings-Any breakage problems?

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  1. tclardy

    tclardy Member

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    I have been using snake oil strings for about a year and love them. Dean's service is great and the stings sound and feel great. The problem I am running into is it seems I am starting to have string breakage probblems on a regular basis.

    My problems are not on any single guitar or string, although I am breaking E strings pretty often. I broke a D on my Heritage, B on My Asat, High E on my two groshes, all in the last two weeks. It is also not always at the bridge, two of these broke at the headstock, on the post.

    I bend about average I suppose, Maybe I am hitting them two hard when singing?

    These strings are expensive and I just wanted to get feedback to see if it is me or are these strings prone to more breakage.

    Thanks,
    Tim
     
  2. Chuck Snider

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    I break them too.. I can be heavy handed at times and I have a vibrato style which saws them down at the frets... there are a lot of guys that have them lasting months and months maybe they are tuned down or have a lighter touch?.. I think it's idividual style that determins how long they last.. All in All , I do think they may slightly outlast the more popular brands... i use SOS AND Pyramids only.. great strings....
    If you want to play, you have to pay.....

    I should add that I really only play one guitar(strat) so all my playing time is on the same set of strings and not divided amongst multiple guitars
     
  3. Laroosco!

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    If you beat the **** out of your strings witth your right hand you are going to break strings..no matter who makes them.
    I adjusted my right hand technique a few years ago and can count on one hand the number of strings I've broken since.
     
  4. BFC

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    I honestly cannot remember the last time I broke a string. Gigs, jams, rehearsals, recording, home... been many, many years since one snapped on me. I think I had an Ernie Ball break on me once when I was putting a fresh set on years ago, defective probably. Never a problem with the Snake Oils.
     
  5. justicetones

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    Well put. I have been working on adjusting my touch. I have only broken two SOS strings total between 8 guitars that are strung up with them. I have been using them for probably six months and I think I am on my second set on 5 of my most used guitars. I play alot for recording so they see alot of use.

    Dean and his strings are the shizzit.
    :BEER
     
  6. trinitysun

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    yea, i had that one break when I cut it accidentally.....

    oh and then one broke when i tried to change pickups without changing strings....

    then there was that incident with the lawnmower....
     
  7. justicetones

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    Don't tell me you were trying to recycle string into your weed wacker again:(

    LOL.
     
  8. Macaroni

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    I've had problems with strings breaking too - mostly the high E & B, but occasionally a G. That was on a Fender Strat 57 RI with a brand new Callaham bridge, and also on my brand new Gibson Les Paul Supreme.

    So I bought a few Thomastik-Infield E, B & G strings to see how long they would last comparatively, and so far, they're lasting longer. I'm not unusually heavy handed either, but I do play strong with my right hand, but in a finessing sort of way. ;)
     
  9. kev

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    I have also broken a few Snake Oils, mostly the high E and IIRC, of the plain strings that have broken, all have done so in the loop that holds the ball. They all have broken after months of use though, so I find it difficult to fault the strings. I bought the first sets not only to try them, but also to push them to the limits when subjected to my normal playing habits. Sort of like driving a car until it runs out of gas, just to see how much mileage you can push out of a tank. Now I know that several months is my personal time to change out the sets if I don't want to force more bad stories out of lead singers. :)

    To fairly report this though, as it might be coming across as a negative towards Dean and his strings: I have been using ON sets gauged .011~.048 on a Strat (trem) and 335 (trap) for over a year and a half, typically I am getting close to 5 months use out of sets on both guitars, multiple alt tuning, but mostly A440. The main reason I change them is due to a string break, which, to me, after five months of use, superior tone and performance compared to the old string brand I used, is a bargain and a half. My old sets (D'Addarios) would sound dead as nails after just a few days. I'd either deal with it or change 'em out.

    I am sticking with Dean and SOS, not saying you wouldn't. Here's another reason why: when I contacted Dean the first time I broke a string (because at the time I thought he wanted broken strings for research purchases) he offered to replace it for free. I declined because that was not why I contacted him and that wouldn't have been fair to him in my book.

    Kev
     
  10. GuitarNorton

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    No problems here! Absolutely love em! Last forever and hold there tone the whole time.
     
  11. GzsMuzik

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    I love 'em, and I plan to continue to use them, but they are breaking more on me than the Boomer I used to use ever did. I admit to being heavy handed, but that hasn't changed and I didn't used to break Boomers. I have broken probably 5 of them since I started with SO's about a year ago- all types, always at the ball end.

    Still love them, tho.....
     
  12. T-bone

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    No breaks for me.
     
  13. tclardy

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    I wonder if pick hardness has anything to do with it. I play with hard picks and wonder if that beats the strings up more? I used ot play with mediums. I love the sound and feel of the strings though.
     
  14. Den

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    Exactly the same for me. I currently have eight different guitars I play and never break a string on any of them. Unless there's problems with bridge saddles or something like that, it's got to boil down to playing style.
     
  15. erksin

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    I haven't broke one (I almost NEVER break strings), but I had a wound E string go very dead on me after about a month (sounded like a flatwound - and this was from the brighter 'Rock' set)...
     
  16. r9player

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    Don't the SOS strings have a higher tension when strung up? I believed that to be one key factor to the better sound they have. and maybe that also causes easier breakage?
     
  17. talpa

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    Man I absoutely love my SOS strings and was an early Scalar devotee in Dallas thru Charley's posse years ago. This SOS' have that Scalar thing going no other string has - but...

    Damn I am breaking strings left and right, mostly high but some low strings too. I have not changed my pick attack ( would you ask any artist to ?), which to be honest is semi-heavy handed in the SRV style at times - not all the time. I just wish I could figure out the deal...

    I will continue to use these anyway, they are worth it for the tone I get. I love that nickel low-mid punch, and Snakes have the juice. I am hoping I got a bad run or something, although I do use custom gauges Dean whipped up for me, based on the EJ set which fit me perfectly. Its a texan thing I guess.

    I recommend them highly for the tone, but wtf ? :YinYang
     
  18. bluesmain

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    It's all in the right hand ;)
     
  19. bobbymack

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    I really like the strings too, and all my guitars are strung with them. I did have some breaks early on, noticeably more than usual, which is very few.

    Mostly high E's and a B, and contacted Dean about it. He sent me some replacements, and the situation has mellowed over the past few months...my bet is there was some batch problems, I'd bought mine a bit over a year ago...
     
  20. tedm

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    The old ones lasted forever. Don't know about the new batches.
     

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