Excessive string breakage with Wilkinson brass roller bridge

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Excessive string breakage with Wilkinson brass roller bridge

Postby Bigsbyman on Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:36 am

Recently I purchased a RI Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar, the later RI with the Wilkinson locking roller bridge. Mine came with a third, custom-ordered PU that sounds like a P90. LOVE it. But I broke a D string just before my last gig, and broke other strings in the two weeks prior to that. I RARELY break strings, so this is unususal. I use a 2 mm Tortex pick, and at times I play hard. I only use GHS Nickel Rocker 10's on all my 6-string guitars. I've never broken this many strings on the same guitar on a weekly basis. Getting concerned that the guitar isn't gig-worthy due to string breakage. However, this is supposed to be a good bridge. All of my strings break at the bridge. It's a roller bridge, I'm concerned that it may be impractical to file or smooth the bridge slot. Suggestions??? Please!
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Re: Excessive string breakage with Wilkinson brass roller br

Postby Bigsbyman on Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:57 pm

Update:

I installed two chrome-plated fender washers under each side of the tailpiece. This raised the tailpiece and reduced string angles at the bridge. No more broken strings.

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Re: Excessive string breakage with Wilkinson brass roller br

Postby 57lpjr on Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:53 pm

Good, simple fix!!!
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Re: Excessive string breakage with Wilkinson brass roller br

Postby stratele52 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:07 am

This do not explain why string break ? Defective roller ? Or bridge and stopbar was not at the proper height ? Now they are ?
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