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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 06:53 AM
As many times as I've seen bands live or on concert dvd's,
I have seem countless guitarists break a string, yet, I do
not think I have EVER seen a bass player break one.

Has anyone ever seen that happen?

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 11:47 AM
seen it many times. check out the end of this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fopwDdaPfHE

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 12:14 PM
Pedro Arevalo plays with a thumb pick and I saw him break a D or G string at the DB&GS show in Charlotte back in June of last summer.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 12:31 PM
Twice: Saw Pedro break one at the DBGS show at Tarrytown, NY in March. Oteil broke one a few years ago in NYC when he was playing with Yosi Piamenta.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 01:35 PM
I'm sure there was enhancement in the audience after that ...

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 01:53 PM
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I saw a stripper break a G string once. Didn't effect her performance at all. Maybe it even enhanced it.


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gotta admit i liked the story though, lotta visuals on this goin' thru my head .....joe

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 02:23 PM
The law of averages caught with me one year at the Clifftop festival as two upright bass strings popped within a day or so. It is an unmistakable sound, for sure.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 02:44 PM
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seen it many times. check out the end of this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fopwDdaPfHE


What a great show that was. RIP Hiram, and SRV.

I seem to recall seeing Oteil break a string on his green Modulus back in the day (ARU day, that is). He just switched to his Yamaha 5-string mid-song while the tech changed strings for him.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 03:03 PM
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Pedro Arevalo plays with a thumb pick and I saw him break a D or G string at the DB&GS show in Charlotte back in June of last summer.



I was there too, forgot about that one. First I have ever seen. I have often wondered the same thing.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 05:29 PM
Not bass. I was at Radio City for the Grateful Dead in 1980. Weir pops a string. Weir turns with his back to the crowd and calls for his tech to come over. Problem is the tech had his back to Weir, and was into a real heavy chick-rap with a cutie in back of Weirs amps. Now people in the crowd are laughing. Weir freaks. He grabs a flashlight, and from 4 feet away beans this tech right in the back of the head. I reacted along with a good portion of the crowd. The guy should have been knocked cold. He hit him that hard. I never saw a string replaced so fast. That was bad Weir. Very bad. But funny as hell at the time.
 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 05:35 PM
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Not bass. I was at Radio City for the Grateful Dead in 1980. Weir pops a string. Weir turns with his back to the crowd and calls for his tech to come over. Problem is the tech had his back to Weir, and was into a real heavy chick-rap with a cutie in back of Weirs amps. Now people in the crowd are laughing. Weir freaks. He grabs a flashlight, and from 4 feet away beans this tech right in the back of the head. I reacted along with a good portion of the crowd. The guy should have been knocked cold. He hit him that hard. I never saw a string replaced so fast. That was bad Weir. Very bad. But funny as hell at the time.


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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 05:35 PM
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Pedro Arevalo plays with a thumb pick and I saw him break a D or G string at the DB&GS show in Charlotte back in June of last summer.



I was there too, forgot about that one. First I have ever seen. I have often wondered the same thing.

Saw Pedro break a string a couple weeks ago at the DB&GS show in Pontiac, MI.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 06:43 PM
Pedro in Charlotte....

And a few guys that I used to play with. They didn't break from playing, however because the strings were probably a year old....

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 06:48 PM
Justin Powell of the Fly Brothers popped TWO at a show at 550 Blues in Macon one night. He thumps so hard and bad a$$. By the end of the song, he ripped the rest off his 6 string while thumping and jumping away. They were taking a break and he restrung. For those of you who know Justin, you can just see this in your mind's eye

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 06:56 PM
I've seen this several times and I've done it myself as recently xmas 08 at a real gig when the E string broke down by the bridge. Many years ago I actually and the D string break at my Left hand in the finger position on the fret board. The break was right under my finger.......Just one of those rare wierd things i guess.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 07:20 PM
I have scene probass players break them and I have had a few break myself

certain bridges and strings manufactored in the mid to late nineties
will cause bassstrings to break easier than vintage bridges

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 07:38 PM
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As many times as I've seen bands live or on concert dvd's,
I have seem countless guitarists break a string, yet, I do
not think I have EVER seen a bass player break one.

Has anyone ever seen that happen?




Seen it and been an active participant as well.
I use taperwound strings on all of my basses and finally had to take them all into the shop and have the bridge saddles redone so they would stop eating the cores up ( late 90s aftermarket stuff, as Tarzan pointed out)
That and lightening my touch up a bit when playing solved the problem for me , although I have been known to pull a string completely off of a bass a time or two.
Playing style was a lot more aggressive in my younger days.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 09:44 PM

Sure Have

While in Las Vegas at The SandDollar Blues Club jam night

Terrapintom got up to jam and BAM he sent that thing flying. Ya know, he might have broke 2 that night ? Hey, it was Vegas and along time ago and ya get free drinks when your playin' Video Poker at the bar Maybe he'll respond and can fill in the blanks

 

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  posted on 4/2/2009 at 10:05 PM
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I saw a stripper break a G string once. Didn't effect her performance at all. Maybe it even enhanced it.


 

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  posted on 4/3/2009 at 12:30 PM
bluedud broke his thong once...oh the horror...the visual was beyond belief..

 

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  posted on 4/3/2009 at 01:01 PM
The bass player for the Joe Perry Project, Cleveland Agora, sometime in the 80's.
I was there, but that's all I got!!!!

 
 


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