I bought an Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE not even a week ago, and already one of my strings broke. That wasn't a terrible surprise as I wanted to replace the strings anyway, but I wasn't happy when my new high E string broke before I finished putting the new strings on. I think the problem could be either (or a combination) of these:
1. The nut isn't very well filed and cuts into the strings
2. I may have an intonation problem. The DR-500MCE has an under-saddle pickup. When I removed all the strings, the pickup pushed the saddle out of the slot. I had no trouble reinserting it, but it would stick out on top of the pickup if it was not pushed down. Further, it's just the tiniest bit loose in the bridge, which leads me to believe that it may have been slightly out of position, causing the strings to break.
Have I accurately assessed the problem? Am I missing something? Am I completely wrong? I'd love some feedback.
Thanks in advance, folks!
I do not think the nut cut into the string but I would suggest that you take it back to where you bought it from if you are having intonation problems. As for the saddle falling out during a complete string change is not uncommon as they should not be in there tightly.
And from what I understand your new High E string broke before you had all of the new ones put on I think I would look at the tuning post or possibly the way you are attaching it to the post.
I have provided a link to Frets.com its a great site for learning more about guitars and how to.
hope this helps you out.ship
Where is the string breaking? Thats usually a good place to start. If it's at the tuning peg...that could very well be your problem. Close to the nut....at the saddle? Thats where I would start. Remember that they are stretched so it won't be right at the sight of the problem in most cases. But it will be close.