Stop Strat String Breakage with Insulation

 By  G. Anthony Harvey

A piece of insulation removed from a wire and slipped over the high E string helps prevent premature breakage from tremolo use on my ’92 American Standard Strat. The insulation should contact the ball end of the string and be long enough to pass through the hole in the top of the tremolo base (a point of friction), but not long enough to contact the saddle. I’ve even used a plastic WD-40 straw with similar results. This trick has allowed me to use a plain .007 on the top and tune it up to A(!) when using my custom tritone tuning (which is another secret–for now, at least).

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