So I guess its common to frequently break brand new G,D and A strings. I've read others who have this problem and I've noticed that Savarez and other makers are now offering packs of single guages for these strings. I never had this problem with my flat-tops or resonator guitars.
I'm lucky to get an hour of practice in before I break one of these strings. I realize that my technique (fairly aggressive and clumsy when learning new stuff) and string slots on the bridge may contribute to frequent breakage. These strings almost always break at the bridge. I recently shimmed the bridge on my Gitane D500 and plan on having a new bridge made for it.
In the mean time, rather than clipping off excess string when changing strings, I've taken to winding the entire string on the tuning peg. When the string breaks I unwind some of it at the peg. Thread the broken end through the tailpiece and tie it into a knot and re-tune the string to pitch. Anyone else do this? Is this a common solution to a common problem? While watching the Rosenberg DVD it looks like Stochelo also winds the whole string onto the peg.
"On apprend tous les jours." - Stéphane Grappelli