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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Squeaks

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Cincinnati, USA

Aug 23rd, 2016 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Short of becoming a better player (too late for that), what can I do to reduce annoying finger squeaks? Different strings? Lube?

I'm currently using Martin 80/20 bronze strings, medium 13-56 gauge. I can't move from one barre chord to another without a loud and annoying squeak.

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So. Cal. USA

Aug 23rd, 2016 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Some folks use that spray finger ease stuff and swear by it. I really don't like that stuff on my guitar.

Coated strings can help.

Peegoo may suggest Chapstik :-)

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American Patriot

I'm on guard these days.
Aug 23rd, 2016 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Toughen up your finger tips first. I don't recall having this problem but I use Elixir strings.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Aug 23rd, 2016 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Some players lightly dust their hands with baby powder. Some put the powder into a sock and teabag the fingerboard with it. That seems to help.

Remember, though, that anything you apply (Fast Fret, Finger Ease, Baby Powder, etc.) to your fingers or fingerboard increases the rate of scunge buildup.

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USA/Taos, NM

Aug 23rd, 2016 12:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not sure if this would help, but...

I never use baby powder 'cause it has fragrances, etc., in it. More junk/gunk. When I need to reduce friction for playing a show during hot days, I use a very small amount of corn starch. Tends to be pretty plain stuff and doesn't seem to adversely impact the fingerboard. I've never noticed any build-up and it dusts off the guitar easily. Just a little on the hands goes a long way.

Of course you'll get weird looks from people as you break out your little plastic bag of white powder.

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