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Cincinnati, USA

Aug 23rd, 2016 08:19 AM        

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


Contributing Member

So. Cal. USA

Aug 23rd, 2016 09:22 AM        

Some folks use that spray finger ease stuff and swear by it. I really don't like that stuff on my guitar.<br /> <br /> Coated strings can help.<br /> <br /> Peegoo may suggest Chapstik :-)


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American Patriot

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

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        

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.<br /> <br /> 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        

Not sure if this would help, but...<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Of course you'll get weird looks from people as you break out your little plastic bag of white powder.

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