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    Am I an alien? - What's wrong with me?

    When I play guitar. This happens. Regardless of fretboard lumber and string brand.

    What's wrong with me?





    Acidic sweat causing string corrosion is the only answer I have come across that makes any amount of sense. And even this doesn't really seem like the case unless I should be in X-Men. Fine by me cause mutants rule and Mystique is hot sauce.
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    Dude.....definitely an ALIEN!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyMoonsRJT View Post
    Dude.....definitely an ALIEN!!!
    It could be worse I suppose.
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    It's frostbite.

    Your playing is so cool that it's freezing your fingers.
    If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    It's frostbite.
    That's the 1st thing that popped into my head!
    I will get a TINY bit on my fretting finger tips when the strings are brand new, but that's just alien like!

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    Afraid you are not an alien just another case of cheap chinese strings

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    Quote Originally Posted by PFL View Post
    Afraid you are not an alien just another case of cheap chinese strings
    Elixir's!!!
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    "We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile."





    At lease it's not this Borg...

    Last edited by rugerpc; 03-14-2013 at 09:29 PM.
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    7 of 9 was my favorite Borg:
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    Other maybe other not so friendly aliens...



    Last edited by rugerpc; 03-14-2013 at 09:45 PM.
    Thbbbbbt...
    Check it out: Phillybri used to have a band: Resonance But he's soooo over them now!

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    really ???

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    Right. And who is it again that's the only guy trying to be proactive about the threat to our planet from blue guitars?!


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    That's it, the trip to Chicago is definitely CANCELLED!!



    That doesn't happen to me, but my finger sweat does corrode strings fairly quickly. After a two hour gig, even brand new strings are toast.

    When I play one of Alan's guitars, he sets a timer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TGSCAN View Post
    really ???
    Yeah that was after about 2 hours of playing #4080 strung with Elixir's. I seem to remember other strings doing it too. I'm going to switch brands and see if that helps. I've played Elixir's so long I can't remember if other strings are as bad. Regardless, warm water easily washes it off my hands and I clean my guitars thoroughly after each use.

    Quote Originally Posted by MA Pete View Post
    That's it, the trip to Chicago is definitely CANCELLED!!



    That doesn't happen to me, but my finger sweat does corrode strings fairly quickly. After a two hour gig, even brand new strings are toast.

    When I play one of Alan's guitars, he sets a timer!
    Dude. Chicago is happening. LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    Dude. Chicago is happening. LOL.
    Ha, literally laughing out loud here!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MA Pete View Post
    That's it, the trip to Chicago is definitely CANCELLED!!



    That doesn't happen to me, but my finger sweat does corrode strings fairly quickly. After a two hour gig, even brand new strings are toast.

    When I play one of Alan's guitars, he sets a timer!
    Your sweat also corrodes nitro on the back of the neck. Definitely have to wipe it down after Pete gets his mitts on it. As of now, I don't own a gloss nitro neck so that how I'm solving the problem.

    The only time I tend to see that kind if stuff on my fingers is if there is still some filler left in the fretboard (on a new guitar) or if I use Gorgamite on a fretboard and didn't get all of it off.
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    My fingers look like that after playing too. But it only happens with nickel strings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    My fingers look like that after playing too. But it only happens with nickel strings.
    I've seen it to a degree with some strings, but I didn't care enough to pay attention to which ones. Seems like good odds it was nickel though, which I don't use very much.

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    To quote Frank Zappa, "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?" Do you ever clean your fretboard?

    Or, maybe, do you oil the fretboard a lot? Could be the board is too moist and gathers a lot of dust and dirt. My suggestion is, next time you change strings, clean the fretboard really well with naptha. If that still happens with a clean board and fresh strings, then you are indeed an alien.
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    Never seen anything like that dude, what are your superpowers?
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