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Unread 07-25-2011, 01:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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alkaline sweat!!!

My roommate has an issue that maybe some one can help with, his sweat causes his strings or anything that is metal to oxidize very very fast. I didnt pay much attention to it until he played my les paul for just a couple of minutes one day and the next day all the strings were rusty and corroded, like someone had left the guitar out in the garage for 2 months, He just bought a new guitar and doesnt play it much cuz strings only last him a couple of days or so if he plays every day. All his allen wrenches and guitar tools are rusted too and they are only 1 month old. It is not the climate because I live here too and have had nothing affected. Any creams or sprays or treatment that would be of use would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 07-25-2011, 01:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: alkaline sweat!!!

nope...im that guy too. its a pain. you should see what i do to watches!
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Unread 07-25-2011, 01:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: alkaline sweat!!!

There is an Aluminum chlorhydrate powder antiperspirant that's supposed to work pretty well
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Re: alkaline sweat!!!

well, you can get stainless strings which would be a start.

i have a friend like this too so i try to avoid letting him playing my guitars!
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Re: alkaline sweat!!!

GHS Fast Fret!!!!

This stuff really does work. I too suffer from sweaty hands. Now, although they don't sound quite as corrosive as your friends, none the less, I did suffer with rusting strings.

I just gently glide some of this stuff on after every time I play and then wipe it off again with the cloth that is provided in the tub, and my strings now last for ages.

Sometimes I just end up changing them because I think that it's about time, rather than the fact that they have gone rusty!

As for whether it makes you play faster...... A load of rubbish in my opinion. I believe that’s what practice is for eh guy’s lol!

Certainly worth a try anyway! (Oh, one other plus point, it lasts for ages. I’ve had one tub that I've been using for years and it's still going strong!)

Hope this helps

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Re: alkaline sweat!!!

Hi,

I'm definitely this guy too. I used to have to change my strings about every 4 to 5 days of heavy playing. Strings started costing me lots of money.....so I switched to coated strings. I first tried Elixirs but I didn't like the feel and the sound very much. I tried a few different brands of coated strings recommended by the guys at Guitar Center but ultimately landed on the coated Ernie Balls (least recommended by them). They feel nice and last a very long time for me.

I'd say have your friend try some new strings. They may cost twice as much as a normal pack of strings, but they'll last you at least twice as long if not more anyways. Now I only change my strings about 2 times per month depending on how much I've played that particular guitar. My total investment on strings hasn't really changed.....still paying around 20 - 30 bucks a month.....just going through less packs of more expensive strings.

Hope that helps.

P.S. Using a small amount of Talcam powder on my hands helps a bit too, just have to be sure to clean the fretboard with my Fast Fret after playing to make sure the powder isn't drying everything out.
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Re: alkaline sweat!!!

Tell him to whipe or clean the strings after he played.
A bit of oil can do wonders to.
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Re: alkaline sweat!!!

His sweat is acidic, by the way.
Bet it gets really bad once a month when he's on the rag.
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Re: alkaline sweat!!!

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GHS Fast Fret!!!!

This stuff really does work. I too suffer from sweaty hands. Now, although they don't sound quite as corrosive as your friends, none the less, I did suffer with rusting strings.

I just gently glide some of this stuff on after every time I play and then wipe it off again with the cloth that is provided in the tub, and my strings now last for ages.

Sometimes I just end up changing them because I think that it's about time, rather than the fact that they have gone rusty!

As for whether it makes you play faster...... A load of rubbish in my opinion. I believe thatís what practice is for eh guyís lol!

Certainly worth a try anyway! (Oh, one other plus point, it lasts for ages. Iíve had one tub that I've been using for years and it's still going strong!)

Hope this helps

Russ

I use it too. I clean and condition the fret board on the ax, then put some of that fast fret stuff on the strings, and although it does nothing for speed, for a little while everything feels ..... slickery.

Not sure if that's a word.
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Re: alkaline sweat!!!

i can say im glad i dont have this issue.

I read Dave Grohl has the same problem.
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Re: alkaline sweat!!!

thanks guys for the comments, I will let him know, I had no idea it was so common.
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