Black fingers after playing my Strat...

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I have a very nice 60s Strat style guitar that I love. I use my favourite strings (ie. 10-38 GHS Boomers). No affiliation at all BTW. I have noticed that all of a sudden my fingertips are black after playing this guitar. I have noticed that this has started happening roughly after I starting using GHS Fast Fret. I normally slap some Fast Fret before putting the guitar back on the wall hanger where it lives. Could it be the Fast Fret solution? To be honest, I do not always wipe the excess off....


Anyway, I'll get back to my coffee in my GHS themed mug whilst you guys share. Be well.

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I'm guessing that it's a rosewood fretboard

the mineral oils could be interacting with the dyes
 

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started happening roughly after I starting using GHS Fast Fret.
I used that stuff back in the eighties.
Same thing.
Not an issue, just messy.
On a light (strat-style) fretboard it may become a staining issue.
:)

Edit: Stop using Fast-Fret. You'll soon notice it doesn't really do anything. Just feels like it should. ;)
 
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I never used Fast Fret. But I do keep an old can of Finger Ease around. It's a pretty good conversation starter with non musician's. :laugh2:

But back when I did actually use the Finger Ease spray on stuff, I would get black fingers from playing. That pretty much stopped when I quit using it. Now if my fingers get black from playing, it's telling me it's time to change strings.
 

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stop the fast fret,change strings and play. still happening?

maybe give the finger board a wipe too.

for me,finger tips turning black while playing = oxidation.

what is oxidizing? strings,probably, but who knows? change-up see what happens.
 

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This is the guitar... the fretboard is not dyed


very nice . I have one just like it __ but I'm repainting it . I think the color is listed as " Olympic White " . but to me it looks like banana pudding yellow . I know it's a classic color , but to each their own

and a lot of the rosewood used on fretboards is dyed , to make it appear darker / to cover up the very distinctive grain . a good number of ebony boards are the same way
 

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This is the guitar... the fretboard is not dyed
You might be surprised. A great many rosewood boards are dyed. Can't say from a pic, but I wouldn't be surprised if that one was.

In any case, if you lay off the oil and change the strings the black fingers will go away.
 

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very nice . I have one just like it __ but I'm repainting it . I think the color is listed as " Olympic White " . but to me it looks like banana pudding yellow . I know it's a classic color , but to each their own

and a lot of the rosewood used on fretboards is dyed , to make it appear darker / to cover up the very distinctive grain . a good number of ebony boards are the same way
Mine is nitro Olympic white but it stopped being white decades ago.
 

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You might be surprised. A great many rosewood boards are dyed. Can't say from a pic, but I wouldn't be surprised if that one was.

In any case, if you lay off the oil and change the strings the black fingers will go away.
This is a pic of my RW fingerboards in the sunlight. Picture taken after my yearly deep clean and slight oiling.

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"a review:
" I assume that this piece of crap was made in 2007. I wanted a campfire guitar and my Yamaha was just a bit too expensive to take with me camping. I saw this on Home Shopping and it looked good so I took the plunge. Well what a mistake that was. The guitar arrived and when I opened the box I was overcome by fumes, that to me seemed toxic. I left the guitar out in the garage for a week to see if that smell would go away.

It did a bit but next I was greeted by some black crud coming off on my fingers when I picked it up to first play it. It smelled like a varnish or something. It stunk up my fingers as well.

Anyways I threw it in the car and headed out for the camping spot. After we got the fire started I brought it out and tried to tune it up for a song. As soon as I turned the tuning pegs the bridge lifted right off the ratwood soundboard. Strings went flying and I cursed the maker of this pile of junk.

I smashed it against the picnic table, waking up other campers then threw the remains into the fire. I was glad to see the end of it."

https://www.mylespaul.com/threads/esteban-appreciation-thread.79035/

https://www.mylespaul.com/threads/the-magic-craftsmanship-of-esteban-guitars.227213/

https://www.mylespaul.com/threads/estaban.26239/
 

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"a review:
" I assume that this piece of crap was made in 2007. I wanted a campfire guitar and my Yamaha was just a bit too expensive to take with me camping. I saw this on Home Shopping and it looked good so I took the plunge. Well what a mistake that was. The guitar arrived and when I opened the box I was overcome by fumes, that to me seemed toxic. I left the guitar out in the garage for a week to see if that smell would go away.

It did a bit but next I was greeted by some black crud coming off on my fingers when I picked it up to first play it. It smelled like a varnish or something. It stunk up my fingers as well.

Anyways I threw it in the car and headed out for the camping spot. After we got the fire started I brought it out and tried to tune it up for a song. As soon as I turned the tuning pegs the bridge lifted right off the ratwood soundboard. Strings went flying and I cursed the maker of this pile of junk.

I smashed it against the picnic table, waking up other campers then threw the remains into the fire. I was glad to see the end of it."

https://www.mylespaul.com/threads/esteban-appreciation-thread.79035/

https://www.mylespaul.com/threads/the-magic-craftsmanship-of-esteban-guitars.227213/

https://www.mylespaul.com/threads/estaban.26239/
LOL!!! I could tell what the end of that Esteban guitar was going to be from the start and still, I found the ending weirdly satisfying.
 
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