#1
i sweat from my hands so much that i rust a new pair of strings in one or two days. its making me unable to practice guitar cause my strings are always rusted all the time. what can i do?
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#2
wear gloves, or wipe your hands every 10 minutes. Might save your strings a little time.
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#4
i can play guitar with rusted strings?
get some coated strings?
wipe your hands alot more
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#5
Wipe your strings/hands during and after playing.
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wash hands before you play. wipe down guitar every now and then. For me, I use ernie balls, so they start to rust after like 30 minutes.. Trust me. Your state isn't as bad as mine. Gotta trust me. washing hands before makes a HUUUGE difference.
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#9
Quote by brandooon
i sweat from my hands so much that i rust a new pair of strings in one or two days. its making me unable to practice guitar cause my strings are always rusted all the time. what can i do?


Try Elixir strings, I've heard of people who sweat a lot that use them and the protective coat over the strings lets them last a lot longer than other strings.
#10
Quote by apak
wash hands before you play. wipe down guitar every now and then. For me, I use ernie balls, so they start to rust after like 30 minutes.. Trust me. Your state isn't as bad as mine. Gotta trust me. washing hands before makes a HUUUGE difference.



I'm just like you, mine are all dirty, wouldn't call it rusted yet, restringed last week. Thinking about getting one of those string cleaning products to see if it helps, anyway I always wipe my hands to my shirt or something after each song played :P
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#11
i sweat quite a bit as well, but i found an answer to the rusty strings problem

i always run along a piece of steel wool up and down each string when i finish playing.
keeps the strings nice and shiny for weeks

if you do this, watch your pickups. you don't want any of the steel wool in there.
#12
docs have prescription medication for hands.

or you can buy a small stick or antiperspirant just for your hands.

nope not joking.
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I'm just like you, mine are all dirty, wouldn't call it rusted yet, restringed last week. Thinking about getting one of those string cleaning products to see if it helps, anyway I always wipe my hands to my shirt or something after each song played :P

I use dunlop string cleaner. It's pretty good. I wipe each string, even under it, with those cheap yellow instrument cloths. They flake a lot, but the combination of the two work wonders. Like new strings every time.
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#15
I was thinking about getting a small fan pointed at my fretting hand, kinda like steve vai does at some festivals :P
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#16
wash ur strings and hands beford,after, and during playing time.
get one of those cheap pair of gloves, the black stretchy ones, and cut off the fingers of one. wear it on ur fretting hand. (make sure to cut of ALL of the fingers, or ur going to get fuzz on ur strings
#17
If its really bad you may have a medical condition? I knew a girl once that had something that made her appendages sweat alot, dont remember the name, and she had it fixed somehow. I dunno if this is the same situation but at your next appointment just mention it to the doc.
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#19
You could try a coated string set such as elixirs,

You can use some sort of string polish to help make your strings (and fretboard) last longer,

Or I've found that it helps to turn the fan on while I practice. Make it so its cool enough that your hands don't sweat but not so cool where its uncomfortable.

I used to use elixirs for a long time and suffered from sweaty palms as well and they always lasted me a few weeks minimum.

For polish I use this:

Its got a string and fretboard polish, as well as body polish and fret cleaner. It'll run you about 20-30$, but one case will last a looooong time. I don't personally use the string cleaner, but who knows it may work wonders.
#20
Use Elixer Strings. Elixer's rust only after 10-12 months. I changed em on my strat in December of 08 and they still havn't rusted
#21
Quote by Boiller
I'm just like you, mine are all dirty, wouldn't call it rusted yet, restringed last week. Thinking about getting one of those string cleaning products to see if it helps, anyway I always wipe my hands to my shirt or something after each song played :P


I'm glad i'm not the only one who's had this issue. I clean my strings, probably not the proper way, but it works for me... Although i do currently need to restring.
#22
i sweat like a mother as well.

i use elixir strings (which has been said plenty of times already), and wipe down my basses/guitars after use with a cloth. it really helps with the strings rusting. also having a rag or cloth by my side while i practice lets me contiously wipe my hands throughout practice sessions.
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#24
i have the same problem, elixirs and string cleaner worked wonders for me.
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#25
Quote by jj1565
docs have prescription medication for hands.

or you can buy a small stick or antiperspirant just for your hands.

nope not joking.


Seriously consider this. Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for the condition. They can give you a perscription antiperspirant and it really does work. I tried everything on the market for 4 years before seeing a dermatologist, definitely worth it imo.
#26
Damn, I've used the same strings on my current guitar for about 8 months and they're still perfect. Normally restring more often than this, but I'm in Korea and can't be bothered to haggle for strings again in Korean.
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#27
Deoderant on hands..?
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Deoderant on hands..?



antiperspirant yes. i wouldnt do it then eat dinner. but if you didnt want to go to a doc about it and it's a real problem, then you could keep a stick in your guitar case stuff and put a little on your palms before playing.
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#29
http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Elixir-Nanoweb-Electric-Light-Strings?sku=101536

I'm lucky enough that my hands don't sweat, and a set of these will have lasted my PRS copy over a year and a half in a week or two. Except the high E, but I break those like hell as I have large, arguably fat, powerful hands that like to hit them as hard as they can, so I always get a loose high E(D'Addario sells those for $.50,) that's two gauges higher than the rest. So I imagine a set of these should last you a good month or two.

Also don't forget to wipe them off with a neoprene cloth or something of the sort after playing; it's a tip I picked u off Carlos Santana's website, it's worked wonders for my acoustic so far.
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#32
holy crap those are some sweaty hands. i'm sorry to hear about that. i'm going to agree with the others and suggested coated strings.
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#33
When I play a gig I just wear sweatbands and wipe my hands on a towel after every song, I've gotta try the deodrant thing. What works for me is that fast fret stuff.
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#34
Quote by nowa90
i can play guitar with rusted strings?


Me too and i think to restring the guitar every month is not worth the money, for practicing it doesn't matter if the strings are rusty or new for me.
#35
Quote by heminder
i sweat quite a bit as well, but i found an answer to the rusty strings problem

i always run along a piece of steel wool up and down each string when i finish playing.
keeps the strings nice and shiny for weeks

if you do this, watch your pickups. you don't want any of the steel wool in there.

hah bet steel wool with the amp on would sound liek a symphony
#37
Stop intaking liquid, then you will have no sweat.
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#38
Quote by BigRob91
wear gloves, or wipe your hands every 10 minutes. Might save your strings a little time.

wipe your hands off, and by some string wipes
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ernie-Ball-Wonder-Wipes-String-Cleaner-104299763-i1176092.gc

they are amazing bro, trust me
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