#1
So I just recently purchased Gibsons 11's for my acoustic guitar, they were more expensive than normally but I need some that will last me a while and these ones came with extra micro-filament coating or some stuff like that, which I can barely pronounce .

When I got them, the strings were nice and bronze, very shiny, however now about two weeks after I got them, they seem to be coated by something (more specifically, D, G, B and E), and they feel thicker, don't have that shine they used to have and there is a lot of friction when I got over the string, where it used to be very smooth and I literally glided over the strings.

This is not the 1st time it happened, it happened with the last pair of strings I bought (can't remember the brand). Is there any way I can clean this? or just avoid it all together?

Thank you very much for your help
#2
umm you have oily hands. I have the same problem, you just have to replace your strings every 2 to 3 weeks. There is no way around it.
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#3
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umm you have oily hands. I have the same problem, you just have to replace your strings every 2 to 3 weeks. There is no way around it.


QFT.

I sweat like a ***** in church anyway, so I'm practically a petroleum plant, I have to change my quite often.

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#4
Thats too expensive =\

I guess I'll just have to deal with it....

Wouldn't hand lotion help at all?
#5
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Thats too expensive =\

I guess I'll just have to deal with it....

Wouldn't hand lotion help at all?

Not really if you have oily hands.
try it for a couple of days, but don't play guitar whilst you're doing this. If it makes a difference, then carry on using the hand lotion, if not, stop. Make sure the lotion/moisturiser is oil free.
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#7
I don't know that lotion is going to help your problem at all. I'd recommend washing your hands before you play your guitar instead. This isn't a bad idea anyway, but it is especially helpful in preserving your strings if you do have oily skin.

Also, have you tried any other brands of coated strings? I'm not familiar with Gibson strings at all so I don't have any idea about the quality of them. Maybe try a set of D'addario EXP's next time you buy a pack of strings. If you aren't happy with a set of strings, keep trying new ones until you find something that works for you!
#8
i started just rinsing my hands before i play guitar to preserve my strings a bit longer.
#9
Just remembered summat,
if you get sweaty hands you can get lotions like Perspirex (dunno if you have that where you are) which you apply at night then rinse off in the morning. It seals up your sweat pores resulting in sweat free hands. After about a week or so of using you only need to apply the lotion once or twice a week for your hands to remain sweat free all week. There have been rumours that these kind of products can cause some sort of cancer though...
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#10
Lotion will probably add to the much building up. Just play with clean hands and wipe your strings down a couple of times a week