#1
whenever i play my acoustic my fingers get very black, there is no visible dirt on the strings and i bought 'ghs fast fret' to try and clean them but to no avale. Does anyone know what it could be or how i can clean them without replacing them all?

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imo i think its dead skin that gets in between the windings of the string. on the thinner strings i cant really explain it. i have the same problem and i believe its dead skin.
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Are you sure it's the strings? I've got a cheap Estaban guitar kicking around my house and the stain on the fretboard always turns my fingers black.
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Are you sure it's the strings? I've got a cheap Estaban guitar kicking around my house and the stain on the fretboard always turns my fingers black.


WHAT!?!?!? damn, that's weak


anyways, TS, maybe you should try using rubbing alcohol to clean your strings
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Ernie Ball String Cleaner wipes. They work really well, and visibly get the corrosion off the strings. And its caused more by oily fingers and dirt.
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Dirty strings would not turn your fingers black that's like saying wearing a dirty shirt will turn your chest black.

TS, it's most likely some sort of black stain used to make the fretboard look like it was made with nicer rosewood than it really was (many cheap guitars have this), just rub some lemon oil or Fast Fret on the fretboard until most of it comes out.
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http://www.london-music.co.uk/detail.asp?brand=Crafter&product=GA6/N
thats the guitar.
thinking about it now it probubly is the fretboard, its my dads guitar but i prefer it to mine as it has lower action and i dont have the money to get the action on my acoustic lowerd right now
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Dirty strings would not turn your fingers black that's like saying wearing a dirty shirt will turn your chest black.

TS, it's most likely some sort of black stain used to make the fretboard look like it was made with nicer rosewood than it really was (many cheap guitars have this), just rub some lemon oil or Fast Fret on the fretboard until most of it comes out.


that doesnt make any sense. i play a first act acoustic that is stained naturally and my hands will begin to turn darker colors after playing for a while. it happens to some and not to others. all it is is that fingers peel quicker. i should know it hapeens to me all the time.
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usually it's the fretboard. (rosewood especially) ^^^like said up there

clean it with dunlop cleaner conditioner.

sometimes my new guitars will rub off on my fingers until i break it in.

also, dont get alcohol on the board. ^ up there somewhere also.
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#12
It's probably Crafter's wierd fretboard coating they use - admittedly they slap on a little more stain than is necessary but ten minutes' work with a rag and a bit of teak oil got mine sorted.

Take the strings off and give it a really, really thorough wipe down with a microfibre cloth or a rag - if you've got any specialist cleaner like lemon oil now's a good time to use it. I prefer 'proper' oils such as Tung, Linseed, or Teak (which is basically tung oil anyway) but anything will do.
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that doesnt make any sense. i play a first act acoustic that is stained naturally and my hands will begin to turn darker colors after playing for a while. it happens to some and not to others. all it is is that fingers peel quicker. i should know it hapeens to me all the time.


My fingers have never "peeled".
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i find new strings always leave marks. especially flatwounds
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#15
well i just use a tea towel and spit on it to clean my fretboard, been doing it 2years and works a treat

Then i fast fret it
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: Replace you strings with D'Addario EXP. Remove your old stings, clean the fretboard, clean your frets, put on the new strings and you should be OK. No more dirty fingers. Wipe your strings with a cloth after playing. (It helps!) Try to wash the black stuff off your fingers too and make sure your fingers aren't sticky from I dont know food.
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