#1
Hi, this is my first post

I've been messing around on my acoustic guitar for a year now, nothing serious or anything I don't ever expect to be spectacular but people have pointed out to me something about my playing.

When I have to slide quickly (or sometimes even slowly) I can't help but make a horrible screatching sound. Many situations seem to require a quick movement from one area of the fretboard to another, I'll pull my fingers away lightly to do so, it's not like I'm still pushing down on the strings fully but still, this sound happens!

Here's an example:
http://www.cacoe.net/ouch.mp3

Any tips please?

Thanks.
Last edited by cacoe at Apr 3, 2008,
#2
Well that noise is bound to happen when you're moving your fingers across the fretboard, my suggestion would be to just try and lift your fingers away from the strings when sliding to prevent it from happening as often.
#3
Yea, I know thats an obvious solution but on this part of the fretboard, i have to push down quite a long way (the string is about 5mm away from the board) so its a long way to pull out and push back on again. Perhaps I should just try and practice it, i guess...

Up till now though, the side effect of doing that is, I end up getting an unintended hammer on sound, thats why I've tried to avoid doing that.
#4
Yea man, that is a noise the best don't usually get away from, if I heard the part you meant. Listen to any acoustic song from anybody, live or studio, and you'll most likely hear it. I may be listening to the wrong, obvious, sound though.
#5
I'm the total opposite as you. I love that sound! You know your strings are well when you hear that. I think it kind of gives the acoustic a distinctive, natural sound, where an electric you dont get the chance to hear that.

Maybe if it makes you that upset you should try those Exlir polyweb (?) strings.

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#6
I actually quite like that sound too, its people that happen to hear me that are all like "jesus, scratch it a bit harder!" (sarcasticly)

I guess nylon strings would avoid this? Can you just replace metal strings with nylon? (not sure what this stuff you're talking about is)
#7
Quote by cacoe
I guess nylon strings would avoid this? Can you just replace metal strings with nylon? (not sure what this stuff you're talking about is)


No, not really. Unless your guitar is built for nylon strings, it wont sound very good.

Now that I think about it, some brands do make unwound sets of steel strings, but I can't comment much on those as I've never used them. Apparently they are very very dark sounding. Who knows...

Edit: Also, if you were referring to not understanding the "elixir polyweb" suggestion, elixirs are just a string brand and polyweb is this coating they have on a few types. They claim to reduce finger squeak, but I never noticed a big difference when using them.
Last edited by GC Shred Off at Apr 3, 2008,
#8
DONT use nylon strings, its going to screw up your neck adjustment. Nylon strings are only for classical guitars, period. I use Martin extra light bronze and i get the noise, but its more of a less high pitched peaceful noise, give them or the elixir polyweb a go.

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#9
Quote by cacoe

I guess nylon strings would avoid this? Can you just replace metal strings with nylon? (not sure what this stuff you're talking about is)


Even if you could get them on (No ball ends on nylon strings) they will sound bad (not enough tension to drive the soundboard properly) and will probably cause issues with the neck (lack of tension can warp/bend the neck).

Same thing in reverse with putting steal strings on a nylon stringed acoustic. Easier to actually put the strings on but the extra tension will quite possibly pull the bridge off immediately or very soon after you put the strings on. If that doesn't happen then your lucky but still have to deal with warped soundboards and warped/bent/snapped necks.
#10
D'Addario Flat Tops. They greatly reduce string noise without sacrificing your tone.
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#12
Aye, that they do, but I don't think they sound quite as nice as the Nanowebs. Poly's coating is much thicker than nano's is, which is why they feel more slippery to your fingers, and give off less "fingertalk", the term more commonly used for this. There's really no way of getting out of it short of flatwounds or full on nylons, and it happens to everyone who's ever tried to play an acoustic.
#13
I'm the total opposite of you, much like AndrewDulina. That characteristic squeaking of the acoustics make them sound so natural and unique. Nothing beats chilling out, strumming some chords and hearing that pleasant, relaxing squeaking under your fingers' slightest movements
#14
That Fingerease string spray worked for me before I stopped being a cheapskate and started spending the extra 4 dollars for elixirs.
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#15
This works for a buddy of mine. I've never done it, I like the sound. Try beeswax on the tips of your fingers. It gets your strings pretty funky looking, but I only hear the scratch when it's off.
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#16
I enjoy the scratch sound too Not a fan of the polywebs sound, its just too damn bright and tinny sounding for me, and it never goes away. They last a hella long time though.
#17
Elixir makes great coated strings that do get rid of that sound. I personally love it so I would go with that option, more coating also reduces grip.