2 Simple Tricks to Reduce Guitar String Fingernoise
By Lowell's Notes
If you use round-wound strings for your guitar or bass because you enjoy the bright sound and the sustain that they offer, but the finger noise drives you crazy (especially with new strings), you can:
- Use 400 grit (or higher) sandpaper and lightly sand the playing surface of the strings to reduce the finger noise without losing any sustain or brightness.
- You can also use an SOS pad and lightly sand the playing surface of the strings for the same effect.
Note: You should only very lightly touch the surface of the strings with very fine sandpaper. I am not advocating sanding the strings flat.
I recommend that you wipe the strings with a soft cloth dampened with vinegar after using the sandpaper to make sure the strings are free of dust and bits of metal that can irritate your fingertips.
Sanding the strings can be helpful to reduce soreness in your fingertips if you are a beginner. Professional players will find that this can be especially useful when you are recording.
Also, to clean your strings and get back that "new" sound, you can simply use vinegar. Some guitar players' fingers sweat and this may cause steel strings to rust, reducing the playing life of the strings. Cleaning the strings with vinegar will also get rid of rust (if you catch it in the early stages) and extend the playing life of your strings. I recommend letting the strings dry completely before you attempt playing the guitar to avoid the smell of vinegar absorbing into your fingertips.
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