Guitarists Dirty Fingers.

Discussion in 'Musicians' started by Gangster Guru, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. Ged

    Ged Actually my name is Ted. HipForums Supporter

    Slash was right when he said you play better guitar with dirty fingers. Ever got out of the shower and picked up your guitar and your fretting hand fingers are two clean to play well. You need to keep some grime on them fingers. So I thought of a way around this. Wear a tight-fitting surgical glove in the shower, thus keeping those fingers sticky!
     
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  2. Mallyboppa

    Mallyboppa Nails Mc Fugger

    or do what I have done with my Best Telecaster Remove all the finish from the neck ( maple neck ) its always grimy and plays like virtual reality !
    Dirty always looks better on a guitar neck anyway !
     
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  3. Ged

    Ged Actually my name is Ted. HipForums Supporter

    I generally just insert my Jimi Hendrix mind module into my brain box and activate the cosmic DNA love vibration psy-wave groove tube peace modulator, connect my rig to the cosmic holistic big bang background radiation frequency, and listen to the sound of God's feedback rocking the angels to mindless oblivion, if and when I really want to convince myself that I can really play guitar.
     
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  4. Mallyboppa

    Mallyboppa Nails Mc Fugger

    Big Muff pedal ??
     
  5. Ged

    Ged Actually my name is Ted. HipForums Supporter

    Yeah something like that haha...
     
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  6. Jude96

    Jude96 Member

    I'll have to test the freshly showered fingers theory... never really paid attention to it
     
  7. Ged

    Ged Actually my name is Ted. HipForums Supporter

    Maybe just most useful before any performance, not suggesting you never wash your fretting hand. But certainly after bathing or a long shower those fingertips get very mushy and soft.
     
  8. Jude96

    Jude96 Member

    True... yeah... I don't know that I've really played right after showering... but I have after swimming a few times for fun... dirty hands, yes!
     
  9. drumminmama

    drumminmama Super Moderator Super Moderator

    By the time you schlepp gear for tech call, your finger pads should be fine.
     
  10. Ged

    Ged Actually my name is Ted. HipForums Supporter

    I haven't made it as far as having a tech call, haha. Last gig was a party at a psychiatric hospital, for around a hundred people. But I'll keep plugging away.
     
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  11. Orison

    Orison my dog is full of stars Staff Member Super Moderator

    if you play right out the shower, your hands will contain more moisture and rust your strings. your callus will also shred from the friction..best to wait a little while. not long, 20mins or so.....
    I dont use no fancy oils, or fret ease.. just a old cloth with petrol jelly...
     
  12. drumminmama

    drumminmama Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Schlepping gear for just the show counts.

    I was swiping at the basement only players.
     
  13. Scratched

    Scratched Member

    Noticed a big difference keeping the fretboard clean and treated, same with the strings. Makes a big difference.

    It helps me to tune down...though sometimes I play in standard on another guitar, I have several.

    I tuned one down to A recently, didn't really like it. Brought it up to B.

    I have one that I plan on doing some different Van Halen tunings, Drop C, Drop D, Db, that sort of thing.
     
  14. magickman

    magickman Supporters HipForums Supporter

    Hmm...might have to try that.
     
  15. Alternative_Thinker

    Alternative_Thinker Darth Mysterious

    I wash my hands before I play, and during recording, I wash them whenever they get too clammy with sweat and oil. But then I'm more of a shredder so I need my fretting hand to slide up and down the neck easily.
     
  16. Ged

    Ged Actually my name is Ted. HipForums Supporter

    I'm a one note solo kind of guy.
     
  17. Alternative_Thinker

    Alternative_Thinker Darth Mysterious

    That's totally cool in my book. B.B. King, nuff said. :sunglasses:
     
  18. tikoo

    tikoo Senior Member

    Quit working .
     
  19. Sometimes I used to get some dirty fucker's geetar on the bench, so foul man, the guy obviously didn't wash his hands after wiping his arse, the gunge was like cum buildup all round every fret and the fucking thing stank man, you had to put on the gloves and scrubb that motherfucker with whatever came to hand, steel wool, maybe a scourer, some hot water and detergent and make sure your tetanus shots were up to date.
    And sorry to disillusion you dudes, those dirty fuckers are NOT the best players.
     
  20. I'm weird about playing after putting on lotion. I'm always worried I'll get something on the neck/fretboard/strings.
     

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