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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2015, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Black residue on my hands after string change

So, I put some new Dadderio nickel wounds exl125 string on my newly purchased ibby (made in the the 90s, I'll do a NGD shortly). Now my fingers on my fretting hand have MASSIVE black residue on them after playing for 5 min. I have cleaned and cleaned and cleaned the strings and the rag won't quit collecting black residue. The guitar has a maple board that's new perfect as far as wear goes, not 1 spot where the finish has worn through to the wood. Do I have a bad set of strings?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2015, 09:53 PM
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Re: Black residue on my hands after string change

did you wash your hands after changing the strings?

If the old strings were nasty and took them off, then put the new ones on then your hands are still dirty.

Get you some gojo or pumice based soap/degreaser and wash your hands. If you still get the build up then i dont know what to tell you.

also get some mineral oil to wipe the strings down with.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2015, 11:25 PM
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Re: Black residue on my hands after string change

I've had the black residue from new D'Addarios in the past. I wonder if there's an occasional factory issue with them.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-01-2015, 07:14 PM
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Re: Black residue on my hands after string change

^This. I had exactly the same issue recently with new D'Assarios. I always wash my hands before playing, don't really sweat from the hands (I'm not a neck gripper, I only ever contact with the fingertips and my fingers are always arched) and always wipe down fretboards. My guitars live in their cases also. Regarding degreaser, I find the best one is plain old washing up liquid, it will remove any grease from your hands before playing.
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