Finger sweat's pH and sticky fretboard thoughts... (weird)
Hello everyone, I appreciate the time you take to read this weird thread and share some thoughts, I'll try to keep it simple.
Ever since I started playing guitar I always seem to be very profuse to leave fingerboards sticky and grimed after playing.
I have played a few guitars which seemed like they haven't been cleaned for years but they have this good, non sticky, slippery and superficial grime which I feel quite comfortable with, but if I play that guitar for a few days the good grime turns into bad, sticky grime, which seems to be absorbed somehow by the rosewood... as much as it happens with a very clean fretboard, I have also noticed this small white things... which I assume are very little pieces of dead skin that are left over the fretboard, the problem with this is that I no longer feel comfortable playing, it seems to affect playability and (believe it or not) sustain.
Yes, I have tried: washing my hands with soap before playing, cleaning the strings and fretboard EVERY time after playing, using dunlop's string cleaner after playing and even WASHING MY HANDS EVERY 20 MINUTES OR SO during my practice sessions, nothing has given any results.
The funny thing is I'm NOT a sweaty guy and I AM a pretty hygienic guy, my hands do not sweat that much when I'm playing, they do sweat but not like dripping sweat, they just feel a bit sweaty that's all.
I have friends who play their guitars for hours and NEVER clean their fretboards except every time they restring the guitar and they just use a normal cloth with a bit of water and that's it, they look amazing, I have used a ton of products and some steel wool everytime I restring but after a few days, the issue persists.
I did a bit of research about a few conditions that can cause people to corrode metal quicker that an average person with their sweat, but this is generally caused by extreme sweat and a condition named hyperhidrosis, which I'm sure I don't suffer from.
I have a pretty regular diet, I do not drink as much water as I should, but I do drink water during the day, I basically eat eggs for breakfast and some meat and vegetables for lunch and finally some cereal at night, with rice or soy milk, I am a lactose intolerant.
I think this sticky/corrosive sweat thing is not just in my fingers, as i remember I owned a car which had gray fabric interiors and my sweat actually caused the fabric to become kind of darker, even though I did wash my interiors from time to time, and also there was this sticky dark layer of whatever forming over the steering wheel! (very similar to what I leave on my guitars)
I finally have to point out that I have always owned rosewood fretboards, never maple nor ebony.
So the possible solutions I'm thinking of are:
1.-Try maple fingerboards and see if the grime, sticky stuff can be cleaned easier...
2.- I saw on ****** some product which claimed to stabilize your pH so if you use it every time before playing your guitar, the sweat wouldn't cause so much trouble. (I don't remember the name but maybe someone could enlighten me on some personal experiences with these kind of products?)
3.- Try an ebony fretboard?
4.- Any other thoughts?
Sorry for such a long explanation but i wanted to try and be as clear and explanatory as possible, any thoughts are appreciated, thanks.