Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ronaldor, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. ronaldor


    Jun 1, 2008
    Help I´m becoming allergisk to my own bass. I can play it for a couple of minuts for at then get skin rash all over my hand and arms.
    What to do? I play 6-7 string bass is there any strings in the market that are made of nylon that I can use in my seven string bass?
    Desperate need for help.
  2. You can try using gloves like Etienne M'Bappe.

  3. those look really cumbersome! just out of curiousity, would something like surgical gloves work better for a reaction like this?

    maybe take a benadryll before playing. you'll be the most tasteful, slow paced bassist in the land!
  4. Well, he can play really fast with those gloves, so I don't think they're as cumbersome as you think:
  5. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    I've heard of some people with allergies to the nickel in some strings. I would think its time to do some string exploration. Maybe stainless steel would be better. Or you might try some coated strings...D'Addario makes a bunch and of course there are different Elixer strings too.
  6. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    if it is a nickel allergic reaction he should be able to play stainless, i think.

    dean markley makes a 7 string stainless set.
  7. Meatrus


    Apr 5, 2009
    Definitely sounds like a Nickel allergy, what he said ^ - steels should be fine.
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Yes - I've heard of people who are allergic to Nickel strings - maybe you could go for those flatwound strings that are coated in black nylon/plastic(?) - they shouldn't spark off any reaction?

    Changing strings looks best bet anyway..?
  9. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    I get a bad reaction to Nickel Plated watch bands...

    I only play SS strings....
  10. DeluxeRed


    Jun 2, 2009
    Polishes can cause reactions, as well. Make sure there's no Pledge or some similar nastiness on your bass.
  11. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    Get some stainless steel strings. It sounds like a nickel allergy.
  12. Cyber Soda

    Cyber Soda

    Sep 24, 2008

    And would the gloves preserve the strings a bit more?
  13. He wears silk gloves because of sweaty hands

    I don't know if wearing surgical gloves would be a good thing, latex gloves will likely cause an allergic reaction on their own, and nitrile gloves might not allow for enough tactile feel from the strings.