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Finger lube

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Tyler Dupont, Jul 12, 2001.

  1. Tyler Dupont

    Tyler Dupont Wesly Headpush

    Ok, I played a gig last night.. it was the first gig I've played with this band. I put new strings on and found that my right hand fingers kept getting stuck on the strings and it really affected my playing. I heard that Jaco used a greasy chicken bone to lube his fingers. Kinda gross I think. Is there a product out there for this ? if not, what do you guys use ?
  2. Okay, you might think I'm joking, but I'm not. Nose Oil! I'm totally serious, just rub your fingers on the side of your nose. I got this from Keith Rosiér's book "Jump N Blues Bass" and I swear it works. I've played some long sets and felt the tips of my fingers getting sore and by rubbing some noise oil on them I was able to keep playing. YMMV.
  3. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    I do this too. I read about it on the fender bassstreet website.
  4. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    And if you run out of nose oil, you could try putting your fingers IN your nose! ;)

    Anyway - I have started to use WD-40 (light machine oil). Seriously. I spread it on the strings before a set, and wet my fingers with it as well. It seems to work pretty well. I also find that it seems to keep the strings clean for much longer. The only thing I'm not sure about is whether it is bad for the skin. The label on it doesn't encourage skin contact, but I noticed no problems using it for a number of gigs.

    - Mike
  5. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    There's a lubricant made by a german company that's sold in sex shops that's really good, no joke, it works good for your fingers whether your playing the bass or, oh well... :D

    You can also use a product called hemp oil from the body shop.
  6. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    How can you guys play with wet fingers?! I have to keep my hands totally dry, or else 1) lose traction, and tone begins to suffer, and 2) it makes the callus's wet, and they'll begin to just rip and the strings will cut right to the bone...

    How the hell do you guys do it?!
  7. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    I use spit to lube up my palm, not my fingers.

  8. Tyler Dupont

    Tyler Dupont Wesly Headpush

    Not really wet fingers.. just a bit slippery. I play fairly hard all the time so my callous's are pretty tough, I don't think I'd have a problem with them ripping from a little lube. My sisters used to have this stuff called "Frizz-Eaze" for keeping the hair under control.. the stuff worked awesome but I don't know if it's too good for the strings. I think I'll try that hemp oil.. there's a body shop about an hour away from here.
  9. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    I too have very hard callous' (sp?), but getting lubrication on them (unless its a thick liquid like oil, but that kills strings, which my sweat already does very quickly) and they become much more pliable, and thus don't work so well. I've never had them rip off, but i've cut my fingers on the strings when I get them too wet.
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I feel for you guys. My hands don't sweat.

    I am so money;)
  11. I use Johnson's Baby Oil and some porn!
  12. Am I alone, when I say that I dont use or feel the need to use any lubricants while playing? Ive played for up to 4 hours at a time, and no fingertip pain. Only in my shoulders from my Jazz Bass weighing so much.
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Umm, no.
  14. GHS Fast-Fret , cleans , lubricates, brightens sound , and won't leave nasty residue build up like other string/fret board products I've tried, If your hands sweat like mine do, this stuff can be a real lifesaver.
  15. I play with a pick, ha ha.
  16. steinbergerxp2

    steinbergerxp2 Guest

    Jul 11, 2001
    I used a spray-on product called "Finger Ease" I buy at guitar stores.

    I saw a guy play an upright in the park and before a song with lots of slides, he'd spray his fingerboard. I found it was easier to just spray the fingertips on my left hand before a set.

    It seems like a silicone-based product. The only problem I've found is if you wipe sweat off your forehead with that hand, it gets into your eyes and stings.
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  17. oo0o00o0oo


    Apr 30, 2000
    I've never felt the need to use any lube.
  18. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    i don´t use it...

    any "armpit lube" users? :)
  19. Tyler Dupont

    Tyler Dupont Wesly Headpush

    I went out of town the yesterday, stopped in a music store.. was looking around .. and my girlfriend said "Is this what you need ?" I look over ....a can of finger-ease. I bought it.. the stuff seems to work pretty well.
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  20. <i>There's a lubricant made by a german company that's sold in sex shops that's really good</i>

    So that's the excuse you use at the counter?

    "Uh... it's for playing bass guitar."

    Salesperson: "Yeah, right!"

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