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New strings - black fingers?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by 9mmMike, Mar 31, 2009.


  1. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Howdy,
    Just put new strings on my Fender American Series '57. I used Fender-brand 7250ML (NPS). After playing for a few minutes, I noticed that my fingertips were black.
    Is this normal for these strings or should I have done some kind of cleaning or something to them prior to installation?
    Thanks in advance,
    Mike
     
  2. HogieWan

    HogieWan

    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    I normally wipe down strings before the first use. Flats are always full of black, rounds are usually clean
     
  3. PSPookie

    PSPookie

    Aug 13, 2006
    Lubbock, TX
    This is normal. It will go away after a few hours of use.
     
  4. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    These are rounds. They are nickel plated. The strings on my other '57 AS bass are stainless.

    What do you use to wipe them down?
     
  5. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Thanks. The only other new strings I've used were flats which did not do this or the GHS Boomers on my jazz which also did not do this but I am not sure of their construction.

    Maybe it is the nickel......
     

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