Sticky Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by magic8161, Jul 2, 2017.

  1. magic8161

    magic8161 Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    Did a gig tonight and my hands started to sweat and the strings got sticky. I use GHS Brite Flats Med Light. I had this problem before but just blew it off since I dont play outside much. is it the strings? or will this happen no matter what strings I use?
  2. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    Yes, it's caused by the Brite Flats you are using. Those are ground wound strings or some refer them as half rounds. Sticky is a kind of given on ground wound strings. Some say the sticky will go away with usage, but IME of using D'Addario Half Rounds, it didn't ever go away even after months of using them. Maybe I wasn't using them often/long enough. Some would suggest to rub them with butter, fine sand paper, etc to make the sticky go away faster.
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  3. Flats and semi-flats (ie groundwound/half-round) do have more tendency to get sticky when combined with sweaty fingers than rounds or semi-rounds.

    You might want to try the GHS Pressurewound (ie "rollerwound") as a non-sticky alternative.
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  4. walldaja


    Apr 27, 2011
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  5. I have had sticky finger issues with all half-rounds and most flats.
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  6. descendent22


    Jul 29, 2015
    Fingerease. I had the same problem. Fingerease works great
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  7. I think Jaco or maybe it was Rocco that suggested eating a slice of pizza? :)
  8. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Nasal sebum. Free, plentiful, and effective.
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  9. GK Growl

    GK Growl Inactive

    Dec 31, 2011
    Not sure how flats respond but every nickel round or stainless steel round I've played get sticky when sweaty, humid, or outdoors. I just figure it's part of the circumstances and play through it.