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lkjjr
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« on: December 28, 2007, 01:40:17 AM »

Been trying to put together some simple recordings lately...
Wonder if any of you have advice or tricks for minimizing string squeak.  I'm currently using D' Addario PB's, but have used and like Elixir NB's, and their coating definitely helps.  I don't like putting lubricants on the strings, so I am thinking that maybe some selective eq'ing or other "acoustic" based solution might be possible.  Aside from the squeaking string "noise" as I move up and down the fretboard everything else seems to be working well.

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LK
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2007, 04:27:02 AM »

All of these will work to some extent or another:

1)  Left hand technique (lifting when shifting positions);

2)  Coated strings;

3)  Mic positioning (further away minimizes squeak loudness); and/or

4)  Deesser (hardware or software originally designed to remove sibilance from vocals, can be used to mitigate squeaks).
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2007, 03:10:36 PM »

And don't forget:

5) a string lubricant like Finger Ease
 
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2007, 10:28:58 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions... I didn't think about the de-esser.  I'll give that a try and let you know if it helps.
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2007, 11:15:26 PM »

I can't resist telling the story that Gordon Lightfoot told about string noise the first time I ever saw him (1969).  He got a little bit of string noise as he was about to start a song, so he mentioned that the last time he had been in the studio with his lead guitarist, Red Shea, the engineer's voice came over the speaker at one point saying: "Can we have a little less string noise, Red?"

"Why? Segovia gets it," said Red.

The engineer replied: "I know. That's why we don't use him."
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