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« on: July 23, 2012, 12:02:21 AM »

Hello!
It's time to change strings on all my guitars.  I guess it's like calling in the farrier; might as well shoe em all.  Anyway, squeaky strings are like fingernails on a chalk board to me.  I'm working on a couple of songs that require moving between barre chords up and down the neck and the squeak is really getting to me.  So, until I get better at changing the chords, I need to look for low squeak strings.  I play mostly finger style; when I do strum, I don't use a pick.

Any ideas?  I did search this topic, and no doubt it's been covered heavily, but I couldn't find the answer - probably operator error on my part.

Thanks,

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2012, 12:44:31 AM »

The search function is hit or miss at best. I've heard people say that Elixer strings don't squeak as much, something about the coating that they use.
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2012, 01:06:49 AM »

You could try flat wound strings
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2012, 02:13:01 AM »

DAddario has some strings they call "flat tops." They are not exactly flat wound strings, but they have been ground down a bit to ease the fingertips a bit. The squeeking sound is reduced quite a bit.
Flatwounds will cut it down, but your guitar will sound like it has dead strings on it.
So, I'd try the flottops at least on one or two instruments.

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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2012, 02:32:20 AM »

Try wiping the finger tips on the side of your nose,the oil in this area of the face works like a natural finger ease,this may or maynot help.Also the string company SIT once sold a set of semi flats for acoustic,I'm not sure if they still make them.As already stated Elixers are about it for min. string noise.
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2012, 06:35:34 AM »

and then there's 'Finger Ease' spray string lubricant. It also reduces squawk.
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2012, 03:49:03 PM »

Eat McDonald french fries with your left hand before you play. 

Another potential solution would be when changing strings, at least once a year, thoroughly clean your fretboard with lemon oil (Dunlop). It removes grime and even after thoroughly wiping it down, will let your fingers pick up a little oil when playing. Smells nice too.

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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2012, 03:53:39 PM »

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