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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Soul31, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. Soul31

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    So I have an outdoor gig tomorrow. Forecast says it's going to be 94 degrees with 64% humidity. From experience I know my guitar neck is going to be sticky as pine tar in that type of weather. I've looked at various products to help this, but I'm really not sure which one is right. I know I talked to Eric Gales' guitar tech after a show once and he said Eric uses this product based on baby powder every night to help as he sweats a lot (most do when the lights are on). Not sure what product that was, and I've heard baby powder is bad, so I'm at a loss.

    Any thoughts?
     
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  2. AncientAx

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  3. Triple Jim

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    I'd use talcum powder myself, or just adjust my style to deal with the stickiness. I've never tried corn starch as @AncientAx suggested, other than in cooking. Maybe I should see how it compares to talc.
     
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    Very light PTFE spray, guitar and left hand but keep it off your right one, unless of course your a lefty.
     
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    I know this probably won't win any popularity contests but I have used this and had it work pretty well
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    Old ex- jock trick , works great ! Hands, feet , jock area .
     
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    I've used finger ease and fast fret...of the two, I like Finger Ease.
     
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    What about chalk dust? I guess it’s not that different from talc. Never tried it; just brainstorming.
     
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    Whatch for the powder they use on their hands before lifting. Use that short term. Longer term figure out how to swap necks or change the finish.



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    Chalk is normally used to prevent slipping, giving a good grip. I'd think that the opposite would be needed on a hot humid day, but again, I haven't tried it on a guitar neck.
     
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    Even indoors I'll often sweat like a pig. What I worry about with the humidity is if I am playing past when the dew breaks if the dew point is really high. That happened to me once and I had to open everything up as soon as I got home because everything....wires, mixer, PA speakers...was all wet.

    I always love the idea of an outdoor gig but more times than not it's uncomfortable conditions.
     
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    Chalk is slippery enough when it's dry, that's why ya use it on your hands when playing pool--it keeps the cue from sticking to your hand. For an outdoor gig when it's both hot and humid, I expect chalk or talcum powder will be helpful for about 2 minutes, and after that it'll get sweat-logged and actually make things even more sticky.

    Something oil based will last longer in the heat. Even just running your hand through your hair, or wiping it across your forehead. But baby oil or fast fret or some canola or olive oil will also work--probably for 15 minutes or more. A word of warning, oil based lubricants WILL leave a residue on your strings that's hard to remove, if you are a "new string zing" kind of guy, you may find your strings sound "dead" pretty quick if you get oils on them.

    Either way, start with the neck as clean as possible. You may be sticking to residue more than to the finish itself.
     
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    Oh man it's got to be rough it's no good if it's got a sticky neck I guess it's time for you to get a new guitar I mean how can you possibly play it?
     
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    I hope 94 is in Fahrenheit
     
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    Supposed to be a scorcher this weekend here also heat index 110 to 115 .......
     
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    Yeah, 94C would be 201F, that would SUCK.

    In 1775 Charles Blagden spent 45 minutes in a chamber heated to 260F (127C), which was demonstrably hot enough to cook the beef steak he took in there with him. If you're well hydrated that's plenty survivable--but it would still be plenty uncomfortable.
     
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