Wiping facial oil on pickguard to reduce static

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  1. Mind Flayer

    Mind Flayer Strat-O-Master

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    A couple of my strats sometimes have an issue where a static noise is picked up when i strum and rub my palm on the plastic pickguard. This happens to me on almost every MIM strat or tele that I have purchased, not as much on USA models.

    One known trick is to rub a fabric softener on the pickguard. It works, but it’s temporary. And people don’t usually carry fabric softener around.

    I was playing the other night and the static was bugging me. So I rubbed my finger on my face to pick up some of my face oil (it had been a couple hours since I had washed my face), and I rubbed it all over the pickguard. It got rid of the static! I imagine it’s a similar principle at work as using a fabric softener. Just thought I’d pass it along in case anybody wants to try it.

    This trick is also handy for getting rid of excess foam when you get a bad poor of beer. Rub your face, rub it in the foam.
     
  2. vid1900

    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    If the audience was watching, the face oil would be a great stunt

    Otherwise, copper foil on the backside of the pickguard does it for me....
     
  3. fretWalkr

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    You might want to keep that handy trick to yourself when it comes time to sell the guitar:cool:
     
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    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    Or beer
     
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    rocknrollrich Most Honored Senior Member

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    This is why I don't like playing other people's guitars, and I don't like them playing mine.
    My face oil.... ok.
    Your face oil....gross.
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I uhh, will pass, thank you
     
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    Weird. :eek:

    Probably works though.
     
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    Yup, and I hate to even ask what you use on noisy pots. :eek:
     
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    This is why I don't let other people play my guitars.
     
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    No need to use your finger to smudge facial oil on your pick guard if you just learn to pick your guitar with your teeth like Jimi .
     
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    I see a whole new, as yet untapped, market...
    Tone Oil.
    Like Unicorn Appendage Lube...(substitute the male name for "Appendage" in a google serach for the appropriate product).
     
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    Drier sheets stashed in the case? ...seems neater than "face" oil....:eek:
     
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    ;););););););):eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::):):):):):)
     
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    Not cool man, not cool.
     
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    Did you play it with your teeth while applying?
     
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    I used to know a guy that did a similar thing to his strings to make them slick.

    I never touched his guitar and he never touched my Pee Bass. Don't ask.
     
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    I’ll pass on the zit lube ......
     
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    Face oil is free, and better for the environment!