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Talc Powder...on fretting hand

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by historicus146, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. historicus146

    historicus146 Tele-Holic

    Jun 28, 2010
    chicago area
    Saw Keith Richards throw some talc on his fretting hand in a replay of the Stones at the MAX (2010)..

    then I remembered an old Ray Flacke instructional video where he recommended the same...

    I guess if you get your strings for free and someone else changes them out, why not?

    Anyone subscribe to this? Just curious.

  2. Phat-o-Caster

    Phat-o-Caster Tele-Meister

    Dec 8, 2008
    I keep a little bottle of baby powder on top of my amp and if things get to sticky I'll dust my left hand+ it's good if you want to shoot a little pool too. Never had any issues gunkin' up strings.

  3. dman

    dman Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 28, 2008
    Antioch, IL
    Playing a gig during the hot and humid months, especially outdoors...yep, I use it all the time. It helps quite a bit. Just clean your strings with a little rubbing alcohol on a rag if you're concerned the talc will gunk them up. Actually, that's a good thing to do any time after playing.

  4. Del Pickup

    Del Pickup Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 24, 2008
    New Zealand
    I seem to remember seeing Jeff Beck using talc on his hands on one of the Crossroads dvd's. I guess these gigs in the US in mid summer can get a bit sweaty!

  5. dman

    dman Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 28, 2008
    Antioch, IL
    He also gave some to Bill Murray while they were backstage. Not sure why....maybe it helped keep his punchlines from sticking.

  6. Axis29

    Axis29 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    Virginia, USA
    The other guitar player in my band uses it all the time. I've never noticed his strings being funky or anything. Seems to work fine.

  7. craigs63

    craigs63 Tele-Meister

    Aug 23, 2009
    Naperville, IL
    I have an Ashbory bass (with the silicone strings), and keep a talcum bag (available at bowling alley pro shops) for the fretting hand (well, if it had frets).

  8. ddewerd

    ddewerd Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    I occasionally use it, but only on the palm (for the back of the neck) and never on my fingers. I guess I want my hand to slide but my fingers to stick


  9. Codger

    Codger Tele-Meister

    May 16, 2009
    I lived in the tropics for a spell and use to do this. Actually, I preferred Ammens Powder. Anyway, it was great in those conditions. Never had trouble with strings. +1 to the rubbing alcohol comment, but I also used Fast Fret. Between the two it kept the guitar in good shape. If it's sweaty, the powder actually cleans and buffs up the guitar nicely. If the poster of the Beach Guitar" thread isn't following this, we should move this over there.

  10. jmiles

    jmiles Friend of Leo's

    Nov 29, 2003
    Frank Zappa used it all the time too.

  11. Mjark

    Mjark Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 14, 2011
    Annapolis, MD
    I'm not a sweaty guy.

  12. Pajama

    Pajama Tele-Meister

    May 12, 2003
    Both Beck and Ray Flacke use talc on their fretting hands. I wouldn't want powder all over my guitar, but hey, that's me.


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