Clammy strings on a humid night: Any solution?

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  1. RoscoeElegante

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    Got a mini-gig coming up in a dampish venue that I tried out last night. My acoustic's strings felt like something from a Loozianna swamp.....
     
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    Get some handwipes and some towels to keep cleaning/ drying your hands and guitar neck and strings when you can and put a set of coated strings on your axe.
     
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    Fast Frets works for me, and they last for years if you keep it in the container it comes in.
     
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    There’s a million guys playing acoustics 20’ from the water every night in the Keys, doesn’t get any humidiererer.
    Ask @Rick330man
     
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    I use talcum powder. Works well.
     
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    Natural solutions are best. Split a bucket of KFC with your bass player and drummer. The proven moisture displacing properties of the secret breading/spice blend should help you forget all about the humidity. :)
     
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    And you may want to try coated strings. Elixir polyweb, not nanoweb.

    Have played in dripping hot sweat swamp humidity, outdoors and the coated strings play just fine. Oh, you don't like the muffled, wet blanket sound of coated strings?

    Chin up, buttercup. You are going to be plugged in for this gig, yes? No one but you will care how the elixir strings sound.

    Take a bandana, for sure, to wipe of the excess. IME, coated strings are worth a try.

    ...and I see, had I read more completely, that coated strings have already been recommended. Cheers @Cheap guitar guy ! Coated strings are the right application for this.
     
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    Won't be plugged in. Just a small-hall, acoustic thang. Mic'ing and amping are too boomy in there. Lots of fellow musicians will be in the crowd, so yeah, they'll notice if the strings are mucky. Most of all, I'll notice! And I play to escape, not make, le sludge. The songs I'm planning have a lot of sliding notes and chords, etc. And while I truly don't like coated strings, I much appreciate your advice, teletimetx. I'll try the towel & talc route. (Or even the spicily-suggested KFC route, but with olive oil.) We can also crank the AC to dry out the place before the doors open and all those (heavy-breathing, of course) mammals show up. Groupies, no; but well-expanded middle-aged fans, yes.

    That, or I just extra-snorkel my vocals to make 'em match the guitar, as it will not stop raining here.....
     
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    How old are your strings ???
     
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    I'm gonna replace them tonight and find out (sorta). The hall is pretty bright in terms of its reverb qualities, so that may have lured me into leaving 'em on too long. But we're now adjusting its acoustics--quilts over the turnbuckles, actually; complements an all-acoustic show nicely--so brighter strings won't be a problem. If the old strings coil into spelling "Gumbo is good" on the floor, I'll know that this was indeed a big part of it....
     
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    But I change strings often
     
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    This is what my bass playing duo partner does 'ziplock bag of coke' is what I call it- I just put up with humidity, but powder may be something I'll try
     
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