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    String squeak?

    My poor technique aside, is there a recommended EB string that can reduce squeaking during slides? I’m already using String Fuel, FastFret etc., but have noticed some strings snitch me out for sloppy playing more so than others. Admittedly I’m not string savvy, but would very much like to to be fast tracked into squeak free playing. If this can be achieved with only the cost of using specific strings it would be fantastic.

    Also, I’ve noticed that the squeakiest of strings also feel bad when doing slides. It’s almost like they are taking thin cuts from my callus’s. Then another set will feel and sound great. Is this a known cost of using certain string types? Are there strings specifically that feel smoother in addition to being more silent?

    Thanks for any help..
    Last edited by Wildhorse; 09-20-2020 at 10:14 AM.
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    Bryan

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    Holy cow, 2810 views so far and no advice on an Internet forum... LOL This has got to be a first.

    Anyhow I wasn’t sure whether to delete the thread or offer feedback on the direction I went. Somebody recommended a string that covers pretty nicely for my technique issues and I’m playing pretty much squeak free with them. Now to put in the work to improve my playing in this regard too. So far 4 of my guitars have mostly stopped squeaking.. LOL
    Best,
    Bryan

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    G&L Custom Shop ASAT HH
    Fender Clapton Signature Blackie
    Fender American Standard Tele
    Fender Acoustasonic Tele
    Bourgeois JOM Vintage
    Martin Custom Shop HD-28 Vintage
    Martin 00 Deep Body Jeff Tweedy
    RainSong Carbon Fiber Dreadnaught

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    I tell my students that string sqeak is like taking a breath while singing. It bothers some people more than others but it's an unavoidable part of the performance.
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    I see some youtube / facebook players pretty much spray down their strings right before they play to avoid squeak or make them more slippery or something.

    Yeah, don't be one of those guys.
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    I am a big fan of flat wounds, no squeak. Not everyone gets along with them and some say they are only good for jazz, but I play mostly rock clean or dirty and they sound awesome through my boogies.

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    Yes. Flatwounds are more versatile than people give them credit for.
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