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Sep 9, 2019 - 1:26:18 PM
19 posts since 8/8/2019

When I get done with a long practice session, my left hand fingertips are covered in black - it appears to have come off the fingerboard. I haven't seen this happen to the other players I know so I'm wondering if there's something different I'm doing that's causing it to rub off? Does anyone else have this happen?

Sep 9, 2019 - 1:30:50 PM

2968 posts since 6/21/2007

New fiddle? Refinished/refurbished? Could be you just need to get the excess stain off of the fingerboard. Attempt just rubbing it down well with an old, soft rag.

Sep 9, 2019 - 1:50:50 PM

19 posts since 8/8/2019

It is not a new or refurbished fiddle. I doubt it has had any kind of work done on it since the '60s

Sep 9, 2019 - 1:57:49 PM
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89 posts since 11/28/2018

I get black fingertips, especially after playing longer than usual, but have assumed it's from the strings, not the fingerboard.

Sep 9, 2019 - 3:05:08 PM

1424 posts since 12/11/2008

Yeah, it happens sometimes, probably from the strings.

Sep 9, 2019 - 6:29:56 PM

401 posts since 8/10/2017

Happens to me sometimes. Happened to a friend last night at the session, and he is a fiddle-maker himself. He was joking about it. I think it's pretty common and it comes from the strings.

Sep 9, 2019 - 7:20:28 PM

227 posts since 6/21/2007

Yup, happens to me after about an hour or so of practice. Also happens to a lesser degree with banjo playing. Could it be due to the string composition?

Sep 10, 2019 - 3:04:33 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

252 posts since 9/1/2019

Yeah that used to happen with my old cheap fiddle, it doesn't seem to happen with my new one, but I haven't played for hours straight with my new one. It happens on my mandolin and guitar but they turn a gross corrosion green not black, because the strings on those two (especially the guitar) are quite filthy. I wish I could keep them clean, but it's not really possible here

Sep 10, 2019 - 4:27:28 AM

4371 posts since 9/26/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Dragonslayer

Yeah that used to happen with my old cheap fiddle, it doesn't seem to happen with my new one, but I haven't played for hours straight with my new one. It happens on my mandolin and guitar but they turn a gross corrosion green not black, because the strings on those two (especially the guitar) are quite filthy. I wish I could keep them clean, but it's not really possible here


On fretted instruments, I use a product called "Fast Fret" to keep the strings clean. There are other products, that one happens to have convenient packaging. The strings last much longer that way

Don't use it on your fiddle. 

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:47:31 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

252 posts since 9/1/2019

Yeah but they aren't available on this continent, and postage is sketchy. A microfiber cloth works, but on the mandolin the strings are hard to clean cuz they're doubled, and I don't care about the guitar strings cuz they're used ones off of my dad's guitar and the bridge is gonna come off soon probably and it doesn't sound awesome anyway, it's easy to play though, so I practice on it

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:56:55 PM
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1424 posts since 12/11/2008

Wear your blackened fingertips proudly.

Oct 3, 2019 - 9:03:17 PM

bitman

USA

12 posts since 9/1/2019

Happens every time I play for any length of time.

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:44:48 PM
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BobY04

USA

5 posts since 10/14/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Lonesome Fiddler

Wear your blackened fingertips proudly.


I cannot agree more.

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:23:13 AM

7819 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Woodcutter

I get black fingertips, especially after playing longer than usual, but have assumed it's from the strings, not the fingerboard.


I just did a little test.. I have an ebony fingerboard that is NOT stained.. I took clean fingers and rubbed them JUST ON THE STRINGS.. and Yes.. not they have black on them.!!

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:09:02 AM

Snafu

USA

37 posts since 2/2/2014

Isaac -I am curious about what strings you are using? I have never seen it except when I play guitar with brass/bronze strings.

FWIW all my violin E strings have been of the coated/plated variety, never plain steel. Strings I have used so far are Obligato, Zyex, Dominant and Kaplan Amo.

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