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UkerDanno
11-10-2015, 04:29 AM
Strumming Living Waters for just 20-30 minutes results in the tip of my strumming finger turning black. I've never seen this on other strings, I use/used Martins on my style 0 and my old C1K and never had this result. A friend has also had this happen with her Living Waters.

Does anyone else have this happen? I just wonder if I'm breathing toxic carbon dust or something. I suppose I could be strumming too hard...

KoaDependent
11-10-2015, 04:43 AM
Very curious. I take it you just installed them, but did you just purchase them recently as well? I've put at least 4 sets on various ukes and never noticed this.

hollisdwyer
11-10-2015, 05:05 AM
I've used two sets to date and have never seen that happen before. I'd suggest that you contact Ken Middleton and enquire about it.

stevejfc
11-10-2015, 05:11 AM
I have 3 ukes strung with LW.............never had any problem. I agree, you should contact Ken.

Jon Moody
11-10-2015, 05:14 AM
This is fairly common with WOUND strings, as it's usually a chemical reaction between the player's skin pH and the metal. But I've never heard of it on any non-wound string.

wayfarer75
11-10-2015, 05:45 AM
I've never had that happen, and I've gone through a few sets of them. Just put a new bunch on a uke a week ago, and it's totally fine. That's a new one for me!

bunnyf
11-10-2015, 06:08 AM
Has never happened and I have had many sets. Curious.

hendulele
11-10-2015, 06:13 AM
I loved LWs initially but found the tension a little too high for my playing. I prefer Worths or Martins or (horrors!) Seaguar fishing line — thanks, bazmaz —*because the feel with them is a little less rigid/stiff/tight. So yes, it's possible you're strumming hard enough to bruise your fingertips, especially if you tend to bruise easily. Stranger things have happened. It would be worthwhile to contact Ken, nonetheless.

UkerDanno
11-10-2015, 06:55 AM
So yes, it's possible you're strumming hard enough to bruise your fingertips, especially if you tend to bruise easily. .

oh, it's not a bruise, it washes off...

g'est
11-10-2015, 07:44 AM
Living Water strings are my favorite and I've never had any issues with them.

hendulele
11-10-2015, 09:02 AM
oh, it's not a bruise, it washes off...

Hmm ... </scratches chin>

pritch
11-10-2015, 10:20 AM
I recently ordered some LW strings and will scrutinise my fingers with renewed interest after the strings are fitted.

WestyShane
11-10-2015, 10:43 AM
Did you try wiping the strings off with a damp cloth? Maybe it's just some sort of residue left over from the manufacturing process. I wouldn't worry about it.

Jerwin
11-10-2015, 06:16 PM
I got 3 ukes strung with LW which are played on daily basis and everything is fine.

bazmaz
11-11-2015, 12:28 AM
Never had that with ANY strings really - sounds very odd. I would certainly contact Ken in case it is something he doesn't know about and a bad reel of his raw strings?

Hms
11-11-2015, 01:51 AM
Danno,
suggest wiping strings before playing so you know the strings are clean.
Do you sweat when playing, maybe some reaction between the strings and your sweat/skin?
Has anyone else played that uke, did they suffer the same problem, if so likely the strings, if not likely you.
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bonesigh
11-11-2015, 02:06 PM
Interesting. LW's are my favorites to date. Never any problems.

bman40
11-11-2015, 02:27 PM
I loved LWs initially but found the tension a little too high for my playing. I prefer Worths or Martins or (horrors!) Seaguar fishing line thanks, bazmaz *because the feel with them is a little less rigid/stiff/tight. So yes, it's possible you're strumming hard enough to bruise your fingertips, especially if you tend to bruise easily. Stranger things have happened. It would be worthwhile to contact Ken, nonetheless.

I am REALLY digging the sound of the Seaguar line on my ukes.... half the price (or less) of Worth clear strings, and the sound is amazing. I'm not sure I will ever buy 'brand name' strings again.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
11-11-2015, 02:29 PM
i second what bonesigh says, i love living water strings, i use them on soprano and concert ukes, i've never had anything happen like you describe. as other folk have said yes wound strings are a nightmare in this regard, i love them! because i like wound strings on low g tenor, and on baritone ukes, i use mostly aquilas for those, baritone especially is a filthy business, two wound strings out of four! very black strumming fingers! but again as people say, that's because of the metal on the wound strings. for an all-fluorocarbon uke, it just does not compute................

Mxyzptik
11-11-2015, 02:56 PM
I have them on my tenor and my baritone. No issues like this what so ever.

UkerDanno
11-11-2015, 05:32 PM
I wiped them off with a damp white paper towel and no black came off. I'm playing at a jam tomorrow, I'll see what happens.

Mandalyn
11-11-2015, 05:46 PM
I wiped them off with a damp white paper towel and no black came off. I'm playing at a jam tomorrow, I'll see what happens.

I hope that works for you. I have not had that issue with my living water strings before.

UkerDanno
11-12-2015, 05:38 PM
No, black tonight, but we didn't play too much in a 2 hour "Jam", sometimes our leader talks too much...

hibiscus
11-13-2015, 05:02 PM
No problems here. . . my favorites!

njoyingaz
11-14-2015, 05:14 PM
My wife and I both practice ukulele together. She has frequently had a dark tip on her strumming finger and the dark washes off, just as you describe. She has all fluorocarbon strings. I have always suspected that the black was coming from the fret wires that she could be in contact with when she strums. When I cleaned the fret wires, the darkness was decreased, but not totally eliminated. Consider whether that could be it.

...Lee

Minor Adjustment
11-14-2015, 05:22 PM
very strange. LW on my Baritone, and they are clear (transparent-ish). Easy on the fingers, settling in nicely. Not sure how the black colour is added to the fishline when manufactured ?

SailingUke
11-15-2015, 08:31 AM
I play LW's almost exclusively and never saw this issue.

Ukulelerick9255
11-15-2015, 02:20 PM
Which set? I have the low g unwound set never had a problem

UkerDanno
11-20-2015, 12:37 PM
So...I went to a jam last night and played for about 2 hours, no black on my finger. Outdoor jam tomorrow, that's where I noticed the black, I'll let you know. In the meantime, don't worry about wearing a face mask while playing Living Waters...;-D

pritch
11-20-2015, 06:08 PM
I'm pleased to read that, my LW strings have arrived and I'll probably fit them next week. Not out of need really, just out of interest. My vernier caliper is in the old language and the measurements given are in mm, but it appears from my Mickey Mouse calculations that they are similar in size to the Fremont strings. We'll see :)

UkerDanno
11-21-2015, 03:19 PM
So...;-D today, went to an outdoor jam and after an hour of playing, this happened...
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It's more black than it appears in the pic's. And this is out on the outskirts of town in a populated, but not heavily traveled part of town, so it shouldn't be pollution. The Thursday jam was in a heavily commercial, busy part of town, but inside.

weird, huh?

UkerDanno
11-24-2015, 01:00 PM
it happened again, I'm not making this up...outdoor jam after playing for about an hour.
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sorry it's a little blurred, it's not a bruise, it just rinses off with water...