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    Default Strange question about Fremont Low G

    Does yours smell?

    All but one of my ukes have a Fremont Low G and I have never noticed it until now but they are all starting to smell very metallic after playing. I'm positive they never used to. They range in age from a few weeks to about 6 or 7 months old and all have the same whiff of old corroded metal. They all look and feel perfect though, not worn at all.

    Maybe it's just me?
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    Should just add, my hands aren't sweaty and I always wash them (and dry them) before I play
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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter View Post
    Maybe it's just me?
    Probably!

    Seriously, I've never noticed any smell, strange or otherwise, from my Fremont Soloist strings.
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    I use Freemont Soloists for low G, and have never noticed an odor.

    Maybe there was a particular batch of strings that have some odor? Not mine, though.

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    You might want to look into phantosmia.

    https://www.thehealthyapron.com/metallic-smell-nose

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    So of the three ukes that have the Fremont, one came from the US, one from the UK and one I strung myself. That's three different batches. Just sniffed them all and none are smelling now - it's only after I've played them for a while. And it's only been since lockdown, weirdly enough, I'm sure it's only been the last month to six weeks or so. I don't think it's the antibacterial handwash

    Maybe one day I'll find out.
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    No, I haven't noticed a metallic smell on my Fremont Soloist.
    Some questions:
    Where do you store the strings before using?
    Is the humidity high in the cases or room where you keep your instruments?
    Are any brand new, or have you had them all for a while?
    Did you get them all from the same seller, or multiple places?

    Finally, there may be some metal component in the bronze alloy that you are sensitive to. For example, some people have a nickle sensitivity. Bronze is made of copper and tin plus other possible alloys of aluminum, manganese, nickel or zinc, phosphorus and other elements.

    We can all smell iron as it oxidizes to rust. Many people can smell copper under the right circumstances.

    My mother couldn't wear watches for very long. Her skin reacted with the stainless steel on the backs. Gold & silver, no problem. So it could be the minute amount of oils and perspiration on your hands, reacting with the metal. Or the coating on the strings.

    Try wiping the strings down after you play and see if it goes away.
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    Where do you store the strings before using?

    In the case

    Is the humidity high in the cases or room where you keep your
    instruments?


    No, around 45% these days.

    Are any brand new, or have you had them all for a while?

    The oldest is from last November, the newest is less than three weeks old

    Did you get them all from the same seller, or multiple places?

    One from HMS, one from SUS, one set from ebay

    Odd thing is this has never happened before. I've been using the Fremont Low G for years and never noticed this before. I know it is more likely to be something new I am using which is reacting with the string but it will take a while to narrow it down. I've inspected the strings very closely under a bright led light and there is nothing wrong with them and no difference in look or feel the whole length of the string.
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    I was just sniffing mine to check it....when my wife walked in....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    I was just sniffing mine to check it....when my wife walked in....
    I've already sniffed my wife's guitar strings on each of her three guitars to see if I could detect anything and I was caught doing that too!
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