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    Default Any new ideas about how to get rid of squeak with Aquila Sugar strings?

    I just got a new uke with Aquila sugar strings on it and it is driving me crazy with the squeaking. I saw there has been other posts on this issue. Did anyone come up with something to reduce this or does it stop in time? They have a nice sound other that the darn squeaks.
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    I recall that Aquila came out with "Squeakless" sugar strings last year (yay to it being 2021). Might be that you got the older ones. Others should be able to chime in on what worked and did not work.

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    Play it a lot. The squeak does wear off. Aquila has always suggested some lotion on the fingertips before playing.
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    The thread about string noise reminds me of a story about one of Ronnie Hawkins' guitar players.

    The Hawks were in the studio listening to a playback and Ronnie asked, "What's that squeaking sound every time you change positions?"
    The guitar player said, "That's just string noise."
    "Well I don't like it," said Ronnie. "Do it again with no string noise."
    "Hell, everybody makes string noise. Even Segovia makes string noise," said the guitar player.
    Ronnie said, "And you'll notice that he doesn't play in my band."

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    I will not tolerate string noise, and found the best remedy is to change to strings that don't make noise.


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    The noise is particularly noticeable with dry fingers.

    I think the general consensus was: lotion on the hands, or a little talcum powder. (If they still sell it.)

    The original Sugar strings squeak went away after a couple of months on my Pono. I haven't tried the new ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    The noise is particularly noticeable with dry fingers. I think the general consensus was: lotion on the hands, or a little talcum powder. (If they still sell it.) The original Sugar strings squeak went away after a couple of months on my Pono. I haven't tried the new ones.
    I think it's utterly ridiculous to resort to putting something on your fingers to remedy bad string design, especially when there are so many strings available that don't squeak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I think it's utterly ridiculous to resort to putting something on your fingers to remedy bad string design, especially when there are so many strings available that don't squeak.
    I totally agree with this. Try some strings by Worth, Fremont or Living Waters. Or even the Nylgut Aquilas. I have ukes with all these strings and none of them squeak.

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    I don't mind the squeak, but like Chris said, it goes away pretty quickly.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

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