Though not required, there's an advantage with using a hand powder when playing the Ashbory. It allows for smoother playing, less string noise, and for whatever reason improves the sound of the strings. As mentioned on the string packs for Fender Ashbory strings:
Note: Optimal performance is achieved when the player's hands are lightly dusted in talcum powder
Compared to baby powder, a Slyde-Rite:
- Doesn't have a scent (a big plus for me)
- Is superior in performance to baby powder
- It is smoother and slicker yet seems to stay on the hands better at the same time
- Comes in a handy pouch that fits in the gig bag zipper pocket
In short, a superior dry dubricant in about every way possible. It works better, stays to the hands better, and doesn't smell.