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Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?

Henry Krinkle 08 Oct 12 - 04:25 AM
GUEST 08 Oct 12 - 04:40 AM
Henry Krinkle 08 Oct 12 - 04:43 AM
GUEST,999 08 Oct 12 - 05:44 AM
Henry Krinkle 08 Oct 12 - 06:17 AM
kendall 08 Oct 12 - 06:38 AM
JHW 08 Oct 12 - 06:42 AM
Stanron 08 Oct 12 - 07:16 AM
GUEST,999 08 Oct 12 - 08:35 AM
GUEST,leeneia 08 Oct 12 - 09:02 AM
Henry Krinkle 08 Oct 12 - 12:17 PM
Girl Friday 08 Oct 12 - 12:38 PM
GUEST,Tony 08 Oct 12 - 01:29 PM
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Subject: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 04:25 AM

I'm curious. Does it help? Your playing? String life?
I think I read Earl Scruggs would run his fingers through his slicked up hair. Vitalis anyone?
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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 04:40 AM

I use spectacle cleaning cloths to clean my strings


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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 04:43 AM

I've used metal polishing wadding. Works.
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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 05:44 AM

There is a substance called Fastfret that works well. Not a lubricant per se, but it does help preserve the strings.


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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 06:17 AM

I'm wondering about lubricant. I think Roy Clark uses it too.
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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: kendall
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 06:38 AM

Fast fret


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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: JHW
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 06:42 AM

No but I use a fretboard dressing oil on the wood when I change strings. Recommended when I bought the guitar. Does it make any difference? Don't know. Its a habit, like turning out at folk clubs. Reminds me though I've just changed strings and forgotten all about the oil. Now I'll have to think where it is.


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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: Stanron
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 07:16 AM

I use a special digital lubricant that is absolutely state of the art. It's called sweat. Rub your fingertips between your nostril and face. Job done.


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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 08:35 AM

http://voices.yahoo.com/ghs-fast-fret-string-lubricant-cleaner-fails-to-849341.html

The article at that site is very good.


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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 09:02 AM

I use Fast Fret on my fretted dulcimer. My fingers come off the strings more smoothly, producing less twang. I like it that way.


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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 12:17 PM

I'll try it. I never liked that Fingerease stuff.
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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 12:38 PM

My other half uses Fast Fret, and he says Baby Oil works well.


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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 01:29 PM

The article that 999 linked to recommends against Fast Fret, but only on the basis of build-up. It didn't say anything about the obvious solution, which would be removing the last layer and any dirt stuck to it before putting a new layer on. Like a bicycle chain.


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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 06:53 PM

I try to wash my hands before practicing or using my stage guitar for performance. I try to wipe the strings before she goes back in the case. I use Fast Fret about once every two weeks or so. Sweat and other acids from the fingers begins a corrosion process on strings. Keeping them clean as possible both extends their 'shelf life' and their clarity.

Tony makes a good point.


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Subject: RE: Tech: String Lubricant: Do you use it?
From: GUEST,Roj
Date: 09 Oct 12 - 08:19 AM

Stringlife works a treat. Strings really do feel as if they're coated and are beautiful to play on. You get the advantage of being able to use the strings you prefer, but then the get the benefits that Elixirs offer - strings do last longer if you use it right, and sound better for longer. As guest, Tony says - getting the muck off after is as, if not more, important than what you put on.

Only problem is, I can never remember to put it on before I play - every time - then polish it off, and re-apply it - every time I finish. I'm just not good enough at all that routine stuff.

I have no commercial interest in Stringlife, but recommend it anyone who asks what I think about Fast fret and the rest.

It definitely helps with acid sweat issues. I used to knock out a new set of strings by the end of a 2 hour gig (totally - wouldn't even stay in tune) and now don't, even with chaotic use of the stuff.


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