What do you use to clean your strings?

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  1. KBH123

    KBH123 Strat-Talk Member

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    I’ve only ever used fast fret and am wondering if there are better products out there for cleaning strings. Any top recommendations?

    Thanks!
     
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    RobZ69 Senior Stratmaster

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    To be honest, I never clean my strings, but I read just wiping them with a cloth after playing should suffice.
     
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    RhinestoneStrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Organically developed toilet paper from Brazilian rainforests drenched in rubbing alcohol...cleans the black grime off the strings especially on the non-wound strings.:)
     
  4. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member

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    I don’t even bother. I once had a bottle of Gibson brand string cleaner. It came in a kit. Smelled like pure alcohol. And it didn’t really do that good of a job, so I just wipe down the strings with a rag when I’m done playing.
     
  5. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Fast Fret here too.
    Though I don't use it every time I play.
    Often I just wipe my guitar with a cloth.
    I never put it down/away dirty.

    PS - remember when Fast Fret came in a tin?
     
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    Turtle Wax ICE on a rag. They stay shiny forever.
     
  8. carver

    carver Gone strangling

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    Some pert plus should do the trick.
    Or fast fret. Dealers choice
     
  9. eclecticsynergy

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    I'm drenched after playing a set and my sweat is highly corrosive. Immediate wipedown with FastFret after playing is a habit that's served me well for decades. Still have to keep close track of the flight hours on each guitar though.

    Using it faithfully, I can get three full hours of stage time without starting to break strings. Ten or twelve hours rehearsing or jamming: I sweat less without stage lights, the strings don't get used as hard, and I don't need to be so cautious about forestalling breakage.


    As for stuff that's already crusted on, you might try naphtha.
    But swipe some FastFret orWD-40 on afterwards to prevent rusting.


    In the old days, guys used to boil old strings and put 'em back on their guitars. Don't know if anybody still actually does that - it might be less practical for light strings than it was for .013s with a wound G.
     
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  10. ChrisDowning

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    If you were going to use anything it would be meths. But since that will be bad for the fretboard, bad for any sort of varnish or finish, and it's highly inflammable - I don't use anything - just change the strings every 20-30 hours. Like £5 a set. Then I clean the guitars with Meguiar's Quik Mist and Wipe Detailer - as at one time recommended by Anderson Guitars and later taken up by Fender. .https://meguiarsonline.com/forums/s...ar-Care-products-(Sold-under-the-Fender-name)
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I gave that up by the end of the 70s. :D
     
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    Boubou Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I clean my fingers before I play, does that count?
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    Honestly...nothing. I use Elixer strings and I don’t sweat a great deal so they stay fairly gunk-free. Once they get a little hairy I’ll change them but that could be months between changes.

    In the old days, a little rubbing alcohol on a rag got the grit off.
     
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    I just give them a light wipe with a cloth. I rub the back of the neck a lot more than the strings, because that is where gunk tends to build up on mine, especially if I've recently used some form of hand sanitizer.

    I apparently have pretty non-corrosive chemistry with strings. I recently bought a bunch of Musicians Gear strings as an experiment to save a bit of money. I can tell no difference between them and the EBs or Dean Markley's I've used since 1977. I simply wipe them lightly when done playing and they seem to last as long and sound as good as the more expensive, but still cheap, strings I've always used.

    I've never tried any type of solution because I've never noticed any perceived need in my corner of the world.
     
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    I prefer a uniform and consistent coefficient of friction, so I too have long been a regular user of Fast Fret. However, I do not like the stick when new, too juicy. Once they dry up a bit they last a long time in that state before drying up completely. I put a little on the back of the neck and the guitar top where my arm rubs too. I've found I don't need to get it down on the fretboard, just a quick wipe on the strings works for me.
     
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    I used to use a paper towel and run it under each string. I found that it just seemed to hasten the demise of the strings. The plain ones especially would tarnish more quickly and begin collecting more dirt. Its not the result I would have expected.
     
  17. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    I don't clean them, I change them.
     
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  18. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    You're supposed to change them? :eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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    Not a darn thing, to be honest. Every so often I give my guitars a new set of strings. That is the extent of my responsibilities in the matter.

    "Life is short,' we hear. Yep, and it's getting shorter all the time. lol

    "Dirty Strings" is an interesting song title or band name.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Or turn them inside out.