#1
I was just wondering if you really need to use a special "string cleaning" spray to clean strings. like is there something more common you could use? like water or something? Thanks!
#2
umm I'm pretty sure using water would rust the **** out your strings, its happened to me before
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#3
I know that cleaners for the strings are used to keep the fresh "bark" out of the strings, and extends life. But I know alot of players are attracted to that old string sound.

The best way to keep the strings good is to use a dry cloth before and after playing. And once a while use a cleaner. Water like the guy before will rust the string.

You don't need string cleaners... But it won't kill ya to have it in your guitar case
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#4
FastFret costs less than ten bucks and lasts for two decades.
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#5
The easiest way is just to wipe after you play. I also have fast fret and it does work a bit as well.
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#6
Oh, I forgot a disclaimer: it seems like with FastFret it makes the strings squeak worse when sliding. I mean, if you can live with the squeaks, its a great product, but it drives me insane.
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#7
Alright Thanks guys! besides the fast fret thing is there any other brands that are good or bad?
#8
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I was just wondering if you really need to use a special "string cleaning" spray to clean strings. like is there something more common you could use? like water or something? Thanks!


This is bound to attract a load of flak, I suppose.

Well here goes nothing - I use KYSER brand, Dr Stringfellows Lem-Oil on the fretboard, AND I don't remove the strings each time.

I just follow the instructions and it seems to keep everything clean and fresh?


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#9
I'm wondering if this stuff might be more effective if your acoustic is going to be sitting for a time without being played. If you only pick it up once or twice a week sort of thing.

I've tried Elixer, Ernie Ball coated etc and find they all still sound dead in 2-3 weeks for me. My guit gets 3 hours minumum per day of use, so I don't think in this case the cleaners will add much life.
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#10
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I'm wondering if this stuff might be more effective if your acoustic is going to be sitting for a time without being played. If you only pick it up once or twice a week sort of thing.

I've tried Elixer, Ernie Ball coated etc and find they all still sound dead in 2-3 weeks for me. My guit gets 3 hours minumum per day of use, so I don't think in this case the cleaners will add much life.


lets say guitar strings are designed to last for x amount of hours of playing on average conditions (someone who doesn't wipe their strings down and only cleans the fretboard not very often). say an average set of uncoated strings last about 30 hours, so an hour a day.

most people don't play an hour a day, so when someone like you plays 3 hours minimum a day, your strings will wear out insanely fast, no matter which kind you use.

it might help to wipe your hands down every time they feel sweaty.
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#11
Quote by fire_fret05
I was just wondering if you really need to use a special "string cleaning" spray to clean strings. like is there something more common you could use? like water or something? Thanks!

Nope. You don't need them. Some people swear by string cleaners and some, like myself, don't bother with them. Regardless of your opinion, don't use water. That will only cause more problems.

I should also add that I replace all my strings bi-monthly or so.
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#12
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lets say guitar strings are designed to last for x amount of hours of playing on average conditions (someone who doesn't wipe their strings down and only cleans the fretboard not very often). say an average set of uncoated strings last about 30 hours, so an hour a day.

most people don't play an hour a day, so when someone like you plays 3 hours minimum a day, your strings will wear out insanely fast, no matter which kind you use.

it might help to wipe your hands down every time they feel sweaty.



LOL... there's about a dozen sweaty palms jokes that came to mind when I read that last line. Good advice, just funny too.
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#13
a friend of mine told me that you can boil your strings, he swears by it, but ive never tried it. he says it cleans them all off like new and brings the tone back to almost like new. its worth a try i guess, nothin really to lose, if it works then you wont have to buy new strings all the time, if not oh well..........


i just buy 12 packs of strings so i dont bother.
#14
^ Many people claim that it works. If you ever try it, don't use the same pot to cook food again. The only problem with boiling idea is that the strings will tend to weaken at the top where they're tied around the post.
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I tried it once. Didn't really seem to do anything except bring back that orginal shine on the metal windings. To me, the tone difference was a bit noticeable but minute, not worth the bother...
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a friend of mine told me that you can boil your strings, he swears by it, but ive never tried it. he says it cleans them all off like new and brings the tone back to almost like new.

Utter nonsense. It may take a bit of the residue off, but otherwise is a total waste of time.
#17
I just wipe my strings down at the end of the day. I like my strings to sound well worn in.

String cleaners are a waste of money if you ask me.


Water, will ruin your strings.
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#18
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Utter nonsense. It may take a bit of the residue off, but otherwise is a total waste of time.



Ya thats what i figured, thats why i never did it, seemed silly to me.
#19
I keep getting myself some alcohol wipes from the hospital - they're used for swabbing injects and the like. They're pretty effective.

But yeah, wash hands, wipe down guitar
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#20
^ Just be careful with alcohol, it can ruin certain finishes, if i'm not mistaken.
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#21
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^ Just be careful with alcohol, it can ruin certain finishes, if i'm not mistaken.


...oohh ****.
I've been using this for half a year on my 12 string. Do you know which finishes they are?

Will it make a big impact?
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...oohh ****.
I've been using this for half a year on my 12 string. Do you know which finishes they are?

Will it make a big impact?
Well, have you noticed any change on the finish of your guitar? I'm pretty sure you'd be able to tell if you've been doing it for half a year.
#23
Hmm, not really. Although i'll check properly when i get home tonight. Mind you, its only gently touching the strings - we're talking about a tiny patch coated in alcohol, thats used for swabs. It just glides over them, then it evaporates and i wipe it.

Still think i should be careful?
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#24
It should be ok as long as it's only touching your strings. I'm not sure which type of finish is affected by it, but it's most likely some sort of high gloss finish. Can anyone else confirm this? Again, i'm not 100% sure.
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#25
Thanks, i'll have look myself if i dont get an answer on here.

I feel all the wiser now...kind of.
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