#1
Hi.

I think people like the feel and appearance of clean strings and I myself am no exception.

What I would like to know is how do YOU clean your strings between playing?

As far as I know there's two options:

Fast Fret/Stuff which does the same thing
Wiping with a cloth

Of course with everything in life there's pro's and cons.

Fast Fret - Feels NICE. Extends string life - or so you are lead to believe. LEAVES GUNK.

Cloth - Clean but likely to get material stuck to strings I think and it won't feel so nice.

Am I missing an option?

Cleaning strings before restringing is interesting also but this makes me think that you should ideally have two sets of strings.

One set that are on your bass and another that are ready to string up. I have also been lead to believe that cleaning them in Methylated spirits/Denatured Alcohol is good. This can take a long period of time ...12-24 hours.

Do some people actually leave their guitars unstring for this length of time (just wondering)?

Looking forward to hearing from you all.
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#2
Best option is to get new strings. I've almost every trick in the book, all have proved to either make the strings feel nicer, or just sound duller than before. Stainless Steel strings will end up rusting if you boil them.

Do some people actually leave their guitars unstring for this length of time (just wondering)?

It's advised to never take all strings off for any period of time, unless you know how to adjust your truss rod and intonation.
Last edited by CLIFF_BURTON at Aug 14, 2009,
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Quote by CLIFF_BURTON
Stainless Steel strings will end up rusting if you boil them.

It's advised to never take all strings off for any period of time, unless you know how to adjust your truss rod and intonation.


These are hugely important factors for me.

Thanks for bringing this up.

Carry on people...
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Last edited by Ryan D' Ale at Aug 14, 2009,
#4
I clean mine with a lint free cloth. Planet Waves makes a nice one that is good for strings and removing fingerprints from the bass itself.
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Quote by CLIFF_BURTON
Best option is to get new strings. I've almost every trick in the book, all have proved to either make the strings feel nicer, or just sound duller than before. Stainless Steel strings will end up rusting if you boil them.

Do some people actually leave their guitars unstring for this length of time (just wondering)?

It's advised to never take all strings off for any period of time, unless you know how to adjust your truss rod and intonation.

I read somewhere that you can boil stainless steel strings in vinegar without them rusting. The longest I left a guitar stringless was about a week and a half, and the guitar (Ibanez GAX70) survived...
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Quote by Captain Insano
I really don't clean mine....

I do wash my hands before I play though....


Hmm I wouldn't say that's essential.

Surely it is more time efficient to do it after?

Unless you've got nasty things all over your hands.

I always wash my hands afterwards because I like rubbing my eyes.
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#8
if you do it before it will get grease and dirt off of your fingers meaning none/less is left on the strings
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if you do it before it will get grease and dirt off of your fingers meaning none/less is left on the strings


I guess that's a good method then
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#10
you can clean them with a lint-free cloth like anarkee said, and washing your hands before playing will help but sometimes i sweat while i play so my hands get greasy anyway.

I like to wipe my strings con brio with a cloth wetted with alcohol (and then wash my hands because that stuff is bad for you)
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Quote by capslockisnton

I like to wipe my strings con brio with a cloth wetted with alcohol (and then wash my hands because that stuff is bad for you)


That's pretty much along the lines of what I was hoping someone would say.

I'm still unsure of the 'safeness' of this as far as the guitar is concerned but lots of caution, common sense and using small amounts this would probably be effective.
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#12
I've read if you just leave them in denatured alcohol for a day or two it works really well. You can get it from any hardware store. But you leave them in a well ventilated area, such as a covered part of your garden or a garage, because that s*** is harmful.
Last edited by TheMcDay at Aug 17, 2009,
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I use a rather unorthodox method to clean my strings but it seems to work and extend the life of my bass strings. Even if you wash your hands your strings still collect skin, oil, dirt, sweat, etc. from your hands. After about a month of regular play on my bass strings I take them off the bass (I usually take this time to do a really nice job of cleaning the fretboard as well) and I take large empty water bottle and put a few ounces of rubbing alcohol in it. I then put the strings in the bottle and cap it. Now comes the fun part....I shake the bottle like a mad man for several minutes. I rest for a few minutes then do it again until the rubbing alcohol looks all nasty from the grime it took off my strings. I pour out the alcohol and usually cut the bottle open because it's easier to get the strings out. I let them dry and then I put them back on the bass and they feel super clean and sound nice and bright. My method is a little strange but its quick and it works well especially if you can't afford new strings for awhile.
#14
somewhere i saw a guy cleaning his strings with 0000 steel wool
seems like a good idea
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#15
Methylated spirits, white spirits, pure ethanol on a rag that doesn't leave bits. Scrapes dead skin off, wipes of grease and evaporates when your done, slight fume highs are an added bonus.
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Quote by Spaz91
Methylated spirits, white spirits, pure ethanol on a rag that doesn't leave bits. Scrapes dead skin off, wipes of grease and evaporates when your done, slight fume highs are an added bonus.


does anything that won't cause the strings to rust work? because i've been using pure IPA...
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Quote by Captain Insano
I really don't clean mine....

I do wash my hands before I play though....


Wash your hands, keep your neck clean, dust it off often and your strings will last a good bit longer. Changing strings is never a bad thing too. Lol.
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Would still be interested in anymore input to this thread....
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#19
I don't clean my strings. Mainly because I'm very VERY picky about the sound, so the strings don't last long enough to need to be cleaned.. Once my strings lose their funky twang, they're getting changed pretty soon after.
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#20
I wish i could afford getting new strings everytime I need it, but I cant. When I have to clean them, I un-string the bass before going to bed, soak them in denatured alcohol, and the first thing I do in the morning is letting them dry out for an hour, and then I restring. I have not had any problems with that on the bass, and you can do this 3-4 times before buying a new set again
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#21
I can't really afford it... But I did it anyway.
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