#1
Well - I use a lot of finger ease on my strings, and since its citrus-based, would citrus-based furniture polishes such as Behold, etc, be safe on strings? I heard you can use it, but I just wanted to be safe.

Since finger ease is getting too damned expensive, would it be okay to substitute furniture polish?
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From what I have been told the silicone basing of most furniture polishes IS NOT healthy for the finish of your guitar.
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#3
how much do you pay for finger ease?? i pay 3.95 a bottle where i live. granted i live 20 minutes from its manufacturing plant.
#4
Its about 7-8$ a bottle where Im from.
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+1

no for silicone based products.
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On most electric guitars, there's very little exposed wood. Silicones are prevalent in automotive waxes, where they're very effective against the sun and weather.

Most arguments against wax, come from the acoustic camp, where it is believed that "wax build up", will change the tone of the instrument. I doubt that would be the case with a solid body guitar.

If you're freaked out about silicones in waxes, I suggest seeking a natural carnuba wax based compound.

Bear in mind that both lacquer and polyurethane guitar finishes, are mostly identical to their counterparts in automotive finishing anyway. Most car waxes are cleaner/ waxes. That may not be the best case, but I'm uncertain if non cleaner waxes are still available. As infrequently as a guitar has to be waxed anyway, I even wonder if that's worth worrying about.

Since we've established that Old English Lemon Oil is OK to use on fret boards, from time to time, I'd use that for the board.

However, it mostly just bounces off polyurethane. Well first it smears for a bit. It's intended purpose is for more porous wood finishes.

Keep in mind the all these boutique products aimed strictly at guitar owners, are (IMHO), overpriced, commensurate with preying on the musician's paranoia about damaging his prized possession.

As far as "finger ease" and the silicone lubricants it contains, meh, I've heard that Eric Clapton has said, he likes to eat fried chicken before he plays. (Fact or urban legend, who knows)?
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#7
Why do you need finger ease? What is that?

You should just be using fretboard lemon oil about every 6 months or so, and not on the strings.
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You bet! Real men use fried chicken or nothing....!
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Finger ease? Lemon oil? WTF is this shit?

Just play your guitar and let it age. It already decreased in value by 55% after you plucked the first string for the first time.
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My best advice would be to google Fret Doctor. Do not use furniture polish. I used Finger Ease almost 40 years ago. I'm amazed it's still made!
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be careful, i know nitro'd guitars react different to cleaners differently than thier poly counterparts. make sure if you are cleaning a guitar with nitro, that you use something nitro safe. i messed up the nitro on a spot while testing it in an inconspicous place on one of my guitars. i dont know what is proper though for nitro, but do not use the yellow dunlop 65... cause that is what didn't agree with my little spot of nitro.
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#18
I have used GHS Fast Fret and Dunlop Ultraglide 65 on my strings and I have used Dunlop 65 on the fretboard (the yellow stuff he spoke of) and have had no problems so far (except allergy to Fast Fret). I also use Pledge on my body, headstock, and back of neck. Just don't use the Pledge on the fingerboard, it's better to stick to stuff made for unfinished wood on the fingerboard. Pledge is for finishes.
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Just use plain mineral oil from a drug store. It costs a couple dollars and a bottle will last for years. Just dab a little on the tip of a Fast Fret applicator once a year and you're set.
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I have used GHS Fast Fret and Dunlop Ultraglide 65 on my strings and I have used Dunlop 65 on the fretboard (the yellow stuff he spoke of) and have had no problems so far (except allergy to Fast Fret). I also use Pledge on my body, headstock, and back of neck. Just don't use the Pledge on the fingerboard, it's better to stick to stuff made for unfinished wood on the fingerboard. Pledge is for finishes.


+infinity. If you are gonna use something on your stings, use Fast Fret, will last you forever, and is extremely cheap.
#21
Why not just use what's meant for it?
$8 a bottle is only bad if you use a bottle a day
I clean my guitars regularly and still have my little bottle of dunlop 65 I bought probably 2 years ago
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Do NOT use mineral oil. Everybody, do yourself a favor and check out Fret Doctor. Their site has a lot of great info about why you shouldn't use many things on your guitar.
#23
First off - I use a shitload of finger ease. I like my strings to be smooth as a babys ass. A bottle generally lasts me a week or two, and I just want a cheaper alternative. So far I just spray the citrus polish onto a cotton pad and wipe my strings down, then dry them off with another towel. I just tested it on my bass and dayum are the strings smooth. Im not worried about it getting on the finish, I just need to lube my strings.

With that purpose in mind - will citrus based polish such as Behold, Pledge, etc do the trick?
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#24
you should not use silicone based products on a guitar.

why do you keep asking?
that's the right answer
but do what you want just know
if you do, then never take that guitar to a shop


or you might contaminate other guitars.
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you should not use silicone based products on a guitar.

why do you keep asking?
that's the right answer
but do what you want just know
if you do, then never take that guitar to a shop


or you might contaminate other guitars.


Jesus you act like silicone is radiation. Everyone has said it can be bad for finishes, not strings. As I said, it never touches the finish.
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Do NOT use mineral oil. Everybody, do yourself a favor and check out Fret Doctor. Their site has a lot of great info about why you shouldn't use many things on your guitar.
+ 1

http://www.beafifer.com/boredoctor.htm
4. Mineral oil merely coats the surface, giving it a bright sheen, but does not penetrate the wood. This oil prevents absorption by a plant oil after the fact. This includes most bore oils, but not all. Read the label. Most so-called fretboard treatments and bore oils are no more than inexpensive mineral oil with a scent added, like lemon.

5. Silicone-based furniture polishes also make it shiny but prevent later penetration in the short term. Silicone also eventually migrates into the wood, integrating with the cellulose structure and breaking it down.
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Jesus you act like silicone is radiation. Everyone has said it can be bad for finishes, not strings. As I said, it never touches the finish.


They are saying do not use it on a guitar period.
I would be worried if they say not to, because the strings do touch the fret board.

Try to find a cheaper alternative online, Of course guitar center is probably charing $8 a bottle for something you can get online for $3
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Lemon Pledge!!
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#31
No, do not use furniture polish anywhere near your guitar. It will dry out any exposed wood and it can perminantly stain some kinds of finish while doing nothing for others. There's no point to trying it, at best it will do nothing and at worst and very likely it will **** things up.
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First off - I use a shitload of finger ease. I like my strings to be smooth as a babys ass. A bottle generally lasts me a week or two, and I just want a cheaper alternative. So far I just spray the citrus polish onto a cotton pad and wipe my strings down, then dry them off with another towel. I just tested it on my bass and dayum are the strings smooth. Im not worried about it getting on the finish, I just need to lube my strings.

With that purpose in mind - will citrus based polish such as Behold, Pledge, etc do the trick?

Honestly dude, why do you need the strings to be so slick? Most people dont use anything on their strings period, and they manage just fine.

If you really insist on your strings being so slick, why dont you try out some flat-wound strings?
#33
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Jesus you act like silicone is radiation. Everyone has said it can be bad for finishes, not strings. As I said, it never touches the finish.


i didnt say it was bad for finishes.


it's just like radiation.

if you use it on your guitar, and take it into a shop.
and he uses his tools, rags to set up your guitar,

the silicone transfers to his work area and the next guy
can't refinish his guitar.

you asked a very straight forward question.
"furniture polish, is it safe?"
and i gave you a straight forward answer.
no it's not.


choose to ignore it if you wish, but dont shoot the messenger.
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