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Discussion in 'The Sevenstring.org Workbench' started by Gmork, Jun 10, 2015.
Personally, I wouldn't recommend putting any oils/lubricants on your strings. What you may want to try out is to place the guitar in a room with a higher humidity, this could be a quick fix if this is what has caused the problem.
What strings are you using if you don't mind me asking?
- Walnut Whip
Strings are supposed to be dry.
Oil is going to cause excessive buildup of dirt and grime and anything water based is going to lead to oxidation.
It sounds like the strings are just rough. Did you switch to a new brand or line? Steels typically feel more course than nickel coated and nickel coated feel rougher than polymer coated.
GHS Fast Fret?
Not necessary a lubricant, but after cleaning the strings/fretboard, the strings feel more slippery.
Fast Fret is an oil based lubricant with alcohol added to clean.
For the longest time I thought its main purpose was cleaning haha
The more you know
I was just wondering if the double posting issues with the old board were gone now... guess there's my answer. Feel free to delete.
No idea why I've decided to answer now!
I've used Fast Fret for years. Use it before playing, wipe down strings, and wipe down strings after playing. Never had any problems and I like the slippy-slidey feel to the strings.
FWIW I don't play coated strings.
Ha, I just now realized that out of my double post, the information post got deleted and the one that asked to be deleted stayed.
Oh well. I can't even recall what I had said. Probably me babbling on about how all of the commercial products are just mineral oil anyway, and about how the mineral oil will just get all over your hands and wear off, but leaves mineral oil instead of nasty skin oil (or, maybe I was thoughtful enough to realize it'd realistically be a mixture of the two, but still better than just skin oil) in the little crevices in the strings.
But yeah, strings are not supposed to be wet. If they are corroded, then they need to be replaced with not-corroded ones, since there is no way to un-corrode them, except smelting them down and respinning, which is not likely to happen without uninstalling them anyway.
I use Dunlop 65 string cleaner and conditioner. Important: I put it on a microfiber cloth (the kind you get to clean glasses) and put some on there and wrap it around the string going up and down once. Most of the products have integrated tools to apply it but it should not only be applied to the top of the string, but all the way around it.
Given that I only play guitar for chicks, I feel that hand sweat from being nervous does wonders for lubricating the strings.