I just became aware of this product yesterday. As always, I feel the need to check with BHO members before I make a buy. My fear about this product is that it might trash the surface of the fret board, I just never knew anyone made such a product. Does this stuff, or something else on the market like it really work for extending string life? Normally I use an old cotton sock to wipe the strings down, but I see they claim this stuff works better.
Note: In the past I have used Stridex Pads (used for acne) to take off dead skin from old strings. But I'm very concerned the Stridex method might be really bad for the fret board surface.
I have used Kwik Fret - Guitarist's Lubricant and Cleaner (Made in Australia) that contains Eucalyptus Oil. Did a very good job of lubricating the strings as well as removing Alan Munde's signature from the head (which I didn't want to do!)
I've used Fast Fret in the past. Expensive for what it is. I read somewhere that the liquid is just mineral oil. Container dries out quicker than expected. Does an OK job on the fretboard, though.
Says you can use on fretboard. I use it only on the strings. Quick application to strings before playing; quick application and wipe strings after playing. It probably doubles the life of my strings for me, from about 10-15 hours to maybe 25 hours. PLUS, the strings feel smoother during those 25 hours, less corrosion, and that's a big advantage.
Prior to playing, I also give a quick application to fingerpicks and thumbpicks. Feels like they stay a bit slicker during the playing session.
When the applicator dries, don't have to buy a new can of Fast Fret. Put several drops of a fretboard conditioner on the applicator and let it soak in. Have been using one can for a bout 4 years now.
A wipe down of the strings with a cotton cloth has worked well for me.
I'm with Alex. Have used it for 30 years, pretty much since it came out. Use it before playing, after done playing, possibly between tunes of you've got caustic sweat. Extends string life, cleans the fingerboard. I've said from the get go, if there ever was a product I'd endorse, it would be Fast Fret.
I use Fast Fret too, but not frequently. A good wipe with a clean rag after I play helps. Depends on your strings and the content of your perspiration. Once my son’s buddy picked up my Harmony open back and fooled around with it for a couple of minutes. The next day I picked it up and the strings were totally corroded! This was before I switched back to GHS stainless steel stings.
I saw a banjo picker in Maine one summer. Between every tune, he applied Fast Fret. I didn't understand it then, and I still don't. It is totally unnecessary. I live in humid coastal North Carolina, and have never seen the need for such a product. I have tried it and find it too bothersome. It seems like an expensive gimmick that makes a mess of the fingerboard. A dry soft cloth will keep your strings and fingerboard gunk-free. A properly set-up banjo and a light touch does not require anything additional to ensure easy playing.
I used Fast Fret when I was in a band, going to festivals and jamming a lot. It seemed t make the strings slicker, easier to do slides, and friction was almost non-existent.
Dave played acoustic-electric bass and we used it on his Martin almost every time he played it as he seemed to have something in his system that quickly made the strings corrode. Fast Fret slowed that problem down.
Earl used to lube his thumb pick by sliding it across the side of his nose. The sweat works as a lube. I used to do it when I played. If your fingers are acid string eaters, wiping down the strings after playing would be about as effective.
Fast Fret is great stuff! A container lasts virtually forever, and if you ever feel like it’s gotten dried out just add a few drops of mine real oil to the applicator. I’ve been using the same can for 8+ years and have yet to find the need to refill the applicator. Each can comes with a small cloth and over time, the cloth will become saturated with oil and serves as a mini applicator as well.
I don’t use it on a daily basis, but I probably use it about once a week. I have found if I spend a lot of time outdoors in humid areas I tend to use it more, but that’s just my experience.
Thanks for all the replies friends. I guess I might give this stuff a shot, as long as nobody says the stuff can HARM a banjo. I wonder if it's made of anything more than mineral oil?
Toothless in Kentucky ....Some say Possum grease and a tad amount of mineral oil . It works fine for me. No inlay lift and fingerboard is still radiused as originally built ... No issues at all...
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