Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by merlin, Sep 1, 2001.

  1. merlin

    merlin Guest

    Ok i have a question. har har har very funny.

    Well anywho, i was wondering how do i get the bits of dead skin and grime out of my strings without boiling them? I usually run a medicated alcohol swab up and down them and that sorta helps, but i was wondering if there was some better way?

    I have boiled the strings before but i have no time and they are a fairly new set too, only about 2 months old.


  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Fill a big jar with alcohol and put them in there over night.
  3. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    The next morning, remove the strings before drinking. ;)
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    My doctor told me I need more iron.
    So it's best of both worlds really...:D
  5. Finding string grime?
    It's Elixier time.
  6. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Try to warsh and dry your hands before you start playing and wipe your strings with a clean cloth after each time. Don't forget to get underneath the strings too.

    And tell your slimy, sweaty, greasy guitar player to keep his sweaty mitts off of your bass when you go to the bathroom, unless he's gonna do the same! :D
  7. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Merls! :eek: Short-term memory loss? (must be all those
    electroshock treatments [​IMG] ). Camel spit has the same
    chemical makeup as Formula 409! ;)

    Maybe instead of a cotton swab, get a lint-free cotton
    cloth (or a camel-fur chamois?), load it with alcohol or
    GHS' "Fast Fret", wrap it`round the string and work it
    up & down, UP & down, UP &...oh MY! [​IMG]
  8. merlin

    merlin Guest

    Ahh camel spit of course! That kick to the head from Daisy the agro camel in Pen 51 must have dazed me more than i thought. Although we use camel spit to strip paint and dissolve concrete... :eek:

    I use the swabs but wouldn't alcohol be bad for say the fret board if i got any on there??

  9. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Yikes! I musta' got confused...maybe it's human "Mom" spit
    that's like Formula 409.
    Yarrrr,`tis probably true mayt...swabs == bad :rolleyes:.
    Eventually it'd dry out the board if it ain't sealed.

    GHS Fastfret's about the only thing I can think of for
    when the strings are ON there. Less than $10 (US) and
    they include the lint-free cloth :).

    Here's an "interesting" alternative to the boiling method
    from the bunnybass boards...
    Whoo-hoo! Yet another use fer your giddy-up / moderator stick! [​IMG]
  10. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    I have a package of GHS Fastfret, but the cloth is definitely not lint free. (It seems to be the same fabric as polish cloth.) Does lint make a difference?
    If it does, what kind/brand cloth should I use?
  11. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Hell I dunno. I use tapewounds mostly :D.

    Maybe a hunk of an old (100%) flannel shirt, or somethin' from
    Best Buy or Comp USA made for cleanin' CRTs', printers, etc.
    I guess they say "lint-free" with the idea that it doesn't leave
    more junk behind than it picks up.
  12. merlin

    merlin Guest

    My god that guy uses all those chemicals? hehee

    "but be careful tho, you don't wanna touch the strings while in solution, i have already lost three fingers... when you've finished, don't throw the liquid out, it makes good rocket fuel and if mixed with other chemicals can be explosive. So too, its better to burn the solution off with the strings in there (yeah u can't touch it remember!) as its been known to melt the pipes on the way down the sink, and my back lawn hasn't grown back.."

    Hehehe i'm sorry but its just soo stoopid.


  13. APouncer

    APouncer Guest

    Nov 3, 2000
    Lancashire, UK
    For a quick clean with no mess and no water, simply place the strings, one at a time, into the microwave.
  14. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    I soaked strings in autoparts cleaner for years. Overnight and then I blew them out with a nozzle and the air compressor. It works fine. These days, I remove them, throw them into the trash can and replace them with a set of like make and model.