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Lubricant for playing faster, and Musicman bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AlstottMVP2, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. AlstottMVP2


    May 9, 2007
    1. Do bass players ever use the stuff guitarists use to move across the fretboards faster?

    2. If so, what kind do you recommend?

    3. Will it mess up an EB Musicman bass?

    (sorry if Q is naive or idiotic!)
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    The best lubricant is practice.
  3. velvetphil

    velvetphil Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    I use Fast Fret from time to time. It helps a little, but I'm so used to playing without it that it usually just feels weird. It's great for cleaning junky strings though! I have a Stingray 5 by the way; no issues.
  4. mrokern

    mrokern TB's resident Rush freak

    Jul 20, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    I've got Fast Fret in my gig bag, used it a couple of times lately and it does work. Tips:

    1) DON'T OVERDO IT! Trust me, you won't be happy if you put a ton on.

    2) Make sure you follow the directions and wipe off the excess.

  5. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    +1 on GHS Fast Fret.

    Gives you a "lubricated" touch and also keeps your strings clean.
  6. fast fret when strings get dirty and adherent
  7. Rumblefisher


    Aug 22, 2007
    Astoria, NY
    Ask Steve Harris what he uses :)
  8. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
  9. I rub a chicken wing on my strings, works great!
  10. Oraflora


    Apr 18, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN
    best lubricant?
    I'd say a few shots of Jag.
    Won't help the coordination, but you may be a bit braver to go for it!
  11. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    I agree with BurningSkies--PRACTICE! Don't bother with a crutch such as spraying on crap onto your bass. Cheap shortcuts are not very good in getting your act together musically.
  12. +1... Don't bother with that, its just a way to get around practicing in order to fix a problem that you won't have if you practice a ton.
  13. Slats


    Apr 25, 2004
    Slick 50....helps keep my neck from smokin' and burnin' while I'm hittin' dem hot licks! ::cool:

    Yep, Tone Finger Ease. A light spray across the strings, and again over the back of the neck, a light bub with a guitar cloth and Wahlah! I like the feel and it probably helps protect the strings and finish of the neck to some extent. bassist:
  14. standupright


    Jul 7, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Brownchicken Browncow
    switch to flatwounds

  15. w33nie


    Jan 27, 2008
    unfinished neck
  16. wld3


    Jun 22, 2008

  17. lowtide

    lowtide Commercial User

    Oct 14, 2006
    Bradenton, Florida
    Owner: Buzzard's Bass Shop
    Talcum powder on your hands
  18. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
    Fast Fret is the best I've tried. Use every now and then...
  19. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings

    When I first learned how to play I had the typical problem of hands getting sweaty and causing friction. Way back then I did try Fast Fret and it did make the strings slick and fast.

    At some point, I'm not even sure when, I became more confident with my playing and maybe coincidentally, my hands didn't sweat anymore. Regardless of weather or whatever, never had the issue again. My strings also seem to last an abnormally long time.

    I think practice is excellent advice. Get comfortable with yourself and see if you experience the same coincidence.
  20. petch

    petch Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Medina, Ohio
    The terms "crutch" and "cheap shortcut" are a bit harsh. Some players have softer skin than others, and I personally like and use Fast Fret. It has never harmed my Sterling whatsoever. For the record, I have been playing since 1974 and I play pretty much every day.

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