I decided to try the denatured alcohol thing, and I will say that it does bring the strings back fairly close to new-sounding, but I hate the feel of the strings after they've been soaked. They feel sticky like after you sweat all over a set of strings and don't wipe them down. I can wipe them down and 5 minutes later they feel sticky again. So my question is is there something I'm doing wrong in the process? I'll take them off, then put them in a tupperware bowl full of denatured alcohol for 2-3 days, then I take them out and let them air dry until I'm ready to use them. Should I rinse them with water or something? Does anyone else have this problem? BTW, I'm not looking for answers like use Fast-Fret or furniture polish on them. I don't like the feel of lubricants on my strings. So thanks if you were going to suggest it, but it's not a solution for me.