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String cleaners and string stiffness

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mariuste, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. mariuste


    Feb 3, 2012

    I have DR sunbeams on my p-bass now after having had lo-riders on for a while. I love both but suddenly the last couple of days the sunbeams seems to have become stiffer to the point that it is uncomfortable. The only thing I can think of has changed is that I have been using "GHS fast fret string cleaner and lubricant" on the strings and fretboard for maybe two weeks. I have just applied it after playing and followed the instructions on the bottle..
    I wonder if anyone else has experienced this?
    This seems to have ruined the nice feel of the strings.. so do I have to put on a set of new strings or is it something that can be done to reverse what it has done to the strings.. wiping/cleaning etc.?
  2. .
    I've been using GHS Fast Fret now for a few months. I give the strings a rub with it after every time I play my basses.
    I can't say I can notice any negative difference in playability or sound.
    The only thing I can feel is that my fingers slide across the strings a bit easier after using it.

    Try some Bass Brite wipes.
    www.bassstringsonline.com stock them.
    I've been using them on occasion more recently. They certainly seem to clean the strings well. There's always grey residue on the wipe after use.

    What works for me is:
    I use GHS Fast Fret every time I play.
    One in about six plays I'll hit the strings with a Bassbrites wipe to clean them thoroughly, followed by Fast Fret again to protect them.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I love these wipes they work very well.
  4. mariuste


    Feb 3, 2012
    OK, thanks for the suggestion. I will order some of that Bass Brite wipes.

  5. popgadget

    popgadget Commercial User

    Sep 4, 2005
    Eastern, PA USA
    Authorized Greenboy Designs Builder, Scabbey Road
    I use the alcohol wipes that are used in medical practice. (My wife's a nurse, I have an endless free supply. They work great, I use them to wipe my strings and neck.
  6. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    Been using Fast Fret since the 70's. Great stuff. These last a really really long time. Seems like I am only on my 4th or 5th can in 40 years.
  7. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    I'll look into it, but Fast Fret should not affect your strings in that regard AT ALL.
  8. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I suspect that your neck may have changed just enough to raise your action a bit. Might be worth experimenting with a small truss rod adjustment.
  9. mariuste


    Feb 3, 2012
    I really dont want to blame your string cleaner for doing this to the strings ..maybe the neck has changed a bit causing the action to be a bit higher as jallenbass said.. or maybe not. Cant say I notice if the action has raised. I will try to adjust it a bit anyway and see if it feels better.
  10. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    Oh I know, but I want to look into it regardless just to ensure that we're not doing it (and thus, won't have other people with the same issue).
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Had a recent weather change? That'll usually do it.

  12. . . . just make sure you put something between your fretboard and the strings . . .
  13. mariuste


    Feb 3, 2012
    Maybe a bit colder the last week. Did som small adjustements on action and truss rod, the feel is much better again now. Still not sure if that caused it. Maybe too easy to blame the string cleaner.

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