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D'Addario Planet Waves XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner 

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XLR8 is the fast and easy string lubricant and cleaner. XLR8 removes friction for faster playing while at the same time cleans your strings for prolo...Click To Read More About This Product

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Removes friction for faster playing while prolonging the life of your strings.

XLR8 is the fast and easy string lubricant and cleaner. XLR8 removes friction for faster playing while at the same time cleans your strings for prolonged life and fresh string tone. Simply take the ergonomic applicator and wipe up and down the strings and thats it. XLR8 will also condition the fretboard as it works.


Maintain new string tone and feel while enjoying frictionless playing. Order today.

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D'Addario Planet WavesXLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner
 
3.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One great product.

The product does what it says very well. It does seem to dry out fairly soon, though, even when kept closed in its container. It would be nice if you could supply a...Read complete review

The product does what it says very well. It does seem to dry out fairly soon, though, even when kept closed in its container. It would be nice if you could supply a "rejuvenate" fluid, to extend the mileage, as the cost is a little high for regular use for most of us on budgets. As it is, we have to abandon the product when it is dry, but still clean - that's a shame, because it is really good.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Stay away

XLR8 is Planet Waves' unfortunately-named attempt at competing with GHS Fast Fret. It succeeds in effect - it cleans and lubricates strings fairly well, probably just as well as Fast Fret to be...Read complete review

XLR8 is Planet Waves' unfortunately-named attempt at competing with GHS Fast Fret. It succeeds in effect - it cleans and lubricates strings fairly well, probably just as well as Fast Fret to be honest, leaving them smooth and easy to play. And it's packaged in a more convenient applicator and with a metal case that (supposedly) increases life span.

Unfortunately, XLR8 does not last long. At all. I purchased some at a local music store as an alternative to Fast Fret. Despite storing it in the metal tin at all times and using it twice per play session as recommended, it only lasted, at best, three months. This is in stark contrast to Fast Fret, where a single "stick" will easily last you several years. I've also had string cleaners in standard bottles that have lasted far, far longer.

Simply put, stay away. XLR8 works, but considering how quickly it dries up it's also a waste of money when there are better alternatives out there.

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2.0

Good product, but doesn't last..

By Dave in SLC

from Salt Lake City, UT

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Does't last
  • No refill
  • Not cost-effective

Best Uses

    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner:

    Too bad about this product. It works very well, and would be ideal, if the product would either last longer, or have an available refill or "refreshing" liquid. Since it doesn't, Planet Waves is not interested in making this part of the experienced musician's 'tool-kit.'

     
    5.0

    LOVE IT!!!

    By Eric

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner:

      I bought this product for my bass guitar because I play outdoors a lot. Quite often, sliding on the strings becomes very difficult due to heat and perspiration. A friend of mine recommended that I try D'Addario XLR8 to see if it would solve the problem, and it did!

       
      5.0

      great product

      By zeke

      from Florida

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner:

          excellent product cleans strings and my instrument sounds good.

           
          5.0

          This Works Surprisingly Well

          By Michael

          from Perkasie, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Feels Like You're Playing A Stick Of Butter
          • Good Quality
          • Lubes Up The Strings Something Fierce
          • Removes Some Corrosion

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Before A Show
            • Before Practice

            Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner:

            I had an old set of Dunlop strings on my 8 string, and they started to get rusty and corroded, but a few wipe downs with this and the rust and corrosion was almost completely gone. If I had this sooner, I could have made this set of strings last so much longer. Definitely something worth the price, and definitely something I'm going to purchase again.

             
            5.0

            Excellent Product

            By GRex

            from Tampa, FL

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner:

                I play four guitars a day, this product removes grime left by fingers, keeps the strings in great shape.

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Doesn't Last

                By Morsey23

                from Massachusetts

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                Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner:

                Dried up in about a week. Get Stringlife polymer coating instead

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                XLR8 STRING LUBE AND CLEANED

                By Michael

                from undisclosed

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner:

                  good smooth ease of use, brighten sounds of older strings nice addition to using Fast Fret to insure a longer life for my strings.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  MEDIOCRE-EXPENSIVE

                  By PETER

                  from BOCA RATON FLORIDA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Functional

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner:

                      GHS FAST FRET LAST ALOT LONGER A WORKS BETTER....DUNLOP 65 WAAAY LESS $$$ AND BETTER

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      One great product.

                      By jerry

                      from houston tx

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound
                      • Improves string life.

                      Cons

                      • cost is a little high.

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Before & after playing.
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner:

                      The product does what it says very well. It does seem to dry out fairly soon, though, even when kept closed in its container. It would be nice if you could supply a "rejuvenate" fluid, to extend the mileage, as the cost is a little high for regular use for most of us on budgets. As it is, we have to abandon the product when it is dry, but still clean - that's a shame, because it is really good.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Don't waist your money.

                      By Podunk

                      from Miami OK.

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Poor Quality

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner:

                        really hard to tell how good this stuff is since the applicator seemed to be half dried up when i got it. mabe thats all you get.not much of it and im not impressed.

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