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D'Addario Planet Waves XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner

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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
 
3.3

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

47%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Functional (8)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), 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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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Stay away

By sea

from Toronto, ON

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

  • Inferior To Competition
  • Runs Out Quickly

Best Uses

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

    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.

    (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

    (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

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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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Don't like it.

          By Wilson

          from Cleveland , Ohio

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Quality

            Best Uses

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

              First order was just a empty can. MF replaced it pronto.
              All that is in it is a small applicator. Poor quality. I would say this is a ill conceived idea/ Don't see this product being around very long.

              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Didn't like it

              By Wilson

              from Traverse City MI

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Not Functional

                Best Uses

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

                  Too dry for any useful effect

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Product

                  By GRex

                  from Tampa FL

                  About Me Professional Musician

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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.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      String Lube

                      By Shaolinjack

                      from La

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

                      Easy to use, works great. I used to get a scratchy sound out of my banjo and changed strings,
                      picks etc. Used this stuff and now have smooth sailing. I use it ahead of the bridge on my 5-string
                      and my guitar and it really speeds up the picks.....keeps string bright.

                       
                      2.0

                      I'm not too impressed

                      By Edward

                      from Edmonds, WA

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Less Messy
                      • No smelly grease

                      Cons

                      • Does not improve sound

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

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

                      I bought this product because I was looking to replace my Dunlop string cleaner/conditioner or GHS FastFret string cleaner which I have been using for years. I prefer using D'Addario strings which made me want to try out this product. When I first received the item, it was out of the tin can and the wipe has its own cover. By the time I used it a couple of days later, it was already dried out. I contacted MF and they gave me a replacement immediately. The 2nd item I received from MF was sealed better. Upon using it, I can't tell any tonal difference after using it unlike Dunlop and GHS string cleaner/conditioner. However, it is less messy with application and it does not have a smell which I got used to with Dunlop and GHS.

                       
                      5.0

                      i will buy this again

                      By davet358

                      from statesville nc

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

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

                        everyday use

                         
                        1.0

                        It's a string tone killer

                        By Diego

                        from Bogota - Colombia

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Kills tone
                        • Poor Quality

                        Best Uses

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

                          I'm always looking for products that improve string life and tone. While I like the "Renew string cleaner" by D'addario and will recommend its use, the XLR8 immediately killed the tone of my new Ernie Ball strings and I don't recommend its use to anybody.

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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

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                            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

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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

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                                  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.

                                    (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.

                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Works great!

                                      By Reviewer of Product

                                      from Wisconsin

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Functional

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                          It does the job well.

                                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Really works!

                                          By gdw3

                                          from SoCal

                                          About Me Professional Musician

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

                                          I got one of these for free, so I tried it out. Wow, it really works! I never even considered wanting to lubricate my strings, because I was afraid of gummy stuff. This product cleans the finger dirt off the strings, and leaves a nice slick feel, w/ no residual gunk. Lessens the noise when I move my hands up and down the neck. Pleasantly surprised! I plan on getting one for each guitar and just leaving them in the cases.

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