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GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner

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GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner cleans your musical instrument strings, brightens your sound, and prolongs fingerboard life while letting you play faste...Click To Read More About This Product

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For sleeker string and neck action.

GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner cleans your musical instrument strings, brightens your sound, and prolongs fingerboard life while letting you play faster than you ever imagined! Convenient applicator and cloth. For all stringed instruments.

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    GHSFast-Fret String Cleaner
     
    4.5

    (based on 189 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (146)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (9)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (59)
    • Functional (48)
    • Good quality (43)
    • Improves sound (31)

    Cons

    • Not functional (6)
    • Poor quality (5)

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (38)
    • Concerts (27)
    • Back-up (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (52), Professional musician (11), Novice (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best money I've ever spent

    Bought this in 2006 and it changed my playing! I can fly on solos and my sound is bright! Best of all, this lasts forever. I'm still on the same stick and it's...Read complete review

    Bought this in 2006 and it changed my playing! I can fly on solos and my sound is bright! Best of all, this lasts forever. I'm still on the same stick and it's got about 50 years left of uses (I use it every time I play which is fairly often). I recommend this to any player at any level. You won't regret it.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Fast Frets dried out?

    Recently purchased after buying originally a few decades ago and liking it. The one I just bought seemed to be dried out so it didn't leave much lubricant. I rubbed the strings/fretboard hard...Read complete review

    Recently purchased after buying originally a few decades ago and liking it. The one I just bought seemed to be dried out so it didn't leave much lubricant. I rubbed the strings/fretboard hard after playing and it mostly left lint on the wrapped strings. I suppose it did wipe them cleaner but hard to tell. Little wiping rag supplied was almost useless and fraying. I also use Fingerease before playing which lubes much better. Spray front and back of neck, wait 10 minutes and wipe. Overspray could be an issue though- spray quickly. Recommendation: Fingerease before playing to lube Fast Fret after playing to clean (if not dried up like mine).

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Fast Frets dried out?

    By HDS

    from Memphis

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

    Recently purchased after buying originally a few decades ago and liking it. The one I just bought seemed to be dried out so it didn't leave much lubricant. I rubbed the strings/fretboard hard after playing and it mostly left lint on the wrapped strings. I suppose it did wipe them cleaner but hard to tell. Little wiping rag supplied was almost useless and fraying. I also use Fingerease before playing which lubes much better. Spray front and back of neck, wait 10 minutes and wipe. Overspray could be an issue though- spray quickly. Recommendation: Fingerease before playing to lube Fast Fret after playing to clean (if not dried up like mine).

    (6 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    String destroyer

    By Darrin Chamney

    from the hood

    Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

    My poor fretboard, thats the part that bothers me I can change the strings, but now this stuff is in the grain of the rosewood, ebony, pao ferro or what have you, I guess it might not get through the laminated mahogony but you never know...
    I have used this product on more than one guitar. My last mistake was putting it on brand new strings. Ill admit the product is easy to use. As far as using it wrong...uhhh its pretty straight forward.
    Fastfret builds up or oxidizes on steel guitar strings faster than anything I have ever seen. I dont even want to think about the buildup on my fretboard. What bothers me most is the fact the product builds up on the strings of my electric guitar while the guitar is in its case. I put strings on tuned up fastfretted, jammed, fastfretted, wiped of the greasygoo and put my guitar away. Then I realized the culprit of my string demise. And I thought I forgot to wash my hands or something... Seriously the fastyness turns to rust or whatever overnight, or a disgusting buildup over a matter of a week or more.
    Try my test. this stuff creates more work than help. Just put on some brand new strings, and follow the directions, make sure to wipe of the excess, and store your guitar in its case. If possible dont play your guitar for like two or three days, play a different one. Now go open your case for a yucky suprise.
    After using the product on more than one guitar, I do not like the feel of the product, immeadiately after applying, then it just gets worse. Also the wiping rag comes apart like toilet paper, small dingleberries remain on the strings and anywhere I wipe the rag. Then the buildup/oxidation begins.
    In my opinion you are better of putting your guitar away, full of sweat.
    Same as above I do not value the product due to the rapid deterioration of the condition of the guitar strings.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best money I've ever spent

    By Xtremehardy388

    from Kalamazoo, Mi

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

    Bought this in 2006 and it changed my playing! I can fly on solos and my sound is bright! Best of all, this lasts forever. I'm still on the same stick and it's got about 50 years left of uses (I use it every time I play which is fairly often). I recommend this to any player at any level. You won't regret it.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Strings Last Longer & Sound Better!

    By Scott Pic

    from WI.

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • A Time Tested Product Tha
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • No Dangerous Aerosols
    • Not Messy
    • Simple to use
    • Time Tested Product

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Before Practice
    • Right After Playing

    Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

    I have used this product since it was first introduced many years ago. It has always been my one and only string cleaner & keeper.

    With regular use, it can help your strings last longer.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great product

    By mtrettin

    from California

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    Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

    This is the best string cleaner/lubrication product I have ever used. It includes the applicator and a cloth to wipe off the excess oil which both fit in a convienient small plastic tube that can easily fit in a guitar case. It makes your strings last longer by keeping them clean, and also helps to make your strings feel more smooth/slick which makes it easier for me to play. Not only does this product do everything that it claims, but it also lasts a LONG time. I have had the same one that I use 2-4 times a week for over 3 years now! I have to admit it is now finally sort of running out of oil, but holy crap 3 years worth of quality string cleaning/lubrication for six bucks? If that's not a deal then I don't know what is. Anyone who gave this product a negative review is obviously not using it correctly or doesn't like having clean strings/fretboard. Don't hesitate if you are on the fence about buying, this stuff works great and lasts a long time.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Invaluable!!!

    By Carson Smith

    from Illinois

    Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

    This was recommended to me by a owner of a local guitar store, and I was super impressed! This product will extend the life and any strings you use by at least 5 times longer than anything else you use!...its makes even dull strings come back to life! I will be a life long user from now on!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Protects strings and fingers

    By Brazil Bill

    from Monument Valley, Utah

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All around use
      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

      Been using Fast Fret for years. It keeps your strings from drying out and helps your fingers, especially when sliding along the strings.

      I read in the comments about the can arriving open (mine did too last time) and/or the applicator being dry. Even if the can is open (flimsy pop-top lid) the applicator has a plastic cover that has a seal - so unless that one is open it should not matter that the can was open but make sure you still have the little rag as well that may fall out. Also it is just mineral oil, so refill the applicator - just be careful you don't put too much on it - it should be damp not dripping. One time buy for the applicator and mineral oil is cheap.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Ok, I broke down and gave it another shot..

      By Scott

      from Maine

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

        I bought 3 or 4 of these over the past couple of years - all dried out when received. But... it's good stuff when it works, so I gave it another shot; and the new applicator seems properly charged with product (yahoo!). It leaves my strings slick, reduces finger drag and string noise. I use it before most every session (and after, if I remember..). I hope the improved quality control continues..

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        fast fret

        By RW

        from nw ohio

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Preserves Strings

        Cons

        • Affects Tone

        Best Uses

          Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

          Great for preserving the strings on instruments that are not used or restrung very often. Ran a music store for a number of years & used it on instruments so that the strings would not corroded. Played professionally also, did not use it on my instruments because it dulls the tone somewhat.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          guitar player for 8 years

          By SchrammSlam

          from Munising Michigan

          Pros

            Cons

            • Makes Gibson Sticky
            • Not Functional

            Best Uses

              Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

              This fast fret string cleaner works great with my Ibanez, but when i put it on my gibson les Paul it makes it very sticky and difficult to to move around on the neck. I have to wait a couple hours for it to wear off so i can play it again.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Ridiculous

              By J Dogg

              from Grants Pass, OR

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Poor Quality

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

              Very poor! I ordered this product and it showed up completely dried out! I have used this product years ago and the applicator held quite a bit. Musicians Friend quickly replaced it free of charge. When the new one arrived it was slightly better than the first. As I write this I have used it three times and it is already dried out! Ridiculous!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Been using this stuff for years

              By Frogman

              from Kingston, Ga.

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

                I have been using this stuff for years. Ive tried many different products but always come back to this. Bought two recently and they are made even better now. They even went back to the old type metal container, Cool. Keeps strings clean and slippery and lasts much longer than the aerosols. For me 30+ years of playing its a great product and I will honestly use this exclusivly from now on. Try it, You never know you might like it. Rock on Musicians friend for great products and prices

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A trusted product

                By Jorge Barbarosa

                from Vriginia

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                Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

                I started using this in the 70's. It keeps the grit down to a minimum plus it keeps the neck in pretty good shape too. That said, I still run through a set of strings every 2 weeks. The frets do their work and dent the windings which ultimately deaden the sound. Speed? I guess so, I use it more to clean up the sweat and stickiness, plus lube up the fret board.I also recommend a toothpick to scrap any accumulation of grim up against the fretwires (with the strings off) at every string chaange, plus a light coating of Lemon oil on the fretboard every few months. Fast Fret is a bit easier, however I have noticed that the applicator does dry out after a while, hence you should use it liberally and replace it periodically, maybe twice a year. My 2cents.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Fast-Fret dries out

                By LouTheBlueGuru

                from Fayetteville, AR

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                Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

                Fast Fret is excellent when it is new and is loaded with the lubricant. However, when it dries out it is worthless. It dries out very fast in that cheap plastic container. They should go back to the metal container which they used to use. Much better. Don't buy a lot of these at once since you will waste your money on dried out cotton (or whatever it is) if you don't use them right away.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Restored sound quality

                By FlatPicker

                from Springfield, OR

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

                  There is only one reason I bought this product: I wanted something that would clean and restore proper tone to the strings. I didn't care about making the action slicker.

                  For many years, having strings go dead was a very frustrating experience for me. I didn't know if anything could be done about it. For a long time, I was under the impression that problem was with the strings themselves and I was wondering how strings could wear out so quickly. Well, the problem wasn't with the strings wearing out at all.

                  I have a Martin HD-28 guitar (a top quality guitar, as most of you probably already know) that had a set of dead GHS strings on it. After reading this ad, I got the guitar out and applied this product to the strings.

                  After using the product, the strings sounded new again, just about like they do when you first put them on and then tune and re-tune the guitar until the strings stretch out normally. This is exactly what I was trying to achieve.

                  The only possibly negative thing I could say about the product, at this point, is that the applicator seemed to be a little bit dry.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  It helps me...........

                  By Guildedsinner

                  from Battle Creek, Michigan

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

                    It cleans the strings, lubricates them: Does what it is supposed to. On hot, sticky outdoor venues, it seems to help me with finger dexterity. I'm a believer.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Better packaging

                    By NYCStrato

                    from NYC

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

                      Figured it was time to replace the Fast Fret I had. Much better container than old cheapy plastic one. Works as described.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      very good string cleaner

                      By Grandpa

                      from Norht FL. coast

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                      Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

                      I have use other string cleaners in the past. Most were pretty good . Some were not so good. GHS Fast Fret is easy to use. Just wipe up and down the strings with a little pressure. Polish with the provided cloth and you are done. It takes just a few minutes to clean them and restore the brightness in the strings. Thanks Musician's Friend.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great product I'll buy again.

                      By Jim

                      from Hudson FL.

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

                        Great product I will buy again glad I found it.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        great stuff

                        By ry

                        from Huntsville, AL.

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

                          Comments about GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner:

                          Use it and get more use from your strings.

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