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ToneGear The String Cleaner Cleaning Tool 

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The String Cleaner from ToneGear features cleanable microfiber pads that work on all sizes and brands of electric and acoustic guitars with 6, 7, or ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The only string cleaner you'll need!

The String Cleaner from ToneGear features cleanable microfiber pads that work on all sizes and brands of electric and acoustic guitars with 6, 7, or 12 strings, in any gauge. The cleaning tool can also be used on most any other 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, or 7-stringed instruments found throughout the world.

FEATURES
  • Extends the life and preserves the tone of guitar strings
  • Provides unprecedented 360 degrees of string cleaning
  • Works on all guitars
  • No cleaning solution necessary
  • Cleanable microfiber pads for long-lasting, low maintenance use
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ToneGearThe String Cleaner Cleaning Tool
 
3.7

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Functional (8)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can Wear Down Your Frets if Not Careful

If you have low action guitars proceed with caution. As you slide towards the nut the hard plastic underside of this product rubs on your frets especially the first three frets near the nut....Read complete review

If you have low action guitars proceed with caution. As you slide towards the nut the hard plastic underside of this product rubs on your frets especially the first three frets near the nut. You can lift the device up as you slide to the nut but then the plastic bends and the top part of the strings do not get cleaned. You can remedy this by doing another swipe over the top of the strings with only one side of the device...so it becomes a 2 step process. On one of my guitars I always seem to get my high e-string popped out of the nut when I use this product no matter how carefully I proceed. I'm a little concerned about the wear on the nut groove for the high e-string because of this. The main benefit is it is very easy and quick to use which means you'll use it even if you are tired and just want to pack up and go home after a gig. Since I have to really guide the product near the nut I'm considering going back to a cloth which will not wear on the frets like the plastic on this device although I have not done this yet. I guess I'm still undecided or just lazy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Take some time and do it right!

Borrowed one from a fellow musician to try it out. I found that a lot of the complaints about it hitting the frets and such could be avoided by simply loosening the strings about...Read complete review

Borrowed one from a fellow musician to try it out. I found that a lot of the complaints about it hitting the frets and such could be avoided by simply loosening the strings about 4 turns. It's relatively simple and provided ample slack to slide the device all the way to the nut. I however have found that simply folding a microfiber cloth over and doubling the thickness and sliding it under the strings does the same thing to clean the bottom of the strings. If you want to really clean the gunk off get a "green scrubby" pad normally used for washing dishes, loosen the strings about 4 turns, place a thin piece of cardboard between the pad and the fretboard and slide it all the way up the fretboard to the nut. If you want you can even slide the cardboard down over the sound hole of an acoustic or over the pups of an electric and clean them all the way to the bridge. Then simply do the same thing to the top of the strings cleaning the entire length of the string. You will notice not only are they cleaner, they are brighter in appearance. Wipe them down on both sides with a microfiber cloth and you are done. If you want to use Finger Ease or some other product to "condition" the strings now is the time. It takes a few extra minutes but it works wonders. Maybe I should glue some green scrubby pads to the inside of a cheap piece of plastic and market it as a new string cleaning marvel. Nope, too lazy. I'll just keep cleaning my strings like I have done for the past 30 years and be happy with the satisfaction that my strings last longer, sound brighter and look better as a result of a little time spent on maintenance. Wiping both sides your strings down after every use while your sweat and gunk is still fresh and somewhat moist will make them last a lot longer. Watch what most steel guitar players do every time they finish playing. That's how I learned the technique. I'll get off my soap box now and let you pickers get back to the reviews.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I expected better

By Ezra Dordal

from Minnesota

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Comments about ToneGear The String Cleaner Cleaning Tool:

I wouldn't recommend this product because of the low quality. My next purchase will be a certain cloth that's used to clean brass instruments. Dan Erlewine recommends that for cleaning strings.
I bought The String Cleaning Tool because a friend recommended it. The first thing that I noticed is that it is made out of plastic. The microfiber cloth on the inside that clamps down on the strings was also cheaper quality than what I expected. After I clamped it down on the strings of my acoustic, I slid it down the neck from the soundhole towards the nut and it worked fine until the 5th fret. At that point, the plastic side started to scrape against my frets. That's the area where the strings need the most cleaning, but this tool couldn't clean very effectively there. A thinner design for this tool would be ideal.
Low quality materials were used to make this tool.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Take some time and do it right!

By Vince

from Texas

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Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about ToneGear The String Cleaner Cleaning Tool:

    Borrowed one from a fellow musician to try it out. I found that a lot of the complaints about it hitting the frets and such could be avoided by simply loosening the strings about 4 turns. It's relatively simple and provided ample slack to slide the device all the way to the nut. I however have found that simply folding a microfiber cloth over and doubling the thickness and sliding it under the strings does the same thing to clean the bottom of the strings. If you want to really clean the gunk off get a "green scrubby" pad normally used for washing dishes, loosen the strings about 4 turns, place a thin piece of cardboard between the pad and the fretboard and slide it all the way up the fretboard to the nut. If you want you can even slide the cardboard down over the sound hole of an acoustic or over the pups of an electric and clean them all the way to the bridge. Then simply do the same thing to the top of the strings cleaning the entire length of the string. You will notice not only are they cleaner, they are brighter in appearance. Wipe them down on both sides with a microfiber cloth and you are done. If you want to use Finger Ease or some other product to "condition" the strings now is the time. It takes a few extra minutes but it works wonders. Maybe I should glue some green scrubby pads to the inside of a cheap piece of plastic and market it as a new string cleaning marvel. Nope, too lazy. I'll just keep cleaning my strings like I have done for the past 30 years and be happy with the satisfaction that my strings last longer, sound brighter and look better as a result of a little time spent on maintenance. Wiping both sides your strings down after every use while your sweat and gunk is still fresh and somewhat moist will make them last a lot longer. Watch what most steel guitar players do every time they finish playing. That's how I learned the technique. I'll get off my soap box now and let you pickers get back to the reviews.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Can Wear Down Your Frets if Not Careful

    By BG

    from California

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about ToneGear The String Cleaner Cleaning Tool:

        If you have low action guitars proceed with caution. As you slide towards the nut the hard plastic underside of this product rubs on your frets especially the first three frets near the nut. You can lift the device up as you slide to the nut but then the plastic bends and the top part of the strings do not get cleaned. You can remedy this by doing another swipe over the top of the strings with only one side of the device...so it becomes a 2 step process. On one of my guitars I always seem to get my high e-string popped out of the nut when I use this product no matter how carefully I proceed. I'm a little concerned about the wear on the nut groove for the high e-string because of this. The main benefit is it is very easy and quick to use which means you'll use it even if you are tired and just want to pack up and go home after a gig. Since I have to really guide the product near the nut I'm considering going back to a cloth which will not wear on the frets like the plastic on this device although I have not done this yet. I guess I'm still undecided or just lazy.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Gizzmo

        By Old Bass Wizzard

        from Bellefonte, Pa.

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • String Cleaning

        Comments about ToneGear The String Cleaner Cleaning Tool:

        Everyone who plays a stinged instrument should have one. The best string cleaner ever!! I have several and keep one in my bass cases, and practice area. After playing just snap shut over the strings and slide back and forth a couple of times.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The String Cleaner

        By Z

        from FL

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        Comments about ToneGear The String Cleaner Cleaning Tool:

        I have used one of these on my sitar for some time. This device has a design flaw which has been addressed in a few other reviews: Namely that it can damage some guitars. I've found a perfect workaround. Ready? Here it is: Lift up on the handle instead of pressing down with it. Wasn't that easy?Now, the review. I use this after I use Fast-Fret and it does two great things in this capacity: gets rid of the excess Fast-Fret oil and lets you leave that silly cloth in the container instead of shedding all over your guitar. This microfiber material is great and leaves nothing behind. It also lasts far, far longer than any Fast-Fret or String Ease, although it won't do for you what those do re: making the strings play faster. Recommend.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Satisfied Customer!

        By Robbie B. Good

        from Nashville

        Comments about ToneGear The String Cleaner Cleaning Tool:

        I purchased the string cleaner about a week ago and got it in the mail the other day. I used it on the set of strings that were already on my guitar and immediately noticed a difference. The entire string including underneath where the dirt and grime accumulate the most was whiped clean. Not only were the strings cleaner, but they sounded new again. I am going to use this product for a long time. 5 stars!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        well worth the money

        By jimmylogan

        from Tennessee

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        Comments about ToneGear The String Cleaner Cleaning Tool:

        I keep one of these in my case and use it just after playing each jam or gig. It has increased the life of the strings more that I would have dreamed, just make sure you use it while the finger oils, etc. are still fresh. Also, keep it fresh by cleaning it per the instructions when you do change strings.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        So far...

        By Patrick James McKenna

        from St.Marys, GA

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        Comments about ToneGear The String Cleaner Cleaning Tool:

        Primarily, I'm a bassist, but I also play guitar. Before buying any musical instruments or accessories on line, I often check out the product reviews. After doing a little bit of research, I decided to invest in the Tone Gear The String Cleaning Tool, mainly for my guitars.For the price of this product, I didn't expect an item that would revolutionize the world of guitar players.I did get a cheap gadget that seems to do what it is designed to: extend the life of guitar strings by cleaning them.Those who purchase this handy little gadget would do well by reading the review ("The String Cleaner") that was posted by Anonymous Musician and follow the advice.If Fender Bender (who wrote the review "Wasn't Impressed") would wash his or her hands more often (between every set played at gigs) and keep his guitar out of the reach of those with dirty hands, maybe there would not be any need for frequent changes of strings.So far, this item exceeds my expectations and I'm impressed.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good Idea

        By MDGuitar

        from Breckenridge, CO

        Comments about ToneGear The String Cleaner Cleaning Tool:

        The "ToneGear The String Cleaner Cleaning Tool" does work. Worth about half of the price. It is two pieces of plastic with a micro fiber glued to it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Worth it for sure.

        By Laurence Anderson

        from Seattle

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        Comments about ToneGear The String Cleaner Cleaning Tool:

        Overall, I'd really recommend it, especially if you have a tendency to cover your guitar in what looks like alien biofilm like some people I know.
        It cleans the tops of the strings which any cloth can do, but it gets underneath the strings where the gunk has more of a tendency to build up and get on the fretboard. Normally that stuff's a pain to get to.
        It's cheaply made, which is no surprise since it's ten bucks. Just be careful with it (make sure the cloth doesn't snag on the strings when inserting it, etc.) and it'll last plenty long.
        When I use it every once in a while, the string regain some of their brightness. I'd say that's an indicator that the strings are going to last longer with this.

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