Frets and fingerboards that touch strings and fingers every day.
No matter how carefully you handle your guitar, dirt will accumulate.
It's cool to be dirty, but cleaning is still essential.
If you look at the guitar of a famous guitarist, you can see that the frets and other parts related to playability are shiny.
Let's make your favorite axe beautiful and easy to play with the goods introduced here!
Guitar used for cleaning
This time, I will use the Warmoth Strat type that I revamped myself.
Cleaning is indispensable once a month, but it is often overworked.
First, take a look at the fingerboard and frets with the strings removed.
It is dirty ...
It is slightly discolored with hand stains!
The frets are also dull.
Will it really be beautiful again???
Cleaning the fingerboard and frets at the same time using "FRET BUTTER"
FRET BUTTER from dmiguitarlabs is a cloth soaked with a special liquid for cleaning the fingerboard and frets.
The great thing about fret butter is that you can polish the fretboard and frets at the same time, which had to be done separately in the past.
No need for masking tape anymore!
You don't have to use sticky masking tape to protect the fingerboard like this!
What is that!? This is really convenient!!
Moreover, it can be used 20 times.
An item that combines time-saving and cost performance.
How is that for performance!?
I actually tried using fret butter
When opening the bag of the fret butter, it has a nice, sweet scent!
I may not feel like cleaning with it.
First, pick up the cloth and gently apply it to the fingerboard and frets.
Apply it evenly over the entire surface, and polish it with another cloth, but be careful here!
I recommend that you prepare a cloth that can get dirty.
It is insanely black.
Even if you make a mistake, it is better to stop using new cloth!
You will regret it.
This time, I used a new cloth to polish it, so please you can get a better look.
After polishing ...
As I mentioned at the beginning, this dirt is on the guitar that I clean once a month!
If you are cleaning your fingerboard and frets for the first time, you will be surprised at how dirty it is.
↑Before and after
The beautiful black peculiar to ebony shines through!
And the frets are also shiny.
The "SP-P-08" magic cream improves the stability of tuning.
"If you use the arm or choke, you will inevitably go out of tune."
The nut may be the cause of the unstable tuning!??
In fact, guitarists have been doing trial and error for a long time, by doing things like coloring the groove of the nut with a pencil.
However, now we have SP-P-08 in modern times, don’t we!?!
SP-P-08 is a lubricant sold by Freedom Custom Guitar Research, a leader in the guitar world.
The tuning is stabilized by reducing the friction between the strings and the contacts.
An excellent product that can be used as a substitute for wah pedal grease!
I myself have been a regular user of SP-P-08.
I recommend it with confidence!
Let's apply it to the groove of the nut
When applying SP-P-08 to the nut, apply it with a pin or toothpick.
Of course, when you apply it over a wide area, you can apply it with your finger.
Apply to the contacts of the strings and wipe off the excess cream with a cloth.
There is a big difference between applying SP-P-08 and not applying it!
If you experience tuning stability after a new string has settled down, you won’t be able to go without the SP-P-08 anymore.
A liquid type SP-P-09 is also available, so you can choose between the cream type and liquid type to suit your preference.
Cleaning goods "FAST-FRET" to protect the strings from rust
GHS's FAST-FRET is a lubricant that protects the strings from rust and supports performance with a smoother touch.
Speaking of string lubricant, a spray type was the mainstream, but "after spraying, even the floor became smooth ..."
There are many people who have had such an experience.
I was often scolded by my mom too.
Good memories now ...
How to use FAST-FRET
Just push the body out of the canister and apply it to the strings!
Moreover, the canister contains a small cloth for wiping the strings, which is quite convenient.
When replacing strings, you are inevitably touching the strings.
Let's apply the fast frets quickly after replacing the strings.
Especially effective for uncoated strings!
By the way, even if I use it almost every day at the end of playing, it lasts for almost a year.
Products similar to FAST-FRET
The PW-XLR8-01 from PLANET WAVES, which produces a wide range of guitar-based products, is also similar to the FAST-FRET.
Compared to the FAST-FRET, the PW-XLR8-01 has less volume and does not come with a cloth. However, because the surface is wide, the strings can be cleaned quickly after playing.
The attractive point is that there is almost no odor.
The cleaning goods I introduced this time are as follows.
All are convenient, and you can't miss the fact that they are compact enough to be stored in a guitar case.
Modern products are almost scary...!
I'm grateful that I can play the guitar in this era when there are so many useful goods.
By all means, please try cleaning your favorite axe.
I'm sure a good-looking guitar will come out even better looking.