hi all i just bought a product for cleaning the strings and fretboard of my guitars , its called chrome frets silky strings and what a difference it makes ;D (well i think so lol ) it cleans the strings and frets and polishes them to a chrome like finish anyway i was wondering what you guys use also if you have any tips or hints on good guitar maintenance ? cheers lee
The only thing I've ever used on a guitar is a non-silicone based polish. For fretboard cleaning I use a stiff toothbrush to scrub either side of the fret wires. I use a 1" wide soft bristle paint brush to get the dust that settles under the strings above the bridge, nut and around the tuners. I clean the rest of the guitar with a little polish and a soft cotton cloth. Been doing it that way since they finished the pyramids.
this stuff i have is non silicone based and also gives the strings and fretboard a fine coat of wax ( ptfe, better known as teflon ) to me this makes the strings more playable and easier to bend it also reduces the dragging noise when sliding up and down the neck ( mostly with barre chords ) check it out www.chromefrets.co.uk i think thats the website otherwise just youtube it and there is a demo on there
Yeah I'm with HJ, tend to use glass cleaner, or sometimes a surface cleaner (whatever I can find basically) on the body. I have a dodgy product called Boogie Juice. Worse, it's dispensed from what appears to be a salvaged marker pen but it's a lemon based product that I use on the neck. I usually do the neck when I replace the strings, I'll do the body only occasionally - usually when there's far too much of my grated fingers on there that I can't see the body anymore.
"I was told when I started to play that simple music is the hardest music in the world to play. And blues is simple music."
- Albert Collins
Back in the day we used WD40 on the strings, I now use fast fret when I clean them. But most of the time I just use and old diaper or microfiber cloth after each use. I like to wash my hands before playing to get the oil and salt off my hands too. I also stopped picking my nose when I play, helped alot. ;D