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JTaylor
post Jun 1 2012, 07:22 PM
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There is this product that you can wipe on your strings to make them slick, to (supposedly) let your fingers move easier. Any of you use it? Is it any good or just a gimmick? I am only level 2 and 3, so should I not even be thinking about it?


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post Jun 1 2012, 07:49 PM
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There used to be a product called fast fret ...for strings and fretboard.
I'm not sure if it still is around but i heard lots of good things about it...certainly not a gimmick but i never used it myself.
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post Jun 1 2012, 07:50 PM
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GHS Fast Fret is what you're looking for. Sure, if it's easier to play, why not? Worked fine for me when I used it a few years back. It seems to help in keeping your strings clean, too.


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post Jun 1 2012, 07:55 PM
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Fast fret is more of a cleaner than a lubricant.

There is this:

http://www.zzounds.com/item--CBR2074


I don't recommend it for anyone, though. When I used it, it seemed as though the strings made a LOT more noise.

You know that sound when you don't take your finger all the way off the string before you shift positions? Put your finger on the string without pressing down and slide up and down. Do you hear that noise? You will encounter it more often if you use that lubricant. Plus, it gunked up my strings and deadened the tone much faster. Maybe I just purchased a bad can, but I only used it that one time and I threw the rest of it away.


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post Jun 1 2012, 08:47 PM
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QUOTE (JTaylor @ Jun 1 2012, 01:22 PM) *
There is this product that you can wipe on your strings to make them slick, to (supposedly) let your fingers move easier. Any of you use it? Is it any good or just a gimmick? I am only level 2 and 3, so should I not even be thinking about it?


Fast Fret makes sliding on the wound strings slicker. It is not a big deal to me, I am generally too lazy to put it on (although I just did on reading this thread). It is cheap, give it a try some time.
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post Jun 2 2012, 05:13 AM
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I used to use FAST FRET all the time when I was working on longer scale runs and sliding. It really did help IMHO, eventually I found I didn't need it, but at first it really helped my fingers not get stuck and slide to find the right spot.

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There is this product that you can wipe on your strings to make them slick, to (supposedly) let your fingers move easier. Any of you use it? Is it any good or just a gimmick? I am only level 2 and 3, so should I not even be thinking about it?



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post Jun 2 2012, 11:01 AM
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I used GHS for about 5-6 years, until I started using Elixir strings which don't seem to need any lube at all because of that coating they have biggrin.gif


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post Jun 2 2012, 07:03 PM
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I guess it's pretty cool if it works. I've never tried Fast Fret. Although I don't really like the idea of having to rely on an aid to help me play guitar.

I don't think you need it anyway Jon, you're gonna be tearing it up in no time and threatening our jobs ! biggrin.gif

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post Jun 2 2012, 07:52 PM
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Fast Fret is a resin, so its more for keeping life and tone in your strings, and to be honest it works pretty well. Made my strings last a good month longer than normal.
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post Jun 2 2012, 08:26 PM
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I've been using it for years every day a few times!!! Works great! Usually spraying on the back part of my guitar neck! It makes it smooth and nice!
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post Jun 2 2012, 08:49 PM
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Good point wink.gif A bit of spray on the neck can make almost any neck feel a bit better in the hand IMHO. It's not for everyone, but it can help the same way Bow Resin helps a violin. As you play, the fingers will grease up the strings naturally, and the neck. But a quick spray make a "dry" instrument a bit more playable.

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I've been using it for years every day a few times!!! Works great! Usually spraying on the back part of my guitar neck! It makes it smooth and nice!
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post Jun 3 2012, 01:35 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jun 2 2012, 02:03 PM) *
I don't think you need it anyway Jon, you're gonna be tearing it up in no time and threatening our jobs ! biggrin.gif


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post Jun 3 2012, 10:41 AM
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I do remember someone once showing me that you could spray WD40 on the back of your guitar neck and your hand will whizz all over the place. But I never did it as it can't be good for either guitar or hand !!


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post Jun 3 2012, 10:49 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jun 2 2012, 06:03 PM) *
I guess it's pretty cool if it works. I've never tried Fast Fret. Although I don't really like the idea of having to rely on an aid to help me play guitar.

I don't think you need it anyway Jon, you're gonna be tearing it up in no time and threatening our jobs ! biggrin.gif

I agree with Ben here. I don't like the idea of playing fast because I spray my strings with a lube. Also doesn't it get your fingers all wet and yucky? biggrin.gif


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post Jun 4 2012, 05:01 AM
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QUOTE (Opetholic @ Jun 3 2012, 05:49 AM) *
I agree with Ben here. I don't like the idea of playing fast because I spray my strings with a lube. Also doesn't it get your fingers all wet and yucky? biggrin.gif


It's really not going to make you play "faster" and that's not really the point. Much like violin players resin up their bow, playing a dry instrument, especially when your first learning or when your strings are dirty, can get in the way of your progress to be honest. Eventually, your fingers will be strong enough to slide, etc. even with gunky strings and a unfinished birds eye maple neck. But to be honest, until you reach that, there is nothing wrong with putting some resin on your bow.

The only thing that will make you play "faster" is practice.



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post Jun 4 2012, 09:53 PM
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QUOTE (Opetholic @ Jun 3 2012, 09:49 AM) *
I agree with Ben here. I don't like the idea of playing fast because I spray my strings with a lube. Also doesn't it get your fingers all wet and yucky? biggrin.gif

Actually it makes my neck smoother and it dries out very fast so nothing is getting on the fingers!


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post Jun 4 2012, 09:56 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jun 3 2012, 05:41 AM) *
and your hand will whizz all over the place.


My hand will urinate? laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif


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post Jun 5 2012, 08:41 AM
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QUOTE (JTaylor @ Jun 4 2012, 09:56 PM) *
My hand will urinate? laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif


Stranger things have happened ! tongue.gif


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post Jun 6 2012, 02:38 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jun 5 2012, 07:41 AM) *
Stranger things have happened ! tongue.gif

Lol! Never happened to me! smile.gif


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post Jun 12 2012, 11:51 PM
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Sometimes, with some Fast Fret over your old strings can help with your accuracy. But IMO, it won't really make a difference. smile.gif

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