Fender Speed Slick String Cleaner I have been a life long user of the original big brand of 'speed slick string cleaner', the classic GHS fast fret, however the last couple of fast fret sticks I have purchased have been disappointing because they have obviously changed the recipe or something and the newer versions are nowhere near as effective as the old one so I thought I would try this alternative offering from fender and I am so glad I did. For a start the fender stick is so much better because the shape of the application pad is long and thin rather than round which means it is even faster and easier to apply the solution, this shape of pad means you can make a single pass or two at most to cover all the strings at once rather than having to do each string individually. The cap also holds a small cloth to wipe down the strings after each application to clean the string and remove excess solution. Secondly and most importantly the lubricant / cleaning solution is as good or better than any of the alternatives. I tend to use it after I play to clean and preserve the strings but it can also be apply before playing to lubricate the strings and board if your into high speed playing. I am delighted with this purchase and can highly recommend it.
The speed slick string cleaner I received from Thomann consists of a dryish felt pad (with just a hint of silicone reidue?) in a plastic holder with a fairly loose fitting top. Inside the top was a cloth which the instructions say is to wipe off the strings after application. What you are meant to wipe off is not at all clear. The felt pad wipes them. It leaves no visible residue. Using the wiping cloth makes no apparent difference. Overall, wiping with the speed stick leaves the strings perhaps feeling very slightly slicker, but really not much different from before wiping. Was I sent a dried up old example (like an old stock felt pen that barely writes), or is the Fender speed slick meant to be like this?
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