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Since I bought my first guitar back when I was young I have always liked to keep my guitar looking nice. I think there is something special about your own personal guitar and keeping it in good order and sounding great is very important. I have seen people who don't look after their guitar and often it is dusty, chipped and generally scruffy looking.
So how exactly do you take gave of said guitar? Well there are lots of things you can do and one of the most important is to change the strings on a regular basis. Now way I say regular I don't mean every week, I tend to change mine around once every six months. When I do this though it gives me a unique opportunity to clean under the strings as this is where you tend to get dust and other dirt accumulating. To do this I tend to simply use a lint free cloth and this does the trick, in the past though I have used this product, fender guitar polish.
In my opinion this stuff is over priced and a little bit unnecessary. There are other cheaper products you can use that do pretty much the same job. However, despite that the fender guitar polish does do a decent enough job. You simply add a little to your cloth and wipe it onto your guitar. As I said, the neck of the guitar where the strings live tends to be the dirtiest area and using this stuff it does give it a nice clean look and it's not to smelly. The polish frees up the dirt and makes it look much nicer.
It usually costs around £5 for this small bottle of polish. In reality it does everything it claims to so you can't really have that much of a go at it. But as I said it's not really a product that there is much of a need for. There are plenty of other cheaper products out there that will do the same job. Keeping my guitar looking good also insures it will last longer. The one I play now has been going for around ten years and it's still in very good shape and I would hope it lasts another ten years.
Although I have bought this guitar polish in the past and I was happy enough with the way it performed, I don't think it is something I would buy again. It's one of the those products that somebody has created as they have seen an opportunity to make a little money, but as I have said there is no real need for it. So my advice is safe your money and find a cheaper alternative, or don't even bother will polish at all, more often than not a simple lint free cloth will do the job just fine.
I must admit I'm not a very regular cleaner of guitars, I tend to dust them down occasionally with a Fender guitar cloth, but I don't tend to use polish too often. However, I do have some experience with various types of branded 'guitar polish' and will try & describe this Fender Guitar Polish to you now.
You will often receive such guitar polish, cloth, amp lead etc.. free with your guitar upon purchase. Many music shops bundle stuff in & my American Fender Telecaster came with a bottle of this included. It's basically a very similar process to cleaning surfaces at home, you apply the polish to a cloth and then scrub until clean. Very much like using Mr Sheen or similar.
I tend to think branded guitar polishes & cleaners are a bit of a gimmick, and I don't really consider them essential products. Using a generic cleaning product will do the same job for the most part. Friends who are in bands & work in the industry don't tend to use a specific product to clean instruments, just whatever is available at the time.
A standard household cleaner tends to do the job for me, although admittedly I don't often give my guitars a full clean, I tend to just dust them down every now & again. This does the job but I wouldn't go out to specifically use a branded product such as this, there's precious little difference form what I can see & I got my first guitar in 1994.
There are those among us who spend more time polishing our guitars than actually playing them - and although it's noble to want to keep one's instrument smear free, I'm personally more of a player than a wiper. That said, if you fall into the former category of cleaners, there are a number of sprays on the market which can make the job a little easier - one such product is Fender's Guitar Polish.
Having already announced that I don't really clean my guitars that often, you may be wondering what i'm doing with guitar polish in my possession - well to tell the truth I didn't pay for the product, instead I received a bottle free with a guitar case that I purchased from a music shop. What I can say is that i've given the spray a thorough test, and am ready to report my findings back to you.
Price & Availability
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It should be pointed out that from amazon, Fender Guitar Polish comes as part of a three bottle set costing £4.99 - although as this review is for the spray alone, it is this which i'll focus my attention. I have used the spray on both my electric and my acoustic guitars, both of which have been left sparkling.
Using the Polish
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The product arrives in a black spray topped bottle with 4oz of liquid inside - it's the same type of bottle that the catnip spray from Pets at Home comes in, so the furry one gets rather expectant when it's guitar cleaning time. In terms of its use, I find that it's best to give a couple of pumps of the spray onto a soft (lint free) cloth, rather than onto the guitar itself. After a short rubbing session, the spray gets rid of any greasy marks on the surface of the guitar(s) and the instrument is left smear-free. Aroma-wise, the polish does have a slight smell, but it's pretty much non-descript, and certainly not perfumed.
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So what can I say about Fender Guitar Polish other than "it works" - well, not much really; and would it really be that much better than a Mr Sheen general purpose type cleaner? possibly not.
Give that not only is my guitar on display in a room of my flat, but the fact it was so darn expensive, I like to look after it and with it being a Fender one of the products I have been using in the past few years is the official Fender Guitar polish. Obviously, with a huge worry that normal products will effect the guitar in a negative way I decided the official option would be the bets route to ensure my axe remains clean and shiny!
Costing me a fiver from a local music shop this represents good value for money and if used correctly this should last 8-10 months at the very least. The bottle you get for that price is 4oz but you should be using it very sparingly on the guitar anyway so you get a good run out of it.
The polish itself is as normal polish is, a spray on. It is better to spray it first onto the cloth then onto the axe and using only a little of the non-greasy spray you will see the difference. The temptation is to overdo it with the spray but the same results will be gained. Simply apply lightly and the axe will gleam!
It leaves behind no stain, smears or marks if used rightly and has not damaged by guitar at all since use. It has ensured the axe always looks at its best! It is suitable for all parts of the guitar although you need to be careful with strings, specialist cleaner required here, and the pick ups.
Its easy to apply, rubs in easily and leave no marks or stains. Its no greasy or too heavy at all and doesn't have any odour. Its colourless so suitable for all colours of guitar and the only real noticeable effect you will get out of this device is how darn shiny your guitar looks!
~A Fender Polish made by Meguairs!~
Many car owners swear by Meguiars car care products as they make some fantastic care products that will bring your motor up to a glossy show room shine with very little effort. I have found that the many Meguiars products I have used have been really good at providing long lasting effects with minimum effort and I can happily say that they are my favoured brand. With that in mind I knew that as soon as I came across the range of Fender branded guitar care products in a music store which includes this Fender Guitar Polish made by my favorite maker, I just had to give them a go. Having used the guitar polish a number of times on all kinds of coloured lacquer finishes I have been more than pleased with the results given. When wanting to review the polish it wasn't listed here on Dooyoo so a product suggestion was made so that I may share my thoughts about what I consider to be a rather useful guitar care product.
~Why use a guitar polish?~
Sometimes no matter how careful you are when handling your guitar and no matter how often you play only with nice freshly washed hands (yeah who does that really?) which should keep your axe smudge and dirt free in an ideal world, you still end up with the lovely glossy lacquered finish of your guitar covered in an array of finger marks, smudges, dust and grime. Thats where a helping hand from a care product such this simple and easy to use polish can be of help. I have found that when using the product it works best when used alongside the other care products from the same range which can be bought as part of a care kit, although each item can be bought as a stand alone product if wanted.
With a guitar that is in regular use very often many of the marks, dust, dirt and smudges that end up on show are unavoidable, so it can be a good idea to think about cleaning and polishing options that can keep your guitar in tip top shape. When thinking about suitable products to use prior to polishing your guitar you may like to consider a care product such as the easy to use Fender Mist and Wipe Finish Enhancer which is part of the same range as it is good for getting rid of dirt and grime before polishing takes place. Once again this product can be bought as part of an all in one care set or as a stand alone item to compliment the polish.
~Ease of use~
I have found that using this guitar polish along with the other care products can help to cut maintenance and cleaning times down a little, as they are quick and easy to apply with only the minimum of elbow grease needed. I have found that this polish can help you care for the finish on your guitar by giving it a lightly protected coating to the lacquer without causing any unwanted residue that needs hours of buffing and polishing in order to get a good end result. The guitar polish comes in an easy to use plastic pump spray bottle that has the Fender branded logo on it. The bottle stands well on flat surfaces and has a simple clear plastic lid which closes over the top neatly to ensure no leaks from the bottle when it is stored away. The applicator is easy to use and delivers a fair amount of polish each time and I have found that I only need a very small amount of polish to get good results.
I like to use some of the Mist and Wipe spray from the same range prior to polishing as this can help to remove any dust and dirt that is laying on the surface of the lacquer. This light cleaning aid will also help to lift off any remaining oily finger prints or smudges without harming the lacquer finish on your guitar before polishing begins. When I am happy with the first stage I can either use some swirl remover if I am cleaning a guitar with a darker lacquer finish as that will minimize any unwanted hazing, or proceed straight on with the polish which has a pleasant fragrance to it that I don't find overly strong.
The polish is easy to use with a soft polishing cloth and all you need to do in order to use it is spray a little onto your cloth or straight on to the main body of your guitar and buff it off to a nice light smear free shine. The polish can be used on most types of coloured lacquered finishes to give a nice polished look and you can get some very nice results on darker lacquers as they really do look good when polished up with this product. I have tried the polish on a range of guitar finishes such some very nice natural looking soft sheen lacquer finishes and an amazing turquiose blue lacquer. I have also used this on some black lacquers like the soft sheen Fender black lacquers to a much shinier glossier black Epiphone lacquer, plus some burgundy wine coloured lacquers (including a custom mix finish).
~Price and rating~
I bought my guitar polish as part of a set which came nicely packed and included a bottle of Mist and Wipe spray, a bottle of Swirl and Haze Remover and one of the Meguiars soft foamy circular buffers. I haven't used the buffer on my guitar lacquers as I find a soft clean polishing cloth is easier to use, although the buffer did come in handy as it is the same as the ones Meguiars sell for you to wax your car with. The polish can be bought on its own and prices seem to sit at around £3.99 to £4.99 for a 4 oz bottle which I feel isn't too bad, as the polish which will last for a good number of uses if used sparingly.
Fender say that you can use the polish to 'nourish your guitar's finished wood surfaces' which I can vouch for and they go on to say that it can also help plastic and metal surfaces on your guitar shine up nicely, making this a versatile guitar polish. As far as rating the polish goes I feel that it works well in bringing the lacquer on many guitars back to their previously glossy and new show room shine with minimal effort so I am going to give this a 5 star product rating.