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A string cleaner? Isn't that going a bit too far?
Well in my opinion no. As I said in a previous review, strings can be a bit temperamental if abused, or overplayed they can snap without warning, this I find isn't as common as some may suggest I find you can hear when a string is loosing it's magic. This can happen also from the natural oils that our fingertips and hands secret. Also as disgusting as it may sound sweat plays a part in the life cycle of your strings. When performing under bright lights a musicians' hands are going to get a bit clammy and all of this muck ends up on the strings.
Most people including me will say that they don't have the strings on their guitar long enough for any build up to occur. And if you are changing your strings very often maybe this isn't the product for you. But if you find you get a reasonable amount of time out of your strings and would like to add a little bit longer to their life then you could do worse than giving this a go. I find when I'm giving the body of my guitar a clean that it makes sense to also clean the strings. Be careful not to use the same product for both uses as they can be damaging if applied to a surface not specified in the instructions.
I simply spray a small amount of the Peavey Guitar String Cleaner onto a clean, dry, soft cloth. I never spray it directly on to the strings as most of it just goes straight through the gaps and ends up on the frets rather than the strings. I then carefully and gently rub from the top of the strings, all the way down to the bottom. I fold the cloth like a sandwich and the strings are the filling. This way I not only clean the top I also clean and nourish the under side at the same time. I can really see a difference in the strings once I have used this product. It moisturises the strings as it cleans, as drying them out would result in them breaking even faster than normal, that is why you shouldn't use standard cleaners for this use.
This isn't going to make your strings last forever, look at it as maintenance. I pay £4 for a 160ml bottle and it lasts me ages as very little of the product is needed with each application.
If pampering the strings means I get a little more life out of them in the long run I think this is money very well spent.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
When I bought my first acoustic guitar around ten years ago I vowed to treat it well and really maintain it as well as possible. My guitar cost me a fair bit of money and it was probably my most treasured possession back then. So as the months went by I came up with various way of looking after my lovely guitar and keeping it looking well. One area that I made sure I kept well maintained was the strings. To be honest nowadays I don't look after my guitar quite as well and all I do is replace the strings when they are worn, but back then I found some that could help maintain the strings that little bit longer. That was Peavey Guitar String cleaner.
You may wonder why guitar strings need cleaning but the fact is that over time and continual use they do get very dirty. You are putting your fingers on the strings and your fingers pick up dirt and grease and this transfers onto the strings and they soon start to lose their colour and even their sound. So the idea behind guitar string cleaner is that it keeps them looking fresh and new and makes them last that little bit longer.
This guitar string cleaner is suitable for both electric and acoustic strings and will work equally well on both. When you buy this it comes is a little 4oz bottle. This is a decent size as you really don't need to use that much to get them clean. To use this you simply apply it to a lint free cloth and then wipe it on the strings. Peavey do actually make a special guitar cleaning cloth that you can buy along with the liquid. This is a decent cloth but you don't have to use this one, any lint free cloth will work equally well.
As to how well it works I must say I was quite impressed. When I bought this one I wasn't really convinced how effective it would be. But it does seem to dissolve the grease and dirt very well. After rubbing this into the strings and then wiping them down it really does seem to remove some pretty serious dirt. I was quite shocked at how much dirt comes off the guitar strings. Even if you think they are pretty clean you will find that dirt that comes off onto the cloth is quite a substantial amount. The strings come up very well and look almost new when you have finished cleaning them.
One thing I will say though is that the sound quality does not really seem to improve. Admittedly I don't have the best ear when it comes to discerning these things, maybe someone a little more professional would notice a slight difference. As to whether or not this improves the life of the strings and how long they last it's hard to say. But they do look nice and shiny and I would imagine that this does help them last that little but longer.
Price wise the Peavey guitar string cleaner is pretty cheap. You can buy a bottle online for around £3 which is nothing really. You do get a fair amount of value out of the little bottle as you don't need to use that much on your cloth. However, I have only bought this product once. There was nothing wrong with it and it was pretty good but it's just a bit of a faf using this. These days when my strings start to wear out or get dirty I just simply replace them. For people who play more often and take it all a little bit more serious than me then maybe this would be a very good product. It is cheap and it is good value so if you fancy giving this a try them go for it.
Although guitar strings fall into the category of disposable items, there are certain tricks and techniques which you can use to extend their lifespan. Once such is trick is Peavey's Guitar String Cleaner which can be used on both acoustic and electric strings. The cleaner removes grease and debris from the strings, thus preventing any unnecessary corrosion.
Costing £3.99 for the 160ml bottle, the cleaner is available from most music shops, and from various online retailers.
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I personally use the cleaner on my acoustic strings - not every time I finish playing, but every couple of months if I remember to do so. I find the product especially useful for heavier gauge strings which seem to last for years without breaking - these strings can develop a slight rust over time, which is something that the string cleaner can prevent. It should be pointed out that this cleaner won't remove heavy rust from strings once it has set in, and should really only be applied as a preventative measure.
For electric guitars, the cleaner can be used to get more life from your strings - especially the thin top E which (if it hasn't already snapped from extreme play) can turn quite brittle after a few months.
Using the Product
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The best way to use the cleaner is to apply a small amount directly from the bottle onto a clean non-fibrous cloth. Once on the cloth, gently rub up and down the top of the strings first, and then slide the cloth underneath and do the reverse. If your strings are quite old and haven't been cleaned before, you'll notice a large amount of dirt on the cloth, which gives me faith in the liquid's effectiveness.
After cleaning, i'm always surprised at the fact that the strings feel great and have a bright tone alongside a sound which is less dull than it was pre-clean - the difference really is noticeable.
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Overall, I would recommend Peavey's Guitar String Cleaner as an effective product which no self respecting guitarist should be without - it works well and is available very cheaply.
As with everything in my life I am obsessive when it comes to ensuring my prized Guitar is kept clean and since owning it have invested in a wide number of products to ensure that it is kept in as good a condition as possible. One of the brands I have used on numerous occasions is the Peavey line of products and the Guitar String cleaner which I am reviewing here has been one of the items I have used without hassle for years.
I would undoubtedly say that this cleaner has ensured my strings stay in better condition for longer and in the first few days of using this I began to notice the impact on the strings. A lot of grease dirt builds up on all parts of the strings whilst playing and even whilst standing, if as I do you display it out of a bag, and any serious player needs to ensure that the strings are clean.
Being clean ensures you get more lifespan out of the strings and also that they have a better quality sound over a longer period. A product like the Peavey cleaner can aid in this.
I paid £4.50 from a local shop for the small bottle which is 160ml. All you simply do with the product is spray it onto a dry cloth and gently rub it into your strings. It is easier taking the strings off to do this but it can be done with them on the guitar as well. Simply rub into the string making sure you hit the key areas of the top of the fret board and the strumming section. You will see when its working as it gleams a little in the light. Afterwards you need to ensure you give it a dust down with a cloth to get rid of any build up from the spray and make sure it has not went onto other parts of the guitar where leaving it for some time could result in marks.
Generally I have found this to be a safe product though that has not damaged either my strings or guitar and using it once every week, one bottle lasts me 4-5 months and I generally only need 3 per year which isn't bad considering the value you get from saving money on replacing strings. There has been no damage to anything, the spray isn't an irritant so you don't need to worry about skin conditions and it leaves no odur, smell or grease on your axe. It destroys the dirt and provides added lifespan to the strong and for that it deserves a five star rating.
~A quick way to spruce up your strings~
When you fit a nice new shiny set of strings to your guitar they are in tip top condition and ready to be used and in many cases abused, in the quest to play that great riff or complete that piece of music that you always wanted to play yet haven't been able to master. Over time the lovely new shiny finish that new strings have becomes dull and dirty as the materials used to make them react with the olis in your skin and any passing dust and dirt. Over time if you fail to keep them in good shape the effects of this mean that your guitar strings can become sticky, less responsive and more prone to breaking and will need replacing more quickly.
There are ways that you can help to keep string deterioration to a minimum and one of the products that I have found can help is the use of some Peavey Guitar String Cleaner which when used to clean off the build up of grime and dirt can help to prolong the life of strings, which saves money buying new ones more often and makes for a better over all feel of the strings you already have in use. The thing about guitar strings is that over time as they come into contact with the oils in your skin a certain amount of oxidation begins to take place and those same strings will begin to darken in colour and lose their sound quality. This reaction in turn can make the strings harder to tune with a marked loss in tone and clarity over time.
Whilst cleaning your guitar strings with some Peavey Guitar String Cleaner does help to combat these issues to some extent it isn't a total solution and so it should be thought of as part of a regular regime of cleaning and maintenance that can be done between string changes to gain a few more weeks of use. If you leave your guitar strings in their unclean state and continue to use them they will be slightly more at risk of breaking more easily and will never ring out as clear and true as they once did. When wanting to fit new strings to your guitar it may be worth using a better quality set such as those made by Elixer as they have a special nanoweb coating that will keep them in better condition for longer. As an example a new set of Elixers can last between 3 to 5 times longer than normal uncoated strings, however it is still good practice to keep up a cleaning regime with a product such as Peavey Guitar String Cleaner even when using Elixer strings.
~How to use Peavey String Cleaner~
When wanting to use the Peavey Guitar String Cleaner it is wise to make sure that you have a couple of soft clean cloths at the ready which can be used to complete a fair clean of your guitar strings. The Peavey Guitar String Cleaner comes in a simple plastic spray type bottle and I find the best way to use it is to spray a small amount of the Peavey Guitar String Cleaner onto a clean soft cloth and then use that to carefully clean off the strings. I have found it is simple enough to clean strings by using a cloth placed under the strings which can be lightly folded over the top of them. This cloth can then be slid softly along the length of the strings all the way up to the nut to remove some of the build up prior to using the Peavey Guitar String Cleaner.
Once the first cloth has been used in this way I like to use a a small amount of the Peavey Guitar String Cleaner which can be sprayed directly onto the cloth which can be used in the same way to wipe over and under the strings. I find that by placing the cloth under the strings in the same manner I am able to reach the underside of the strings as well as the top of the strings with ease. If I feel that the strings really need a little more of the Peavey String Cleaner on them I can use a little more where needed and once I am happy with the results I finish with a light wipe using a final soft clean cloth to complete the clean. Using the Peavey Guitar String Cleaner in this way is easy to do and should not harm any parts of the guitar if used with care and attention.
Once the Peavey Guitar String Cleaner has worked its magic you can generally see a difference in the colour and look of the guitar strings that have been cleaned with a slight improvement to the feel and tone of the strings too. By using a product such as Peavey Guitar String Cleaner you can slightly extend the life time of a set of strings by a few weeks in some cases, although as mentioned these types of products should be seen as something that can only extend the life of a set of strings for a short while. Ultimately the best way to ensure you have longer lasting strings is to buy the best you can and use a regular cleaning and maintenance regime along side them. Even though the Peavey Guitar String Cleaner is a reasonable product that works well it won't work miracles with cheaper poorer quality strings that are on their way out.
~Rating and price~
You can buy Peavey Guitar String Cleaner as a stand alone product which can cost from £3 upwards to £4.99 for a 160ml sized bottle of the product which will last for a good number of cleans if used sparingly. You can also buy a mini cleaning set which includes a Peavey Polishing Cloth as well as a Peavey Polisher product and the string cleaner which I feel offers good value, with prices being around £7.99 for the set of 3 products. The Peavey Guitar String Cleaner spray is suitable for use with electric or acoustic guitar strings and I would advise that care should be taken with the product as it is flammable and should also be kept away from your eyes when in use. As the Peavey Guitar String Cleaner that came as part of my cleaning set worked well when in use and gave pleasing results I feel it ought to get a 4 star product rating.