Fingerease vs Fast-Fret vs Dunlop System 65
This video reviews and and demonstrates how to apply Tone Finger Ease, GHS Fast-Fret, and Dunlop string and fretboard cleaners. Personally, I’ve used both Finger Ease and Fast Fret and prefer Finger Ease. Fast-Fret isn’t a “bad” product in my opinion, it’s just that, unlike the aerosol can of Finger Ease which isn’t going to dry out, the Fast Fret applicator does dry out sooner or later. And once it does, little pieces of the applicator begin flaking off. If you can afford to buy a new one fairly regularly, I suppose that will keep you with an applicator moist enough all the time such that the drying out aspect would not be a problem. I’ve heard you can also apply some liquid mineral oil to the Fast Fret applicator to rejuvenate it once it starts drying out. I didn’t know that at the time so I didn’t try it before disposing of mine and so I can’t speak to how well that works.
How I Got Started Using Finger Ease
I began using Finger Ease after the owner of my local music shop recommended it to me. He said he’s used it on his own personal guitars for years as well as all the ones in his shop. That was good enough for me, so I bought a can. It’s great! Sprays on easily. Just take a soft cloth and wipe over your strings and fretboard. It may not condition the fretboard quite as much as as Fast-Fret, but I can’t say for sure. They seem pretty close in that regard. They are rather close in price, too. You can get them online cheaper than what I paid for them in my local store and shipping is free to boot!
When I need another can of Fingerease, I’ll just pick up some strings and any other guitar what-not while I’m at it as I find their strings are always about 30-50% less too. But I still buy from my local guy when in a pinch.
As for the Dunlop guitar/string cleaning kit, I plan to get one of those and will update this post with my experience on it. You can get the Dunlop “System 65 Guitar Maintenance Kit” here as well as here.
I think you probably really can’t go wrong with any of these 3 products. They really do help make your strings last longer, as well as help your fingers glide along a little easier thereby reducing finger soreness allowing you to play a little longer than you might otherwise.
** Update: I’ve read in some forums where some were concerned about the long-term effects on their guitars when using string lubricant products such as these. I really can’t speak to that as I’ve not used them long enough to experience any possible “long-term” (10+ years in my book) effects might be. I would say be careful not to do over do it. My practice was to spray Finger ease up and down the fretboard and then wipe it down after ever session. Now, I think a safer approach might be to spray it on the cloth first and then wipe the strings down using that cloth (avoiding getting it directly on the fretboard itself). My primary intention in using it is to get my strings to last longer as opposed to conditioning the fretboard, so this works fine. For the fretboard conditioning, if that’s even needed (I hear maple fretboards don’t need it – guess they are naturally oily), it might be best to apply the Dunlop fretboard cleaner just to the fretboard during string changes. So that’s my two cents. If you have an experience with any of these products you’d like to share, please do so in the comments below.