GHS Fast Fret

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GHS Fast Fret
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Waste of money!
cigilovic.com 27.08.2023
Recently I lots of items from Thomann and also added a wide variety of instrument care and maintenance products so I could feature them on my blog and share my views with you. I couldn't resist but finally wanted to give GHS Fast Fret a go.

All the claims that it has are pretty much made-up stuff. Does it clean your strings? Is it maybe just because you have rubbed your guitar strings and entire fretboard with mineral oil then you need to remove the excess oil, naturally you will be cleaning the gunk on your strings.

It's just white mineral oil and the specially formulated label is very misleading. The only thing that could happen to white mineral oil is that they may be using the highest quality of the oil. But it doesn't mean anything.

Just have a look at this calculation that I made;
The applicator contains a few grams of mineral oil at max. I think it's even less. That white/yellow applicator part weighs around 8g with mineral oil included.

The white mineral oil costs around 0.042 EUR per ml and this is a very expensive example. There are many products in the market that cost a lot less than this.

Mineral oil density is around 0.8 to 0.9g/ml.
Assuming the applicator part contains 4g of mineral oil;
How many ml of white mineral oil does GHS Fast Fret offer?

4/0.8 = 5ml and how much does this cost per ml? 9.6/5=€1.92 (And this is a very generous calculation!)

So you basically pay around 46 times more than a pretty expensive mineral oil in the market. If you calculate with affordable options, this number could even go up to 100 or more! Just imagine you would like to buy the same amount of mineral oil via buying Fast Fret, you would have to pay over €1000!!!

It's definitely not worth it at all. Apart from being extremely expensive, this is not how you should care for your guitars and guitar strings. To be honest, I find it very successful as they have been able to sell tens of thousands of this product.

Just look at Thomann's website and see the number of reviews! At the moment, there are around 10000 reviews and we know that not every person who buys a product writes a review. That means there have been probably 60000 to 80000 or more people who bought Fast Fret!

If you are looking for alternatives, here's my advice. Go grab some essential oils and a real string cleaner. For essential oils, I highly suggest you go pick up Sandberg Fingerboard Oil or Music Nomad F-One Oil.

There are natural essential oils that you can toss into your salad and still survive! Note that these are for your fingerboards! But if you ever thought rubbing mineral oil to your strings and the fingerboard is fine, you can do the same with these essential oils.

But if you are after a solid string cleaner, I highly recommend Dunlop Formula65 String Cleaner which will remove corroded particles, clean your strings and also make them slippery. While I was working in the musical instruments business, we would often use Formula65 String Cleaner when we needed to liven up factory strings and remove corroded parts on them.
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Broke with on first use
Anonymous 02.03.2023
I loved the old version with the twist mechanism in it, very sturdy, this one broke on first use, the head is glued on (badly). Shitty construction for a not very cheap product.
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Beware! Probably fake one
Sergei V 09.10.2022
It is a second time I buy GHS Fast Fret. The previous time the product was great. I used it until it dried. I still have it, so I can visually compare to the new one. First, the can is totally different. The previous can was made of metal with sharp contrast text on it. The new can is made of plastic that looks very cheap and is not even. Have some traces of paint. The text is not sharp. The new product itself is terrible - it is made from some poor material that leaves "hairs" everywhere on strings, between frets etc. And it is hard to remove. So guitars, where I applied it, are now full of these hairs. It is really challenging to remove them. I will try other products next time.
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don't like it
Anonymous 08.05.2014
Many People seem to like it, und don't understand that. The sponge was almost completely dry, I think there might have been some production issue. Anyway, I tried it and my fretboard felt gluey. I did not like the feel of the strings afterwards, so even if there would be some improvements in Sound, I'd rather change strings than use Fast Fret again.

As I said, many People like it. So I would recommend you to try it once. If you like it you might save some money which you would have spent for strings otherwise. If you don't like it you just lost some Euros.
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Not recommended
Rathminer 28.03.2019
Left the strings very greasy and I found it was difficult to play. Had to change the strings and bin this stuff.
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