Baby oil for guitar strings!

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  • #19767
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    larsguitar
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    A little buit of a tip for string longevity on electric guitars. Put a bit of baby oil on a cloth and swipe it over the strings. They will not rust!

    #19778
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    is that true?!?? do they still sound good??

    #19785
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    Wow! Nobody has ever told me that before! I haven’t had any rust so far though fortunately. The strings usually wind up snapping once in a while and get replaced so that’s probably why. Interesting tip!

    #19795
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    I actually heard this same thing from using coconut oil. The coconut contains natural anti-bacterial stuff in it which protects it from rust. I am not sure how true this is because I read it online but I’d imagine you can find more info to back it up or find it false. I use coconut oil for everything. I love the stuff.

    #19805
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    Nice, im going to try this with my electric guitar. With my acoustic guitar a friend of mine said to use WD40 after wiping the strings so that they look new!

    #19840
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    I did a google search on WD40 and wow, it keeps pretty much anything from rusting. I’d imagine this is the best thing to use on strings.

    #28105
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    Baby oil…any oil…I have never heard of that. I do know that wiping your strings with a dry cloth also helps keeping the rust a bay (some manual’s suggestion).

    I’m just wondering, would it not make your fingers oily?

    I agree with kristin_r, I replace my strings every now and again, so my experience with rust is limited.

    #28123
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    I would never use these kinds of oils on a guitar! Would use put wd40 on a piece of furniture! Plus they make string cleaner. I actually prefer Elixir strings for acoustic, they never rust.

    #28187
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    The closest I’ll get to having oil on my guitar is when giving my rosewood fretboard some oil :). But then it will be because I’ll be forced to maintain my guitar.

    #28195
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    Even that you have to be careful. Lemoil is good I hear, or linseed, but not for long. I just have my luthier do it cause I love my guitars

    #28198
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    That’s nice. I would not have minded my luthier to maintain my guitars, only he would make me bankrupt. Charged me a truckload of cash to rewire my guitar…so I did it myself :)

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