Glen 2012-04-19 00:06:20
Apologies if I have missed an earlier post , but I was just wondering how
these were going down with those of you fortunate to have tried them. I
remember that they were possibly going to be on trial with some of the
luthiers showing at not-healdsburg…how did they hold up to show demands?
Also, info. on a mail order place stokcing them would be good!
Al evans 2012-04-19 21:46:50
Well, I’ve been using the String Swipes for over a week now. I’m a
little hesitant to say much about them, because I haven’t exactly
followed the directions.
First of all, what I got was a ziplock bag with a little plastic
canister containing 50 (I think) 1 1/2″ squares of fabric impregnated
with “Ingredients”. It has a slight, nondescript, but not obtrusive,
According to the instructions on one of the ziplock bags, you’re
supposed to wipe down the strings before playing, wait a minute or two,
then wipe them off with a soft cloth. You’re supposed to repeat this
procedure after playing, then discard the Swipe.
A little math convinced me this was not practical — at $10 for 50 of
them, that’s 20 cents each, which would be the cost of a set of strings
every thirty days…. Uh, wait, I don’t even CHANGE my strings every 30
I have non-toxic hands, and play lightly, and strings normally last me
six weeks to two months.
So far, though, it doesn’t seem to be a problem to use the same one for
three or four days.
I did not say “EWWW!” after I wiped the strings with them, which is
good. I don’t like “stuff” on my strings. Whatever coating it leaves
behind is not obtrusive or greasy or anything. The portion that gets on
the fretboard when you wipe the strings comes right off when you wipe
it afterwards with a soft cloth. I don’t get the impression that any
kind of guck is building up anywhere.
It does make the strings slicker. I can’t say exactly how slick,
because I don’t use coated strings normally (see ‘don’t like “stuff” on
my strings’ above). A little less slick than Elixir Polywebs, I think.
But slick enough to be noticeable on slides and such.
I’ll have to try it on a new set of strings to be certain (my current
strings had been on about a week before I used the Swipes), but I think
it will solve my problem with the plain strings being “rough” and
increasing the pick noise.
I did find out this morning you can drop them in the soundhole:-)
I got mine in a few days by calling Michelle at JP Strings, at
Glen 2012-04-19 21:48:01
Thanks for the initial review Al. I’m a strictly no *stuff* on my strings
type of guy also…though you non-toxic hand guys have it easy! :OP
Look forward to seeing how these pan out long term.
Eliud 2012-04-20 01:25:19
How does this product compare to GHS’s Fast Fret with regard to feel?
Al evans 2012-04-20 18:53:05
I really don’t know — it’s been a zillion years since I tried Fast
Fret and, as I recall, I only did it once. So I guess I didn’t like it.
Al evans 2012-04-20 18:53:09
Well, as I said, it doesn’t feel any weirder than playing on Elixir
Polywebs, which a lot of people find acceptable.
Incidentaly, I had a friend try out my guitar yesterday, and his
assessment agreed with mine — they feel a little “greasy”, not as much
so as Polywebs, more than Nanowebs. Noticeably slicker than the
D’Addarios on his guitar.
Foldedpath 2012-04-20 22:47:06
How is the noise factor for recording, compared to Polywebs? Does it do as
much as the Polywebs to reduce finger squeaks?
Al evans 2012-04-21 17:00:39
I don’t know yet, Mike. I haven’t recorded with them yet (maybe next
My guess would be a little less than Polywebs, but ‘way more than
Al evans 2012-04-22 15:38:06
John, how do you tell when one is “used up”?
The package I have says “BEFORE PLAYING, Swipe your strings…REPEAT
AFTER PLAYING…Then discard the Swipe.”
I guess I mistook this to mean “use once” — what are the real
Johnpearse 2012-04-22 15:38:30
Quite often the instructions that I write for a new product will pass through a
number of hands in the office and get ‘modified’ in the transfer.
I, for instance, never said that my Faux Tortoise-shell Bridgepins were made
What I actually said was that they were made from casein – a milk protein that
can be converted into a moderately hard plastic. Somehow along the way,
probably because of lack of space, it became truncated… and so some people
might have gotten the idea that it was a nutritious treat for their guitar 🙂
In my experience the efficacy of a Swipe remains – always provided you replace
it in the container and close the lid firmly – until it becomes too frayed to
In practice, however, I usually discard them when the begin to resemble my old
Kurt anderson 2012-04-22 15:39:14
Now… these are just for strings… right?
Jshermannospam 2012-04-23 13:57:30
Careful. John. One day one of these inventions of yours is gonna land
your b*** right in ‘Who’s Who.’
And then where will you be? (Besides in Who’s Who?’)
You’ll be in ‘Who’s Who,’ that’s where.
(Not in ‘Who’s Who’ himself but trying to see how many times he can
right ‘Who’s Who’ in one post.)
J.sorell 2012-04-23 13:58:03
That blows my theory that I can’t play well because my guitar is lactose intolerant.
Sirwill1 2012-04-24 12:22:15
: (Not in ‘Who’s Who’ himself but trying to see how many times he can
: right ‘Who’s Who’ in one post.)
So before you righted “Who’s Who” it was “oqM s,oqM” right?
Misifus 2012-05-07 14:46:00
Len, you have such a sweet way of expressing your disapproval.