Originally Posted by SonicProvocateur
+1 Guitars always need to be kept in a temperate a humidity controlled area to prevent rust and neck warp. I one of those packs came in my PRS case and i mistakenly left it in there and I had to humidify the neck again so it would hold shape well and I wouldn't have to tweak it once a week.
The oils on your hands are to blame for the strings prematurely degrading. Wash your hands with soap and dry them before you play. Then after you play wipe the strings off, that should keep the oils off the strings.
*puts on glasses*
It would actually be the chlorides from your persperation. If you live up north, its not the "oils of the snow" causing your car to rust out. Washing your hands still applies, but only for a minute. This is why some people rust out faster then others. People sweat a different amount.
I really want to know where the "oils in your hands" thing came from, as its a ridiculous misconception among the vast majority of guitarists.
General corrosion (rust) requires 2 things. Oxygen and chlorides (any form), not oil.
You want a practical solution? Get a bottle of ammonia or windex (need something basic), and get a rag with some on it and wipe your strings when you are done playing. Not a whole bunch, but enough to clean it. You can do this for your bridge if you find yourself getting pitting corrosion as well. Windex will NOT damage wood, coated or otherwise, and is safe to use on any neck. Not only are you cleaning the salts off, but basic solutions naturally inhibit corrosion up until around 12-13pH level.
Coated strings will work for a little while, and would last longer then your set list. If it didnt, I would be calling up Elixir and nagging them to death.
richard, does your "Fast fret" cleaner have an ingredients or active ingredients list? barring that, what does it smell like? I sent GHS an email and will see what they say...