Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by kinmike, Feb 16, 2015.
Do you do this before playing every time or just when changing strings? Maybe somewhere in between?
I never do. If everything's cut right and smooth, it shouldn't nescessary. That said, unless you get it everywhere and make a mess, the lube is harmless. If you must use it, I'd say just experiment and see how often you need to do it.
I did it once about 12 years ago. Never bothered with any type of lube since. As previously stated, lube on the nut and saddles is more of a band-aid than a cure. It's just messy, and a properly cut nut is a thing of beauty that should require minimal fuss.
I hit each moving contact point at each string change with just a bit of Teflon lube in paste form. It is white and cleans up easily. After all the strings are on and up to pitch, I give a good pied own, so any remaining lube is under the strings.
I do it out of precaution. I keep a tube of plain Chapstick in my string change kit in case I have a sticky nut at a gig. He only used it when changing a band mates broken string on the fly. G- of course... And made the ping disappear instantly.