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The Dunlop System 65 Guitar Tech Kit (left) comes with everything you need to keep your guitar looking good and maybe even playing better. The Jim Dunlop Stringwinder included in the kit (right) looks and works all the other plastic stringwinders. The keys here are "works" and maybe "free".
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Dunlop System 65 Guitar Tech Kit

Shinning, protecting and enhancing

Text and photos by Tom Hintz

Posted – 8-27-2012

I know some guys think they can’t play a guitar right that isn’t all grunged up as if they drag it to each gig. I like to think of my guitars as investments in my personal enjoyment that are worthy of a little care and protection. So, when I started noticing the fingerprints on my recently obtained guitars I started looking for stuff to take better care of them with. On a trip to the local guitar shop I noticed the Dunlop System 65 Guitar Tech Kit and while the sales/guitar player recommended it, I liked the potential of its contents so picked one up.

The Basics

The Dunlop System 65 Guitar Tech Kit comes with a bottle of String Cleaner and Conditioner, a bottle of Guitar Polish and Cleaner, a bottle of Lemon Oil, two cotton polishing cloths, an ultra-fine fret polishing cloth (abrasive) and an official Jim Dunlop Stringwinder.

Not surprisingly aside from the Dunlop logo the official Jim Dunlop Stringwinder looks just like all the other promotional plastic stringwinders out there. The good news is that the official Jim Dunlop Stringwinder also works as well as the others so is handy to keep around.

The String Cleaner and Conditioner is meant to keep your strings cleaner and inhibit corrosion from the acids our fingers leave behind. This concoction is also said to lubricate the strings to reduce the zing of unpracticed fingers sliding on round-wound strings. (Yes, I need this) The package also claims that this conditioner restores the brilliance of the strings and while I can’t say that I can hear the difference, I can’t disprove it either. I’ll settle for the cleaning and lubricating properties anyway, brilliance-enhanced or not.

The String Cleaner and Conditioner (left) is applied right from the bottle using the built-in applicator, then the excess is buffed off. The Guitar Polish and Cleaner (right) is sprayed onto one of the included cloths then buffed off with the other cloth.
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To use the String Cleaner and Conditioner you just shake up the bottle, remove the cap and turn it upside down. A fabric-like applicator in the bottle gets saturated with the material and you rub that onto the strings. Let it soak in (or do something) for 10 seconds and then buff the strings with a soft cloth.

The Guitar Polish and Cleaner comes in a spray bottle and is meant to both clean the guitar surfaces and polish them up. I don’t often find things that really will clean and shine something up at the same time but the Guitar Polish and Cleaner seems to make both happen. And it seems to work just as well on the chrome surfaces as it does the wood.

To use the Guitar Polish and Cleaner you spray some on one of the included polishing cloths and rub it into the surface. Then you buff it away with the clean cloth. The package warns against spraying the Guitar Polish and Cleaner directly on the surface or rubbing it into cracks and chips and while I have not had any issues with either (and I have both on at least one guitar) I do pay attention to this when using this material. Buffing the surface really does bring up a shine and it seems to leave a surface that resists fingerprints a little better than without Guitar Polish and Cleaner so this is another keeper.

The Ultimate Lemon Oil is used on the bare wood fingerboards to keep them clean and moisturized to prevent cracking. Being a woodworker I like things that treat wood so this makes lots of sense to me. Plus, wood just looks better with some kind of moisture in it.

The Ultimate Lemon Oil is applied with the strings off which is fine as applying it whenever you change strings (or every other time) seems to work just fine. This bottle also has the fabric-like applicator built in so you spread it onto the fretboard and use a cloth to rub it in and remove the dirt. Buff the wood a little to get rid of any excess and you are good to go.

Plugged In

The Ultimate Lemon Oil is applied right from the bottle with the strings removed and then rubbed out to remove dirt and excess oil.
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I have been using the Dunlop System 65 Guitar Tech Kit for a couple of months now and cannot argue with the claims on the packaging. All of three of the materials appear to do what they claim to and application is pretty much a no-brainer. (For most of us….) Also, none of this stuff leaves an odd smell on the guitar so people close by won’t be looking at you suspiciously. The Ultimate Lemon Oil does leave a lemon fragrance (shocker alert) that might help cover up other less pleasant odors sometimes found around rabid guitar players.

Conclusions

The Dunlop System 65 Guitar Tech Kit sells for about $19.99 (7-20-2012) which is reasonable on its own but this stuff goes a long, long way so the cost per use is very close to nothing. Seeing as how all of the components appear to work as advertised the Dunlop System 65 Guitar Tech Kit looks like a great value for those among us who like shinny guitars, or just shinny things in general.

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