Teemu M.


I was set to find out if the fast fret really had changed in the last five years.

It used to feel very slippery. Now I bought a new one and it feels sticky compared to that .Slides feel very difficult. Only thing that is different are the strings. Could it be that it simply reacts in a different way on different set of strings? If the smell is indeed the only thing that has changed.

Best regards,


Jonathan Moody

Hi Teemu, depending on what strings you had and what strings you use now, the Fast-Fret could do something different to them. I notice a difference when I use FF on a set of flats compared to a set of Boomers. 

Edh S.

Hi Jonathan,

Thanks for the response; I appreciate a reply.  So the original formula was different only in smell, huh?  I had no idea.  You know how it is: if it smells different, it is.  And yeah, I'm in the league of those who have smelled the earlier scent, and long to do so again.

Edh S.


I have been using your strings since the 80s. 

I was right on it, when Fast Fret first came out, and still have a half a can. 

I noticed quite a difference when i bought a can, last month, at Kline Music, here in Sacramento.  It doesn't have the semi-citrus smell and is now made of mineral (petroleum) oil.  Please consider an option of the old 'recipe' for us old-timers.

Thanks for your attention.




Jonathan Moody

Hey, thanks for the feedback and the concern. The only thing that has changed throughout the years is the smell. Sadly, the original almond smell that everyone loved - us too! - was discontinued many years ago. We've been consistently on the hunt for a new "fragrance" to use; the current one is the closest we've found to date. 

That said, there is still a reverence for the original, wooden handled Fast-Fret. 

Jonathan Moody

I wish I could help you, but the "original" formula is basically impossible to go back to. The reason the smell was changed was due to the original company being discontinued.