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Music Nomad Frine Fret Polish Review (MN104) – Excellent Fret Polish!

Hello there, back again with another excellent review of possibly my favourite instrument care product by MusicNomad. This time we will be looking at one of the best fret polishes in the market, Music Nomad Frine Fret Polish. In this Music Nomad Frine review article, I will introduce the Music Nomad company to you and talk about their wonderful fret polish, Frine as well as provide you with a quick test video to show you if it’s really worth it!

MusicNomad Company

For those who have never heard of Music Nomad company, here’s a quick introduction and a little bit of their history. Music Nomad is an American company founded by Rand Rognlien. Mr. Rognlien was the owner of the Car Care company throughout the ’90s and 2000s. He specialised in this segment and managed to develop over 100 Car Care products and become a market leader in this segment. As a musician, guitar and bass player, he wanted to achieve more in the music field and launched MusicNomad.com in 2008.

Surprisingly, the MusicNomad website was initially a platform where musicians could discover ranked and reviewed resources to help them produce, sell and support their music along with hundreds of articles, tips and tricks on music making. As Mr. Rognlien wanted to keep everything free of charge for musicians, he also started thinking about creating a revenue stream to accelerate the growth of the MusicNomad company.

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Therefore he used his extensive experience in manufacturing highest highest-quality cleaning and care products by having worked with experts in the business and eventually created the MusicNomad product line. They tested all the possible cleaning, care and maintenance products such as polishes, and waxes in the music industry and improved upon them as they did not like everything about what the market offered.

Their unique formulas along with their utmost care in choosing the best and most environmentally friendly ingredients such as White Brazilian Carnauba as well as UV Protectants, and Gloss Enhancers feature 100% non-toxic, non-abrasive ingredients. Even the bottles they use are made of 100% PET, the most earth-friendly, recyclable plastic.

In 2010, MusicNomad released its guitar and drum care product line which can be purchased through over 3000 dealers in 40 countries. The feedback, awards and compliments that they have received in the music industry have been outstanding and they keep rocking!

Check out all the articles featuring MusicNomad here

Music Nomad Frine

MusicNomad Frine is the company’s only fret polish product that has been available in the market recently. It’s one of the newest products by the legendary Music Nomad company.

As you may have noticed with your guitars, the frets on your instrument will get oxidised regardless of how much you love and play them. Even stainless steel frets get oxidised as this is a naturally occurring process in nature.

If you never spend any time caring for and maintaining your instrument, you should know that if you keep not investing time and money in your guitars, you will eventually have to pay for someone else to do that. Oxidised frets will eventually wear faster because of the layers accumulated on the surface of the frets which are easier to interact with your strings.

Music Nomad Frine in Hand
Music Nomad Frine in Hand

Music Nomad Frine is designed to include micro-fine polishing compounds that safely and quickly remove oxidation, dirt and any oil on the fret surfaces. It restores smoothness and guarantees a shiny look without even using any abrasives on your frets.

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As with any Music Nomad products, they are extremely transparent with what they put into their products! I really appreciate their openness about the ingredients. Simply, visit their website and check out individual FAQ pages for each product and you will a see list of ingredients without messing with your mind. Superb ethics!

Music Nomad Frine
Music Nomad Frine – Finest Fret Polish

Music Nomad Frine Ingredients

  • C12-14 Isoparafin Solvent/Cleaner Solubilizes or dissolves at least one other substance to form a solution.
  • DMDM Hydantoin preservative – Used to make the solution environment less favourable to the microorganisms
  • Mono(hydroxymethyl)-5,5-dimethylimidazolidine-2,4-dione – Used to make the solution environment less favourable to the microorganisms
  • Eugenol Fragrance – For flavouring the solution
  • C.I. Acid Violet 48 – For colouring the solution

Music Nomad Frine comes in a small tube that 30ml (or 1 oz.) of magical Frine. Based on the current pricing

How to Use MusicNomad Frine?

Using Frine is pretty straightforward, however, you should be careful with the amount you are going to apply. At first, I tend to use a generous amount on the polishing cloth, however, it immediately spreads on the MusicNomad Fretboard Guard and lands on the fingerboard. As you can also see in the official Music Nomad video, only a tiny little bit of Frine is enough for a couple of frets already.

Also, as mentioned in the official video, try to use their MusicNomad Fret Guards or masking tape while applying Frine. Even though it’s very easy to remove the excess Frine from the fretboard, I think there’s no need to cover the entire fretboard with a fret polish.

In my test video below, I am also using MusicNomad Fret Guards. These Fret Guards are definitely very useful and practical except for the fact that I couldn’t fit it in the last couple of frets of my Schecter Hellraiser Hybrid PT-7. 🙂

MusicNomad Frine Fret Polish Review

As with any Music Nomad product, Music Nomad Frine also delivers what has been promised by the company. So you can take my test video as a confirmation of their claims but I had no doubt that this would not work at all.

Based on the calculation on the Thomann product page, Music Nomad Frine costs 396.67EUR per litre which sounds extremely expensive at first sight. However, when you consider how much you should be using per session, I can easily tell you that this will last for years. So I believe it’s a good investment for your guitars.

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Here you can also watch my Frine test video, as you can see it’s extremely quick, easy and effective as claimed by Music Nomad! You can easily see the massive difference between frets polished with Frine and not yet polished ones in the video.

However, I also want to share some still images from my instrument care session here below. I deliberately used my camera’s flash to show you how shiny these frets have become after a few seconds of applying Frine.

Note that, I tried Frine on my Schecter which has stainless steel frets as well as on my Epiphone SG Custom which has nickel frets. Music Nomad Frine works extremely well and consistently on both fret types.

Music Nomad Frine Schecter
Music Nomad Frine on Schecter Hellraiser Hybrid PT-7

And this next image shows all the polished frets on my Schecter. I can’t imagine how shinier they would get if I used any buffing device!!!

Music Nomad Frine Stainless Frets
Music Nomad Frine on Schecter’s Stainless Frets

The same goes for the nickel frets, please check out the next image showing shiny nickel frets on my Epiphone SG Custom Ebony.

Music Nomad Frine Epiphone Frets
Music Nomad Frine Epiphone Frets

Note that, you can also use Music Nomad Frine on your guitar hardware such as metal pickup covers, bridges, tailpieces, tuning pegs and screws! While caring for and maintaining my Epiphone SG Custom, I also cleaned the pickup covers which had deep stains for months of waiting on the corner.

Music Nomad Frine Epiphone Hardware
Music Nomad Frine Epiphone Hardware

More Live MusicNomad Frine Tests!

While taking care of my instruments, I had the chance to record the restringing and instrument care sessions for each and already published some additional videos. Take these as guitar therapy sessions 🙂 Here, you can watch MusicNomad Frine in action and find out how it works on any frets!

Frine on Ibanez RG565

Frine on Takamine GD30CE

Verdict

Music Nomad Frine, as with any Music Nomad product is not an exception and absolutely delivers its promise! Although it sounds like a costly product initially, with the amount needed for each cleaning session, you will likely use a single tube of Frine for many many years.

So from a cost perspective, I think it’s pretty affordable. As Music Nomad products have become available in the EU market recently, there have been only 18 user reviews on Thomann.

Frine has had a rating of 4.6/5 which is outstanding user feedback considering the fact that it’s been available for a year in the EU! As with any Music Nomad product, I have my full trust in the Music Nomad product line and have no doubt about the product quality across their entire catalogue.

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As always, I have never been endorsed by any brand to publish a paid article containing positive reviews, it’s the same with Music Nomad products and this particular article. I’m a big fan of their products and would like to promote them as they totally deserve more success!

Thanks for visiting my blog and supporting me so far! I will hopefully see you in the next review here!

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