If you received a new guitar as a gift, or just decided to buy it for yourself, it’s important to know how to take care of it.
Sometimes new guitars have been sitting in a showroom for days, or weeks before they’re sold, and have been played by a number of people before you personally ever touched it. So you need to be even more careful about your instrument from the very first moment you get them.
Here are some of the most important things you should definitely avoid.
Don’t disregard the humidity and temperature
It is important to keep the humidity and temperature of a guitar stable. If the humidity or temperature changes drastically, it will have an impact on the sound and playability of your guitar, this is more so important for higher end guitars.
Humidity is important for guitars because it helps create a protective layer on the surface of your guitar. This protective layer can help prevent your guitar from getting scratches or cracks.
Temperature affects the tension of strings which can affect how well you play your guitar. For example, if you play in a very cold place, you may notice that the strings are more difficult to press down than usual and require more force from your fingers.
Don’t let your strings get old
Many guitar players know that there are a few things that can make
your guitar sound better. One of these is changing strings, just like on tennis raquets!
Even if they are clean and have only a few playing hours on them, strings have a finite lifetime. There comes a time when strings stop intonating as well. This implies that some fretted notes won't be in tune even if your open strings may be. If this happens while your guitar is correctly set up, it's necessary to switch out the strings.
Never leave your guitar lying around
Always keep them on a stand or a rack or a wall hanger. Scratches will become the least of your worries if you are used to leaving your instrument on the table or couch for extended periods. More complications such as warping of the neck can emerge when your guitar is being stored in an unsafe manner.
A guitar stand, guitar rack or a wall hanger is one of the most important accessories any guitar player can have. So, we recommend guitar players always remember to hang or store their guitars on a stand or rack. Items like the ones we offer in our online store are perfect for this purpose.
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Don’t clean your guitar with water
It’s a common misconception that you should use water to clean your guitar. The truth is, this is the worst thing you can do for it. The water will just sit on the strings and ruin them, as well as leave residue in the cracks and crevices of your instrument.
If you’re looking for a way to clean your guitar, there are plenty of other options that are actually much better for your instrument. One of the best ways to clean is to use a dry cloth or towel to wipe down all of the dirt and grime from the surface of your instrument. You can also use rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner on a dry cloth to get rid of any fingerprints or smudges that may have accumulated over time.
So these points are our quick breakdown of how to keep your guitar in good shape. Now you know the dangers, you’ll be sure to keep your guitar “happy”.