Here is an essential guide on how to ensure your guitar sounds and looks as good as new.
Keep it Clean
Clean and polish the top, sides and back of your guitar regularly. Apply furniture polish to your guitar, or your can buy any number of polishes offered by guitar companies specifically for the guitar application. Make sure you establish a bimonthly cleaning and polishing regime & your guitar will always look and sound good.
Also, wipe down the neck with a dry cloth after every use to protect your fret board and to prolong string life
Clean the frets every time you change strings.
When you play often, a lot of dirt, grime and oils from your hands will build up on the fret board.
Use a soft bristle toothbrush and soap foam to clean it out.
Avoid harsh Conditions
Guitars need a cool, dry environment. Never expose your instrument to excessive heat or cold for prolonged periods of time. Heat and sunlight can damage the varnish and wood & make your guitar look old and faded almost overnight.
Humidity is Really Bad
Our Monsoons are brutal when it comes to your Guitar. There’s little protection even when you store it in a case. As a tip add silica packets to absorb the moisture inside the case
Look out for loose Parts:
Regularly check and tighten all screws & strap-pins . This just makes good sense, because you don’t want any unneeded rattling or jingling when you’re playing your instrument, either at a gig or at home for your own pleasure.
Avoid things that can cause scratches, dings and other scars
Sure a picture of your cat playing a guitar is awesome, but it isn’t worth damaging your guitar.
Also, buy a stand! Never leave your guitar propped up against the wall or your amplifier. We have seen irreparable damage done to some quality instruments because they fell from being propped up.
Service Your Guitar at least once a year:
Take carry your instrument to your local guitar technician for a complete look-over. No matter how well you take care of your instrument, the truss rod will need adjusting regularly, and the intonation screws on the pickups will need to be adjusted to ensure that your are getting the balanced sound that you want from your guitar.
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