So, you’ve been out and bought yourself a shiny new guitar. Fantastic! Congratulations to you I am very envious of that “new guitar” feeling. It is well worth making sure that you look after your guitar carefully so here are a few tips for you to do so.
- Cleaning your guitar
Just about all of the many professional products which are available to help you clean and polish your guitar should be perfectly safe to use. In general terms, I would make sure that you avoid using any kind of soap on your guitar or anything that is harsh abrasive. Also, the newsagent fingers got a lot of water on it because this can save into the ward and raise the grain. Best to make sure you use the proper cleaning materials, to be honest.
Like always, always, always clean my guitar thoroughly when I change the strings. It’s the only chance that you’re likely to get so that you can clean all the difficult to get to places. It’s quality satisfying job and it really doesn’t take long to do. I normally use household polish which helps keep off the dust and also makes the guitar shine quite nicely and adds a protective layer to avoid scratching.
Make sure that you will hard along the frets and get all the grime from behind the metal parts for it content to build up. One great tip is to make sure that you always keep a perfectly dry and clean cloth with your guitar and always wipe the strings and the rest of the guitar down whenever you finish playing. This helps to keep the strings in very good condition, in particular, and they will last a whole lot longer, sound better and also stay in tune better.
- Keep your hands nice and clean
It always amazes me that even the slightest little bit of Greece from our skin can have quite a devastating effect on the strings and even guitar itself. The strings deteriorate really quite quickly if you leave the graceful your fingers on them so it’s always worth giving your hands washed shortly before playing. And remember that tip I gave earlier about wiping down your strings when he finished playing. It truly does make a world of difference to how long the guitar strings last.
- Your guitar’s environmental climate
What is a wonderful material and is the basics of every great guitar. One of its downsides is that it has a tendency to be highly affected by the amount of humidity and temperature in which it is kept. Sudden changes in temperature or humidity can have quite a devastating effect upon your guitar so always use a hard case when transporting it and try to avoid those changes in environments such as possible.
Never, ever leave your guitar in a car when the weather is hot. It can be a disaster. Similarly, direct sunlight when the guitar is inside the house can affect your guitar gradually over a period and affect its paint job or, worse, potentially cause the wood to bow potentially ruining the guitar. Finishes can crack which ruins the aesthetic effect of the instrument.
Oh, and remember, keeping your guitar in a hard case will also protected against bumps and knocks which can happen accidentally when you’re carrying it around even a short distance.
Now, please, remember that the lovely warm feeling you have when you first take home your brand-new guitar. Take a few moments to look after it and it will last you a lifetime and you will gain instant pleasure from it.