TONE TALK | Guitar Care and Maintenance
Learning how to play an instrument is one thing, but learning how to keep it sounding and looking as good as you bought it is another. For us guitar players, we just want to get straight to playing and rocking out. But we need a functional, working guitar in order to perform in the first place. Taking maintenance seriously lets us get the best out of our instruments. Having it sound, look and feel its best all times will save us time and money in the long run.
Storage and Moisture
It's given that you have to keep your instrument safe from getting damaged. But we also have to take into account the humidity in where we store our instruments. Most instruments are made constructed using wood, and wood reacts to how humid or dry the air is.
Higher humidity means more moisture, this excess moisture causes the wood to swell, which can result in joins separating at various points of the guitar (the bridge for example can start to lift), and the action becoming noticeably less playable.
Dryness on the other hand is potentially much more serious. When wood suffers from a severe lack of moisture it shrinks, which can result in cracks in the guitar's top or a warped neck. If the guitar is flat or worse, slightly sunken, then you should take action.
If you have a number of guitars stored in cases, do consider a moisture control packet that can help absorb the moisture instead of your guitar. But if you have them displayed and showcased, you may want to consider a dehumidifier just to control the humidity in the room.
Clean and Polish Your Guitar
Cleaning your guitar is one of the most basic and most important parts of effective guitar maintenance. Every guitar deserves a regular clean and will feel better to play as a result. Sweat, dead skin, and the natural oils in your skin can all have an effect on your guitar's appearance and playability, For a more thorough clean, there are countless specialized guitar cleaning products available out there. Just be sure to read the label and make sure the cleaner is suitable for your particular guitar and finish.
Regular String Changes and Fretboard Conditioning
The strings are the ones producing the sound for you. Regular string changes will help you maintain the sound that you've created for yourself and it will also give you the chance to maintain your instrument such as cleaning and conditioning the fretboard.
Unlike the body of your guitar, the fingerboard is almost always left unfinished and unsealed. That's why it's often the first area to show the effects of dryness, and the main way of avoiding this is by periodically conditioning the fingerboard with a guitar-specific product. While you're at it, polish the fret wires to make them look good as new.
Periodical Setup and Checkup
Now not everyone can set up their instruments, knowing how to play an instrument does not necessarily mean that you know how to set one up. That said, a regular trip to your guitar tech may do wonders for your instrument. The basic setup service includes string change, cleaning, truss rod adjustment, string height (action) adjustment, and intonation.
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