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Bandwagon Music Studios
CARING FOR YOUR GUITAR
Here are some simple hints for the care of
your guitar.
1. Although guitars are quite robust they can
sometimes be easily broken. If they fall and hit
the ground at the wrong angle then the head
will snap off just like a twig.
Never leave your guitar resting against a wall,
furniture or your amp. They have a habit of
sliding and crashing to the floor. This could
easily snap the head off.
Try to lean the guitar into a corner of a wall
where it can’t slide anywhere. You might also
purchase a guitar stand that will help keep it
safe.
The most sensible piece of equipment to guard
against physical and/or environmental damage
is the HARD case. They are made of wood or
metal and provide great protection. Hard cases
are expensive but are worth it in the long run.
If you cannot afford a hard case then buy a
padded plastic or leather bag. They will provide
quite a deal of protection.
2. Guitars are sensitive to heat. They can
actually break if subjected to extremes of
heat, or to large changes in temperature. Don't
leave your guitar lying on a floor that gets cold
or against an outside wall that will let the
guitar feel the outside temperatures and
changes.
Never leave your guitar in the car where the
sun can turn the car into a hot box.
Try to always keep your guitar in a stable
environment.
3. Try to keep the guitar clean. All the
woodwork needs is a clean cloth to rub it down.
4. Strings require cleaning as well. While you
are playing deposits of finger grime, sweat and
acid are added to your strings.
Not only will this rust your strings, but if the
grime is left to build up then it will eat into
your fret board. Also as you play the rusted
strings will scratch the finish of your fret
board.
Wash your hands before you play and clean the
strings after you play.
5. Any moving parts e.g. mechanical tuning pegs,
electronic controls, tremolo arms, etc. should
be properly cleaned and lubricated.
Some parts may need oiling, while the
electronic parts will need the correct
lubricants.
6. Fingerboards that aren’t sealed will need to
be oiled to keep the timber in good condition.
Use something like “Lemoil” which is designed
for this purpose.