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Bandwagon Music Studios
CARING FOR YOUR GUITAR
Here are some simple hints for the care of your
guitar.
1. 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.
2. 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 plastic
or leather bag. They will provide some protection.
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.