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How to take care of your Guitar

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How to take care of your Guitar

You just got a new guitar, but don’t know how to take care of it. Here are some tips that can help you take care of your guitar.

Temperature and Humidity

The Acoustic guitar is made up of a layer of thin wood that can easily be affected by temperature and humidity. Rapid changes in either can cause deterioration for your guitar. A rapid decline in temperature can cause small cracks in the finish. As the humidity increases, the moisture level of the surrounding air increases, leading to rapid expansion of the wood. Store your guitar in a case when not in use and avoid direct contact with moisture.

Cleaning the Finish

The best way to clean your guitar is by wiping it with a warm and damp cloth. This will remove the harmful chemicals on your guitar. Your guitar is finished with the highest grade material and is sensitive. So, avoid any solvent, especially the ones found in plastic, vinyl and leather stripes that can damage the finish, as like other agents like alcohol, citric acid, aftershave lotion, etc. Wipe your instrument with a cloth before storing to remove harmful skin oils. Also, avoid products that contain Silicone.

Inserting Bridge and Endpins

The Strings are held in place at the bridge by a small notch in front of the bridge pins. Too often, the bridge pins are hammered so hard that it wedges and splits the bridge. After inserting the string and the pin, a solid thumb push is all you need.

Strings

Different styles of playing require different Guitar strings. You may want to make your guitar easier to play by using a lighter set of strings, but your bridge saddle and neck will have to be adjusted to prevent fret buzz. In any case, Strings don’t last forever. More the time passes on; you will notice the brilliant sound of your new strings slowly fading out. Human sweat is one of the reasons why strings become dirty and corroded. At this point, the entire set should be changed. Changing only one string can cause unbalanced sound.

While Travelling

The guitar is probably the only instrument that travels a lot more than other instruments. If you take your guitar out on a trip, remember, it is not quite like any other baggage and requires safe and careful handling during the transit.

While travelling by car, don’t keep your guitar in the trunk. It tends to heat up a lot in the trunk, hence, may cause a crack or wrap to occur. Keep your guitar case in your back seat; it is much safer.

Air travel has become the most popular mode of commercial transportation, but the protection of your instrument is necessary. Airlines don't set out to damage guitars intentionally, but a conveyor system can't tell a guitar from other baggage. Airlines may consider a guitar to be too fragile for their handling and may require that a waiver is signed which limits or removes their liability. Don't sign such a document if you can avoid it. Even a hard case can't always protect a guitar from damage from mishandling by individuals or commercial carriers.