How To Care For Your Acoustic or Classical GuitarGuitars are made from a living substance, wood. Wood can rot or warp. If you take good care of your guitar, it can stay in mint condition for many years. This article will give you some specific steps you can take today to help your guitar stay in wonderful condition for many years.
Here are 7 tips for helping that special instrument to continue to look good and sound good too.
- Never leave your guitar in a hot car. It's not uncommon for people to travel with a guitar in the trunk of a car. That's OK if the weather is nice. But if it's in the heat of the summer, you can do a lot of damage to the instrument. It can warp or crack with too much heat. Either leave it at home or take it in with you. Don't leave it in a hot car.
- Wipe down your guitar with a soft cloth after playing. If you wipe the strings, they will last longer. Strings accumulate dust and dirt and go dead faster when they are dirty.
- Wash your hands before you play. Speaking of dirt from your hands, it's a very good idea to wash them before you play to get rid of excess dirt, grime and sweat.
- Polish your instrument. There are wood polished in the marketplace specifically for guitars. Polishing your guitar will help to keep it from drying out and getting brittle.
- Clean the fretboard. When you change your strings, it's a perfect time to clean up the frets. Take a fine wool steel pad and wipe away the accumulated gunk and grease on your frets.
- Keep you guitar in a guitar case. It's so easy for a guitar to fall off a music stand or get bumped. The wood is easily nicked or damaged. Keep it in a good case.
- Use a humidifier in dry climates. Seriously, the wood can easily dry out and if you live in a dry climate, like a desert, do invest in a little guitar humidifier to keep in your guitar case.