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.