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The right way to clean a guitar

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

The vast majority of guitarists would like to care for their guitars and maintain them, so they are able to be played for years to come. One of the major ways that any guitar player can take care of his guitar is to clean it regularly. The only problem is most guitarists don’t understand how to clean and maintain their guitars. In this post, I am going to demonstrate the right way to clean your guitar and what products are safe to use.

I'm sure what you are thinking. "Who cares, polishing my guitar won’t make it last a lot longer." That is definitely just plain wrong. Cleaning your guitar doesn't just help it last longer; it will likely help to avoid potential guitar repairs. When you polish your guitar on a regular basis, you normally look at it more in detail and discover a lot more things such as if it is dry or too humidified or perhaps in need of repair. Most of these premature symptoms could eliminate damage and prevent future guitar repairs.

All right, enough about the cautions. Let’s start cleaning your guitar. There are tons of different polishing products available for guitars and most seem to be pretty good. In spite of this, you shouldn't have to order expensive polishing solutions just because they're “made for guitars.” Some common furniture cleaners will work just as well. I prefer to work with a mixture of cleaning products to clean and maintain my guitars along with my customers’ that come in for guitar repairs. Here’s the things I like to do.

Cleaning the body.

Almost all guitars have glossy finish. This is great due to the fact that generally a glossy finish is easier to clean than a flat finish. There are two forms of cleaning and polishing solutions: aerosols and pastes or gels. In my experience, I only use spray cleaning products on guitars. I do believe these cleaning products do a good job taking out the dust and fingerprints while giving a clean shine. The most popular spray cleaner is Dunlop Formula 65 Polish Cleaner. I ordinarily just spray a few squirts over the guitar body. On electric guitars, be sure never to spray your pickups, as any sort of water can cause corrosion around the pole pieces. Then have a delicate rag, usually I use a used t-shirt to swirl in the cleaner. When the dirt and grime is slowly removed from the guitar body, I get a clean rag and buff the finish to a clean shine.

If your guitar has cracks in the body or any open wood, make sure never to utilise any sort of cleaning and polishing product on the exposed wood. This can result in the wood swell and wreck the finish. Now you have an illustration of another unwanted visit to the guitar repair shop.

Cleaning the fretboard.

Nearly all guitars excluding various Fenders and Gretsches have unfinished fretboards. The normal unfinished fretboards are generally constructed from ebony and rosewood. Unfinished fretboards are super easy to clean, condition, and look stunning. It's a good idea to clean your fretboard and hydrate it when you switch your strings. Fretboards can dehydrate and split. You do not want to take your guitar to the guitar repair shop due to something which could have been averted. Here’s the way I like to clean and maintain my fretboards.

There are varieties of fretboard cleaning solutions out there, but I like to use Murphy's Oil Soap the very best. Oil soap not only helps to polish your fretboard, it also helps condition and moisturize it. The oil soap may prevent your fretboard from dehydrating and splitting. It'll likewise give your fretboard a brand new nice gloss.

I prefer to pour a tiny bit of oil soap on top of the fretboard. It will not require very much at all -a small amount goes a long way. Then I use some #0000 steel wool to rub the oil soap in to the fretboard and take off the filth buildup. Just make sure you cover up your pick-ups so that parts of the steel wool don't get magnetically stuck on the pickups. It usually is a great idea to shine the frets while the steel wool is soaked in the oil soap. Like this your complete fretboard and all of the frets look shiny and new at the same time. After the fretboard and frets are cleaned, you can wipe away the excess oil soap by using a piece of paper towel. Finally your fretboard is clean and conditioned and your frets are nice and shiny.

Cleaning your guitar is effortless and should be performed on a regular basis. 



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