Playing guitar friends must hope that their guitar feel, sound can maintain a good state.
In addition to guitar playing, regulation and running-in, there is an important but easy to be ignored by many aspects of the relevant, that is guitar maintenance.
Here are nine maintenance rules that everyone should follow to keep their guitar in top shape:
1. Wash your hands before playing. Your hands are dirty and greasy. Washing your hands leaves the fingerboard in pristine condition and prolongs the life of your strings.
2. Before you put the guitar in the case, wipe it down with a damp cloth and remove any hand grease that might be on it. It’s not wet cloth. It’s just a slightly damp cloth.
3. Keep your guitar in a box! While it’s fun to show everyone your guitar, your guitar doesn’t like to be exposed to anything. It doesn’t want to change the temperature, humidity, or be exposed to direct sunlight.
Do you know those black canvas duffel bags? Yeah, it’s not a great tool for keeping guitars, forget they ever existed. Better find a real hard case.
5. Keep the guitar moist. Find a humidifier and adjust your guitar environment to the manufacturer’s recommended humidity.
6. Make sure your guitar’s bridge and neck are properly tuned to ensure your use. If your instrument changes strings to new specifications, your guitar needs to be returned to the correct settings.
You don’t want to do this often. If you know how to do that, Great! If you don’t, you may need to find a professional to do it.
7. Keep your guitar storage environment temperature neutral. Temperature changes cause the wood to expand and contract.
If the temperature changes too quickly, it will expand and contract too soon — which is not good.
8. Change the strings regularly, not all at once! And replace them one string at a time. Maintain proper tension to keep the neck in good condition.
9. Play your guitar every day. Yeah, that’s right. Think about what happens when you park your car for a few months and then try to start it?
This is a rule that only full-time guitarists can follow.
Perhaps the hardest working of us all has the fortitude to adhere to such strict maintenance procedures.
Even if you don’t follow these tips, your guitar won’t break right away, but if you do, it will keep it at its best for longer.