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GUITARS...AMPS...TONE NERDVANA

basic advice 

  • Wipe down the strings after every time you play.  
  • Do not use furniture polish to clean the finish of your instrument.
  • Do not subject your guitar to temperature extremes.
  • Do not try to do something you don't know how to do.

Strings

When you play the guitar the sweat in your fingers and differences in body chemistry and string materials can react in a way that oxidizes the strings quickly and deadens the sound prematurely.  It's great to be in the habit of wiping the strings after you play especially if you sweat a lot or find the strings rust quickly.  Significant rust on your strings after playing just a couple of times is an indication your body chemistry reacts dramatically to that material.  You can try a different brand of string or different material but wiping them down after each time you play will help.

There are products marketed to clean, restore or extend the life of strings but until I test those products for myself I can't recommend them and do not sell them.


Finish

There are a wide variety of finishes used on musical instruments but furniture polishes often contain excessive amounts silicone to reduce surface tension which makes the surface easier to dust.  This excessive silicon will cause problems if the instrument should ever require repair work to the coating and once it makes its way into the wood there's no easy or practical way to remove it.  Use a product formulated specifically for guitar finishes.


Extremes

Guitars are almost always made from wood or laminates which are susceptible to fluctuations in temperature and humidity.  The adhesives used to assemble the components can also fail when subjected high temperatures combined with the stresses of string tension.

Guitars and other wooden instruments are best kept in an environment of consistent temperature and humidity.  Guitar makers work hard to find a happy medium as they build so instruments perform well wherever they are shipped.  Usually we strive for 68-72 degrees and 40% relative humidity but that isn't always possible.  The main point of emphasis for players is to keep the temperature as consistent as possible for as long as possible. 

  • Don't store your guitar on a stand by a heat vent.
  • Don't hang it on the wall by the fireplace.
  • Don't leave it in your car in on a hot day.

Don't Know?  Don't Do.

So many repairs are avoidable if you understand basic guitar care information.  However, there is a significant amount of repair work which comes from DIY hack jobs.  It doesn't matter if a guitar is an inexpensive import or a rare vintage piece...people ruin guitars every day without considering the realities of what they try to do.  

This is more common today as the relic craze has evolved.  People will try to make their guitar look old without knowing anything about finishes.  There are reasons old guitars with old finish age the way they do.  It's understandable that people want a cool looking worn out finish on their guitar and there are people out there doing new guitars looking old and they do it amazingly well.  However, if you try to relic your guitar without knowing anything about finishes you'll only succeed in ruining the value.

Finally...buy strap locks before trying a shoulder throw.  You might hit someone with the guitar, drive it into the ground or send it right through your nice big HD television.  Better yet, don't try a shoulder through.


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