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Ways to Master Guitar Care

Nov 6, 2007
Music is the rhythm of life, for each of us. Anybody can make and play some sort of music but the real music only comes from a real perfectionist, a musician. It may be any kind of instrument, a drum, a synthesizer or a guitar, a musician knows how to stir the rhythm in the mind and soul of the listener. A perfect musician possesses many more qualities, not only regarding music but also regarding his instrument. Talking about a guitar, it is often said that as the wine gets fine with the age, the acoustic guitar gets better with the age. Therefore, its all depends on a perfect guitar care.

Besides the above mentioned point, one more fact should That should be pointed out here is that good guitar care not only increases the durability but also adds to the playability and longevity of the instrument. This holds true for all kinds of guitars, be it acoustic, electric or classical. Therefore, a good guitarist should have a clear knowledge about the maintenance and care of his instrument.

The story of guitar care starts with the storage. The musician can be a frequent player, or a performer, a teacher, or can be a rare user. But in every case, the common necessity is the good storage system of the instrument, which will protect the guitar from any kind of physical damage. For this the guitar needs a well fitted guitar case. Keeping it in a case will prevent it from various kinds of damages like scratching, mistreatment, accidental hitting, stepping etc. Other than this, a case will be a good safeguard while traveling with the guitar as it will prevent the instrument from heat and direct sunlight, which basically makes the wood dry, cracked and brittle.

Next with it comes the storing of the guitar. The perfect or the suitable temperature to keep the instrument is the room temperature (i.e. between 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit). This will save it from the effects of the climatic changes. Even using a humidifying system helps keeping the instrument safe.

Switching over to the next procedure of guitar care, it is the cleaning. Definitely it should be cleaned everyday and of course after every use. First of all, a soft cotton cloth should be used for cleaning as well polishing the guitar. Coming to the cleaning of the strings, it is a must to wipe them after each use as it will lengthen the tonal life of the strings.

In case of fingerprints, stains or any other kind of dirt on the body of the guitar, huff some breath on the surface and follow it with wipe. This will remove them. If more powerful cleaning is needed, the cloth can be moistened with little bit of water mixed with mild detergent. There are lots of guitar polishes and cleaners available in the market, which can be used for guitar care.

An old guitar needs much more care than the new one. To remove the stickiness, the solvent of mineral spirit or naphtha can be used with the help of a disposable cloth. To clean the fingerboard especially, lemon oil or any other oily cleaner can be used. But it should be kept in mind that too much of oiling and scrubbing may damage the instrument.

Adding to the guitar care process one of the important things is changing the guitar strings. When the strings start sounding dull, it is time to change. Of course it depends on how often the guitar is played. Generally the time to change the strings is after every 1-3 months.
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant for guitars, drums, and synthesizers. You can find the best marketplace for guitars, drums, and synthesizers at these 3 sites: guitars, guitar cases, acoustic guitars, drums, drum sets, and synthesizers, keyboards.
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