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Caring For Your Guitar

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Interested in learning the electric, bass or acoustic guitar? Need lessons in the Scripps Ranch or Sabre Springs area? Would you like to learn to play your favorite songs?

Contact Glenn Sutton at 619-306-3664.

Taking care of your guitar is as important as learning how to play it. If you want your guitar to last so that you can enjoy it for years to come, then it is imperative you take care of it and keep it in the best playing condition possible. It’s something that many guitar players overlook but if you start taking care of your guitar as soon as you get it, it will become an integral part of your daily routine. Here are some tips on caring for your guitar so that you get the most enjoyment out of it as possible.

Before you start playing, check the strings.

Constant playing will cause the strings to deteriorate, especially if you are using steel strings as compared to nylon. Both types of strings will get rough the more you play your guitar and if you are not careful, you could cut your fingers on them.

Every time you finish playing and before you start your next practice session, wipe the strings with a soft cloth. This will remove any dirt, sweat and oil from the strings. Consider purchasing a good string conditioner as well that you can wipe onto the strings when you put your guitar away. Both can be purchased for around $10 from your local music store and it will help give the strings a longer life.

Keep the fret board clean.

When you wipe down the strings down, make sure you also wipe down the fret board. The frets, like your strings, can buildup dirt, sweat and oil. If they are not taken care of, it can affect the sound of your guitar. Whenever you change your strings, give the fret board a good cleaning, making sure to get the areas you aren’t able to clean during regular maintenance.

cleaning the guitar fretboard

Cleaning the guitar fretboard

Wipe the body of the guitar to keep it polished and free of dirt.

To keep the body of your guitar clean, polish it on a regular basis with a lint-free cloth and polish specifically made for a guitar. A regular household polish (some are abrasive) could strip the finish off the guitar body or cause other damage that may be irreparable. The body of the guitar needs to be kept free of dirt and grime just as much as the strings and fret board.

Properly store your guitar when you are not using it.

You should store your guitar in a case when you are not using it or on a guitar stand in a temperature controlled environment. The area in which you store your guitar should have around 50% humidity and be around 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Your guitar is made of a porous substance and it is very sensitive to the environment and shifts in temperature.

Prevent scratches by removing your jewelry and other things that could scratch it.

Make sure you remove any jewelry before you start to play your guitar. Also, if you are wearing any type of clothing that could scratch the body, such as rivets on your jeans, consider changing into something that is devoid of these items. Bracelets, belt buckles and rings can be hazardous to your guitar.

Phone Glenn Sutton at: 619-306-3664 or email: guitarman.glenn@gmail.com

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