When owning a guitar, many people think that they needn’t maintain it regularly. However, the guitar is also like other instruments, they need to be maintained during their process of using in order to ensure a good sound and quality. So, how to maintain a guitar properly? Here are steps for maintaining a guitar.
#Step 1: The first clean up
You will want to do this at first if you buy a guitar new or used. This step may make your guitar look better. Therefore, you can also not only feel better but also play it more easily. Don’t ignore this basic step.
#Step 2: Remove the strings
Although your guitar can be one new, you also need to change out the strings on your guitar. The reason is that most guitars you buy at a guitar store come with strings, or pre-strung. Make the strings is very loose by relaxing the tuning peg. Then take them out of the tuning machine’s top part. Then, complete removing it from the guitar by pulling the string out of the bridge at last. Do the same for all six strings. Remember to notice to let the strings carefully in order that it doesn’t appear scratches on the guitar. In fact, there are some guitars having pets, so you can pull out just with your hand.
#Step 3: Clean off the grime
Use a slightly damp washcloth to clean off all of the dirt, grime, and dust in your guitar. Then, you need to use a dry washcloth to dry off it in order to prevent your guitar from the water, especially the electronics of the guitar such as pickup selector, or near the pickups.
#Step 4: Apply the wood polish
This step helps your guitar shine. To do this, you can apply with crumpled up newspaper or a washcloth. However, for an electric guitar, you need to make sure not to get it on the electronic components.
#Step 5: Re-string electric guitars
You need to take the suitable string to re-string an electric guitar. Through the bridge, you put the string whichever way it goes. Next, the trip of the string will be put into the tuning peg.
#Step 6: Properly storing your guitar
If you own an electric guitar, it will be easy to store on a guitar stand. However, It’s not suitable for an acoustic guitar because it needs to be kept humidified. No matter what the guitar is, you also shouldn’t keep it in a position that is not flat, because it can fall. Remember always to keep your guitar in its case, or on a stand. Don’t put it out in the open.
#Step 7: Truss rod adjustment
You may easily tighten or loosen the truss rod in order to raise or low the action. If your guitar is new to you, you shouldn’t attempt a fix. Instead, you should ask a local guitar store for a help. You can also mess up your guitar, so don’t do anything if you don’t know what you are doing.
A guitar is not only a guitar but also one of your friends. It is not just used to play, you also have to maintain it regularly. Above are seven basic steps on how to maintain a guitar properly you need to know. We hope that you will know the important of a guitar you are using, and understand why you should maintain it carefully.