Besides knowing how to appropriately choose your guitar, it is important that you extend the instrument useful life. Thus, your investment will be wholly effective. Therefore, we show you below the care that you need to take into account to preserve your guitar.
You must take into account two basic aspects. On the one hand, the care hardly ever refers to guitar repairs, but mainly to prevent possible damage. On the other hand, the care does not refer to complex protections but only daily details. If you take into account the aspects we show you below, your guitar will last longer.
- Always keep the guitar on its case, even when you are resting from the practice. The case must be stiff, so as to withstand possible bumps or scratches.
- Inside the case, keep the guitar covered with a silk or chamois cloth. Thus, you will avoid scratches that can be produced just by rubbing against sharp items.
- If it s classic guitar, never let a flamenco guitar player touch it, because the bumps on its lid can cause irreparable damages.
- Keep the guitar on dry rooms, since excessive moisture can harm the wood, a highly absorbent material. Moisture causes the parts to come unstuck, it causes several distortions and changes on the instrument tone.
- Protect the guitar against possible movements. In case of a plane trip, it is important that you carry it with you on your seat and do not check it on the hold. On a car trip, never park it at a place where the sun shines directly on the guitar, since the guitar can badly damaged.
- Always carry a tube of silica gel, to use in case the guitar gets moistened. Although it may seem exaggerate care, it is a detail that can rescue your guitar from irreversible damage.
- When changing the strings, you need to untie them one at a time, never all at once. This could cause an abrupt change on string tension and its later tear.
- Change strings on a flat and clean surface, preferably covered with sheets of card or soft cloths, to avoid possible scratches.
- Do not tie steel strings on classic or flamenco guitars, since they are not appropriate for the tension they need.
- Do not force the peg box nuts, since it can cause serious damages. You need to take into account that tuning must be soft, never forced. If the strings tighten, use corrosive lubricant to allow the appropriate rotation.
- Neatly cut out the excess string on the sides since, otherwise, unpleasant sounds and vibrations can be produced.
- Keep the nylon strings firmly tied to the guitar bridge. The simplest way is to use a lighter to burn the string ends, so as to keep them on a firm position.
If the guitar wood has a crack, you need to take it to repairs right away, since if time goes by, air can enter into the material, irreversibly distorting its parts.
- Clean the guitar with a soft and slightly moistened chamois cloth. Do not use corrosive products such as solvents or wood cleaning liquids. Do not use wax to cover the guitar wooden surface, since it could damage it.
- Remove the dust gathered inside the guitar box. Cleaning it using a hairdryer with cool air is advisable.
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