Let’s say, you own a guitar, or looking forward to buying one! Whatever it is, surely you will be a successful guitarist and make a fortune! But, do you know what it takes to maintain and take good care of a guitar? Let’s learn a few tips for guitar maintenance that will help you take good care of your own guitar and avoid the common mistakes that beginners make after buying their first gear.
Quick Note: These are simply considered as best practices. Following these will surely help you take care of your gear, but you may come up with your own maintenance schedule! Also, it depends on what kind of musician you are, and how often you play.
Don’t Keep it Out In The Open
Electric guitars are usually very sensitive. They should not be put out in the open for too long except while playing. There are a lot of things in an electric guitar that are not really that much heat resistant. That is why you must keep your guitar inside a case. If you still don’t have a case, get one. Remember, guitar health is more valuable than anything else.
Acoustic guitars also need protection from heat and other stuff that can hurt the body. You must not compromise the health of your guitar by not keeping it inside a case. It may be a hardshell or a gig bag, both are good for protecting your guitar. Let’s not give your guitar a hard time and buy a case today!
Use Guitar Strap
Of course, you have one, and you regularly use it in live shows and practices. But, have you thought about the condition of your strap? Always check the joining points of the strap with your guitar. Sometimes, they are loose and something bad might happen while you are totally inside the song! Check it once in a while, it won’t take much time!
Try not to use too many metal elements in your straps, such as hooks or buttons. It is not recommended as it may harm the smooth guitar body.
Watch out for your Buttons and Belt
Your belt is probably made of metal. Some of you might put on a shirt with metal buttons as well. It’s not a big deal, but for a musician, it is! It may cause serious damage to the back of the guitar. A large belt buckle may put a scratch (or many) on your guitar! You don’t want to see that after a successful show or a really good jam, do you?
Use Wall-Hangers and Guitar Stands
Wall hangers protect your guitar from many harms on the ground and besides, it displays the beauty of your guitar in a cool way! Get a handyman, pay him a few bucks, ask him to attach a hanger on your wall. Many people use multiple hangers to show their awesome collection! So, if you are looking forward to having a collection for yourself, don’t rule out the idea of hangers!
Stands are also a great alternative to hangers. Especially the ones that keep guitars on the ground, bed or against the wall, do me a favor and get a stand, please! Don’t get me wrong, it just isn’t the right way to maintain your guitar! I know people whose guitars fell down and serious damage occurred. Don’t take that risk, ever!
Change Your Strings Once In A While
What do we play guitar for? The sound and the peace of mind, right? Well, do tell us what you play for! But, the sound is the vital element of your entire guitar playing journey? And, how to get the purest sound ever? By taking good care of your strings. You must take care of them and change them after a certain time and amount played.
Some of you might wonder, it is obvious, why brag about it? Well, changing strings is not only essential for the clean sound, but it is also an issue for the guitar body. Old strings cause serious damage to the neck and bridge. Don’t forget to replace them with new ones!
Buy A Guitar Maintenance Setup Toolkit
I mean its good to show your guitar to some maintenance professional once in a while is a good thing, but after a certain time, it gets boring and irritating. Guitarists have this extra amount of passion and ego for their playing history which has a place for their ability to maintain their guitar on their own in it. A guitar setup is a great solution for your smallest guitar issues. Maybe, you need to change the alignment by a tiny bit. Or, maybe you need to clean up the fretboard. These shouldn’t be the reason why you should take it to a professional.
The best recommendation is to buy a setup and stick with it until something terrible happens to your guitar. Following a healthy maintenance schedule will reduce the possibility of something terrible happening to your guitar more.
Don’t Stop Playing
Why would you? You didn’t buy one of the most important things in your life just for the decoration of your bedroom, right? We understand your passion, your love, and your dedication to your guitar! Don’t let there be a gap of two or three days in your regular playing schedule. You can always get busy with your job or may fall sick. A guitar doesn’t take much of your time, plus there is a chance it may enlighten your mood.
Play some riffs, try some solos, or at least strum for a while, that will keep your guitar health in good condition. These babies don’t like to stay idle for too long! So, let there be light, let there be music.