Tips and Tricks in Maintaining your Electric Guitar
Having a guitar is like having a car, you use it, clean it, maintain it, then you keep tucked in your garage. I had my first electric guitar when I was 17 years old, that’s usually the time when you start to kick it off on music and learn the basics. But what about guitar maintenance? nobody told me about that before. I had no Idea how to keep things in order with my guitar and how to keep it safe. Well fear not musicians, We’ll teach you all that.
Electric Guitars, like cars, needs regular cleaning and maintenance. How do you do that? well, for one thing, wiping the dust off would do you good. Use a warm damp cloth to clear off the dust and dirt collected on your guitar.
Clean the fretboard using an old toothbrush and don’t forget the bridge and guitar’s nut since the probable build up of dirt and dead skin cells will affect your playability and the sound of your guitar overall. Next up you should clean the metal parts with glass cleaner to make them shine again, and rub on some guitar polish while you’re at it to give you that shiny new look for the instrument. After that, you clean the strings and change them regularly to ensure high-quality performance with your beautiful piece. Then you go on and tighten those loose screws to secure the pieces from falling off or cause disturbances while you rock out.
Mind where you put it
Like a car, you don’t wanna put your guitar in places that are too hot, or too cold. Also, watch out for light and temperature as these things damage your beautiful piece and most likely damage the wood or other parts of the instrument. You also don’t want your guitar wet, electric guitars have wooden parts that can be seriously damaged if wet or kept in moist temperatures. ever seen the warning “keep out of reach of children” you should definitely follow that rule with your guitar too. You want your kids to learn music at a young age but you have to make sure they also know how to take care of them.
Safety and Security
Dad always said, keep precious things under lock and key, that’s why you should have a case for your electric guitar and always put your guitar inside the case. Believe me, it lasts longer. The next thing you have to consider is getting a secure guitar strap. When you use your guitar you don’t want to keep bending over or sit down most of the time, so to keep your guitar away from accidents, better buy a secure strap for whenever you play. The last and most important rule is, never let someone you don’t trust borrow your guitar, this most of the time doesn’t end well. Just like a car, you don’t want someone you know who can’t drive, take the wheel of your car. So try these tips out and make your guitar last for years to come and you might even pass it on to someone else.
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