Knowing how to properly maintain your guitar is an important thing to master when it comes to owning one of these heavenly instruments. Of course, you can always hire someone to do the maintenance for you, but if you are a true guitar lover, you’ll understand me when I say that maintenance is a pretty important and personal thing and that there’s nothing better than understanding how your instruments work as well as being able to take care of them by all yourself.
In this guide, I will cover in a simple way the steps that you must follow to make maintenance to your guitar, and certain things that you should consider as you do it. For a more complete and detailed guide, you can always check this one:
The first step you must follow when it comes to maintaining your sweetheart is cleaning it up. The process is rather simple. With a wet soft cloth soeaked in water or distilled vinegar, wipe the dirt off it as softly as you can. You’ll want the piece of cloth to be as wringed out as possible, too.
Before doing it, you can remove the strings if you want. This is actually very recommended. Usually, this step should be taken even with new guitars, since they usually have low-quality strings that produce low-quality sound. With a new set of strings, you’ll make sure you are getting the best sound possible.
Removing the Strings
When removing the strings, you can use a especial tool known as string unwinders, but they are not absolutely necessary. You can still do it by yourself if you don’t own one. What you wanna do is rotate the tuning peg until the strings are as loose as possible. After that, try to remove them without letting the strings scratch the guitar.
Change The Tone Knobs if Necessary
If you think that you should upgrade the tone knobs, this is the perfect time to do it. Tone knobs are not usually something people change as often as strings, but to improve your guitar’s aesthetics, and make it suit your style, you should consider doing it. This process is rather easy, too. If you want a more graphic guide, you can always visit this article.
The first thing you want to do is rotate the tone knobs to 0, and slowly remove them from the guitar. This is the most difficult step (and is rather easy) so you should be careful about it.
Take care of them as you do it, as you can damage them if you make a mistake, or scratch the instrument. Treat it with care and love, as you would treat a lady.
After you’ve done so, you can install your new knobs. The process is the same: apply the new knobs until it snaps in. Make sure it has been properly installed by rotating them a couple of times.
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Make sure that you have thoroughly cleaned the instrument before this step. You can apply wood polish with a piece of soft clothing to make your guitar shine more than ever. You can use different types of tones to make it look even better, depending on the model you own. With electric guitars, you should be careful with the electric components.
The re-stringing process is a little difficult to explain, but I will try my best. First, you should remove the peg of said string. There should be a little space where you put the string, and you should slowly rotate until you feel the work is done. Be careful, though! You could snap them if you are too rough. Personally, I’d recommend you check a video for this step, since it is a little delicate and complicate the process.
This one is rather easy. You can use a digital tuner, but if you are short in money, there are some software and apps you can use. If you have a laptop or a desktop with a microphone, you can use both. If not, a smartphone will be more than enough.
Well… This is a rather difficult question. You can get by with a single guitar for the rest of your life if you know how to take care of it, and if you are willing to do it. It’s always a matter of whether you want to get a new one, or not. Sometimes this means saying goodbye and selling your old partner. This can be difficult, but for some people, it’s absolutely necessary. With that said, you should always learn what to know before buying a guitar.
If you have the right knowledge and understand the basics, you’ll make the right decision and won’t regret the investment, and the farewell.