5 Ways To Treat Your Guitar Better, So It Lasts Longer And Shows Less Signs Of Wear Out by Michael Korte
Don’t leave it in a bag
Your guitar is made of wood. It needs to breath. When you always have your guitar stored in your gigbag or hardcase, it will only get in contact with the same air, which over a longer period of time can harm your guitar.
Do not let it stand near the radiator
Big temperature differences around the guitar can cause your neck to bend.
It does not matter if your guitar changes from a cold area to a warm area, as long as that area is of equal temperature all around.
But avoid having one part of the guitar in a warmer area than the other. That is what you likely will get near a radiator.
Do not let it get wet
The wood will take big damage, if you drop your guitar in the water (duh).
A little bit of rain will not hurt it, if you rub it dry with a towel afterwards.
After you played your guitar, it is a good idea to wipe of the strings to remove at least some of the grease that is left on your strings coming from your fingers, which will prevent your strings from oxidation, so your strings will feel fresh for longer time.
Clean the fretboard regularly
Every guitar player knows and craves that feeling of a new guitar in your hands, right? And if you are one of them, I am sure you wished you could buy a new guitar again and again, or have your guitars freshly of the shelve again.
Unfortunately, most of us cannot afford to buy a new guitar every other week.
But here is some good news! You can get the exact same feeling with your guitars you already have! And all you need, are tools and things you can have in your household or find them in practically any guitar store.
Just follow this simple process step by step and do it regularly.
Soft Paper Towels
Standard washing-up liquid
Toothbrush (Wait… What??)
1. Remove the strings
You can achieve this by cutting them through with a cable cutter or get a special tool for this.