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How to Care For Your Guitar – Part 3

Friday, October 2nd, 2009
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Guitar Strings

It is no big secret that proper care of your guitar will give you a more consistent quality of sound and an extended for the guitar . If you are serious about playing guitar you will want to get some accessories that are essential for the care of your guitar. A guitar player is only as good as the sound and the quality of the guitar that they are playing.

In the previous articles I shared information regarding these vital items to help care for your guitar.

  • Guitar Case
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Guitar Stand
  • Strings
  • Humidifier

Guitar Tuner

Boss TU-88 Micro Monitor & Tuner for Guitar & Bass WHITE
The last item that should be considered is an actual tuning device for the guitar. You will find that the longer you play the guitar the better you will become at tuning it by just using your ear. But for starting out, you will want to use something that gives you the exact sound and gives the guitar an accurate tune up. There are many devices that you can get that are very easy to use which will give you the exact tuning you need. When your guitar is not tuned correctly this can be very embarrassing – especially if you are singing along with the guitar!

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How to Care For Your Guitar – Part 2

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Guitar Strings

So, you’ve bought your first guitar and you are eager to start learning how to play the guitar, right?

First though you may want to spruce up your knowledge on how to care for your guitar, so that it gives you years of guitar playing pleasure.  Caring for your guitar properly will also help it to sound better, the two go hand in hand, proper care for your guitar increases your chances of getting exactly the guitar sounds that you want.

Generally speaking, guitars are very durable, so basic guitar maintenance is all that is needed for it to stay in that, tip top first rate condition.

Guitar Case

SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case Black

One of your highest priorities is to think about how you will look after your guitar when you are not playing it or practicing new guitar chords.

Of course, your new guitar probably came with a case for it, but if not, consider buying a guitar case as soon as you possibly can.  You can buy cost effective guitar cases on eBay or simply look in your local paper, even simpler, ask around your family and friends if they have an old guitar case that you could use.

A guitar case will protect it from the usual knocks and bangs that can be expected from every day guitar use.  You must ensure that it fits your guitar properly, this is important, especially if you plan on traveling with it.

The guitar case is actually a sound investment, insuring you not only on the financial outlay of your guitar but also helps you to cherish your guitar playing skills as you build up an emotional attachment to your guitar instrument – Hey! Everyone loves their first guitar right?

You want to do your best then to keep it in the best first rate condition as possible!

Guitar Stand

Ultimate GS-100 Genesis Single Guitar Stand
If you plan on playing your guitar frequently, you may also want to consider buying a guitar stand, a guitar stand is a great guitar care idea especially if you don’t want to keep on taking it out of your guitar case and putting it back in all the time.

The Environment

It goes without saying that it is best to keep your guitar out of strong sunlight or places where it can get very warm.  If possible keep your guitar in the shade at a reasonable room temperature, this will prevent the materials used in it’s construction from being warped, drying out, becoming brittle, cracking etc and is also good for your guitar strings.

Oasis OH1 Guitar Humidifier With OH-2 Digital Hygrometer

Oasis OH1 Guitar Humidifier With OH-2 Digital Hygrometer

Also try your best to avoid extreme temperature changes, for example do not keep your guitar in your car overnight in freezing temperatures or for protracted periods anywhere, only then to take it out of that environment into a well heated room.  If you do so, this will really affect the tonal quality of your guitar, something that you want to avoid.

Just these few tips alone will ensure you years of guitar playing pleasure and will help to keep your guitar in pristine condition.

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How to Care For Your Guitar – Part 1

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Guitar Strings

You want to keep your guitar in the best possible condition?  As with anything else regular guitar maintenance will go a long way to ensuring that your guitar delivers you only the very best sounds that you desire.  Just as you take pride in anything else valuable that you own and you clean those possessions regularly, do exactly the same with your guitar.

Blitz Musical Instrument Cleaning Cloth

Regular guitar cleaning will also help it to deliver for you a great sound, with no distortion at all, helping you to get exactly the right tones from said guitar.

At the most basic end of the guitar cleaning schedule should be the practice of simply using a soft duster to wipe down the guitar body and neck, but be careful not to use this on the strings themselves as depending on your guitar strings, this again could leave residues of the duster / cloth on your actual guitar strings, thus affecting the quality of sound that you are after.

Your hands too, it might sound a little pedantic, but wash your hands and dry them properly before using your guitar.  The reason for this is that your fingers over time may burnish the guitar strings causing them to lose their shine and if you really want to care for your guitar instrument fanatically, you’ll be paying attention to these small but nevertheless important small details, again to give you hopefully many years of guitar playing pleasure.

You can buy guitar maintenance kits. One manufacturer is the Dunlop System 65 Guitar Maintenance Kit
and has everything needed within the guitar kit to keep your guitar instrument in perfect condition.

Changing Guitar Strings

D'Addario EXL110 XL Nickel Regular Light Electric Guitar Strings 10-Pack
Over time you may pick up on the fact that your guitar strings are starting to sound just ever so slightly ‘dull’. Or of course, they may just be showing signs of general wear and tear from normal useage.  It always pays to keep a set of at least one set of spare guitar strings nearby, for you may need them at any time.

There really is nothing worse than jamming with friends, getting an awesome good guitar riff going and one of your guitar strings snaps.  If you havn’t anything to instantly replace it with, you may never find that awesome guitar sound again.

Don’t let that happen to you, always carry a spare set of guitar strings with you wherever you go.  Keep them in your guitar storage case and you won’t go far wrong.

As a rule of thumb and depending on how often you play the guitar, you may want to think about changing guitar strings about every one to to three months.  If you get into the regular habit of cleaning and looking after your guitar regularly, after every guitar jam session, you’ll need to do this less frequently.

Guitar care really does pay for itself, not only in terms of ongoing guitar maintenance costs but also especially concerning your own guitar playing pleasure.

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