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How to Maintain your New Guitar [5 Easy Steps]

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Have a new guitar that you want to keep in tip top playing condition?

Here are 5 things we recommend you do:

  1. Wipe down and polish

  2. Humidify

  3. Change strings regularly

  4. Proper storage

  5. Regular setups

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Learn more about how each of these recommendations can help you extend the lifespan of your guitar below:

1. Wipe down and polish: Oils, dirt, and sweat all have the potential to damage the finish of your guitar, which is why wiping down and polishing your guitar often is essential to keeping it looking like new.

2. Humidify: From the factory, to our store, and then to your door. Your new guitar has undergone many different humidity changes already. Guitars are most commonly made of wood which tends to shrink and swell with the level of moisture in the air. We keep the guitars in our store humidified to ensure that they play consistently, and don't run the risk of warping, cracking, or worse.

3. Change strings regularly: There's nothing like the feel of a new set of strings. Older strings tend to oxidize, become grimy, and lose their bright tone. Depending on how much you play it's a good idea to change out your strings every few months. This is also a great opportunity to clean and oil up your fretboard.

4. Proper storage: Many people like to keep their guitar out on a stand for regular use, but if you're thinking about storing or traveling with your guitar there are a few different factors to consider. For closet storage we love these padded hanging bags. They're slim, cushy, and have extra storage for strings, straps, and picks. If you're traveling a hard case is a safer option as they're more impact resistant and provide neck stability.

5. Regular setups: Setups are necessary to keep your guitar playing just the way you like it. Using your guitar often, changes in weather, travel, and more can cause your instrument to fall out of adjustment. Luthiers take special care to adjust the neck, bridge, and string height to your specifications, and can help address any concerns you may have.

We hope your new guitar lasts a lifetime. Taking care of your instrument can be fun, fulfilling, and allow you to spend more time playing and less time in the repair shop.

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