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How to Properly Care for a Guitar
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Hi! I’m Rick Tedesco for About.com and today we’re going to talk about How to properly care for a Guitar. We’re here at the Guitar Hangar in Brookfield, Connecticut.
Guitars Adjust in Different Climates

It goes without saying that good guitar maintenance will go a long way. Take care of your guitar and it will take care of you. Let’s talk about the setup of your instrument. If you buy a guitar online, chances are when you get it, it’s going to need to be set up. The reason for this is there are different climates around the country. If you buy a guitar from California and you live in Texas, you’re guitar is going to adjust when it gets to it’s new home and you’re going to need to set it up for your new climate.
Get a Professional Guitar Set Up

I strongly recommend not trying to do a set up yourself if you don’t know how to do it. There are many people around the country that can take care of this for you. When we do a set up here, we adjust several things on the guitar. The truss rod, to make sure the neck has the right amount of relief in it, the height of the nut, the height of the bridge, the intonation of the bridge, these are all things that are covered in a setup. We also clean and treat the fret board and polish the frets.
Guitars are Sensitive to Weather

How do you store your guitar safely? The best place for it is in the case when you’re not using it. If you have a guitar stand, make sure it’s in a safe place without pets and little kids that can knock it off the stand because that can cause serious damage. Something to consider it sudden temperature change, this can be a problem with any guitar. If your guitar is outside in the cold, left in the trunk overnight in your car by accident and then the next day you bring it into a warm house and you open the case your finish will shatter. The wood will expand faster than the finish can. Humidity levels aren’t that important with an electric guitar, but they are very important for an acoustic guitar. If your acoustic guitar dries out, the bridge can come off, the top can crack. Acoustic guitars are made of much thinner woods and are very susceptible to humidity levels.
Invest in Guitar Maintenance Products

This is an acoustic guitar humidifier, if you live anywhere where you have seasons you must have this. After each session of playing your guitar, it’s a good idea to wipe it down and clean it. A nice cloth cleans off the finger prints off the body. There are several products that you can use for string cleaning, or even just a wipe down with a clean cloth will keep your strings lasting a lot longer. Every so often, you’re going to have to change the strings on your guitars, its maintenance, it’s like changing the oil in your car, you just have to do it every once in a while.

Establishing a good guitar care routine will help insure that you have many long years of musical fun and enjoyment. To learn more about this and other music topics, please visit About.com. Thanks for watching.
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