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Keeping Your Guitar or Bass in Tip Top Shape: 5 Basic Maintenance Tips

Apr 23, 2018
Guitar ownership is a two-way street. You get a lot of love out of it – playing on Sunday mornings as the light streams in through your windows and the smell of fresh coffee fills the air.

Strumming along in a jam ‘sesh with a few of your oldest friends. Learning a new tune and playing it through perfectly for the first time. Preserving these moments is essential to any guitar or bass player and putting love back into your instrument is an essential part of that.

We don’t have to tell you that your instrument needs TLC, but we can share 5 important tips on how to make sure it gets the love it deserves. Check out a few of our favourites below.

1. A few strings attached.

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Every time you play your instrument, we recommend wiping down the neck and strings as part of everyday guitar maintenance. We know what you’re thinking: every time! It sounds like a lot, but your strings are made of metal, and your fingers produce sweat, which can cause corrosion and wear on your strings. What’s more, making wiping down your strings part of your routine lessens the odds you’ll forget to do it since eventually, it’ll just become a habit.

(Shameless plug): We also recommend using Dry n’ Glide. Its pH balancing formula protects instruments, strings, and cymbals from corrosion, all while creating an effortless feel when you play.

2. Lock it down.

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Keeping your guitar in its case keeps dust safely away from your volume and tone knobs. We know it’s tough to keep something so beautiful out of sight, but your case is an essential part of your guitar gear, and the best place for storing an instrument you’re going to want to keep around and play for years.

3. Clean = happy.

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It’s no surprise that keeping your guitar clean is one of the easiest ways to maintain it. What’s surprising, however, is what you can use to clean it. That soft white tee that inevitably developed sweat stains? Give it a thorough wash, cut it up, and use the unstained sections as a cleaning cloth for your guitar or bass. The cotton (and also some guitar polish once in awhile) will keep it looking shiny and smooth.

Note: Ensure the t-shirt you use is 100% cotton. Rough or abrasive textiles can cause serious damage to your instrument.

4. Home is where the temperature regulation is.

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The most convenient place for your guitar or bass might be tucked into a corner or in a close, over-the-heat vent, but check that it isn’t too close to a drafty window, radiator, or other heat source. Keeping consistent heat (ambient room temperature) and humidity (don’t let it get too dry, 45% - 55% is ideal) will keep your guitar happy.

5. Play on the regular.

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Did you know your guitar will sound better the more often it’s played and enjoyed? Your bass or guitar is a complex instrument, and one that needs to be shown some love, more than occasionally. Practice playing your guitar every day, and it’ll show you some love right back.

Now that you’ve scooped up all our best tips on how to maintain your guitar or bass, start implementing a love-based maintenance routine. And if you’re looking for parts or upgrades, we always have some gear ready for your browsing pleasure.

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