For a vocalist, their voice is their most prized possession. It means that they have to nurture their voice and vocal chords from wear and tear, and follow a routine that preserves it for the rest of their career. Similarly, for a percussionist or musicians who use musical instruments in their performance, they have to extend an equal or greater care for their instruments. Musical instruments are also subjected to different weather conditions, whether you own an Ibanez guitar, Alvarez Guitar, or an Epiphone guitar. Guitars are one of the most popular musical instruments pursued both as a hobby and as a profession. The wood responds differently to each season and the sound may change as a result. So every musician must also be aware of how to take care of their guitars.

Cleaning the Acoustic Guitar

Building a long term relationship with your Guitar

  • First understand the type of material or wood that is used to manufacture your guitar.
  • An acoustic guitar is created from thin wood. It implies that the wood responds to changes in humidity and temperature. For example, if there is a sudden increase in the temperature, your guitar is in danger of developing cracks as a result of the cold conditions it is exposed to. In other words, these are known as lacquer cracks. With increased humidity, the moisture content in the wood also increases, and as a result, causes it to expand.
  • While minimal changes in the atmosphere do not have a huge impact, however, an exposure to high humidity and temperature changes will have an adverse effect on the guitar. It can weaken the bridge or glue joints.
  • To prevent such issues in the future, it is important to track these variations in temperature. You can use weather instruments such as a thermometer or hygrometer to measure the humidity levels in the atmosphere.

Guitar case

  •  Safeguard your guitar in its case when not in use. If your guitar has been in an environment where the temperature is too cold, first bring it to room temperature when it is in its case. This ensures that there is no shock to the wood when introduced to fluctuating temperatures that can cause it to crack. If there is a condition of low humidity, then caution should be exercised while using the humidifier since the guitar should not be directly exposed to moisture.
  • Avoid tuning your strings all the time. When you tighten the strings or loosen it too often, it affects the quality of the sound the instrument produces. Remember, the sound is also dependent on the condition of the wood.
  •  Another tip to improve the sound your guitar is to wipe the guitar strings. Especially with metal strings, the moisture combined from your fingers can cause the metal strings to corrode over a period of time. When cleaning your guitar strings, use an soft material, maybe even a worn out t-shirt to maintain your guitar strings.

Maintaining guitar strings

Last, but not the least, always ensure only a professional handles your guitar should you run into any issues.