Intro to Guitar Maintenance
Safe and quick effective techniques to do guitar polishing and cleaning. Guitar is a musical instrument which needs to be properly maintained from time to time. The guitar itself is quite a pricey musical instrument depends on the quality of the guitar. If you have spent quite an amount of expenses on the purchase of the guitar, then obviously you would want the guitar to last as long as possible and if it is possible to last forever in your lifetime.
Cleaning and polishing the guitar is an activity of guitar maintenance which needs to be done from time to time to keep your guitar at its peak condition. This guitar maintenance process need not be done in short period or daily. You can maintain it in a period of a weekly or fortnightly. It depends on the frequency of you playing it. If you are a professional guitarist which are going to perform in a lot of places in short period, then it is advised for you to do this maintenance activity more often and if it is possible do it daily. The proper and routine cleaning would not only makes your guitar looks shiny and brand new all the time but also makes your guitar string last longer thus saves your guitar string replacement expenses.
Method of safe and quick guitar maintenance
To do a simple and quick guitar maintenance is not difficult and it does not take your time a lot. 20 minutes at most is the standard time you need to perform your standard cleaning and polishing on the guitar. Here are the few tips which might be able to aid you in performing your guitar maintenance:
1. Prepare the maintenance tools
· The first step you would need to do is preparing the right guitar cleaning and polishing tools. The proper tool would be a soft cloth such as flannel or old tee shirt would fit for the job. Avoid the usage of abrasive material such as the paper towel because it might you’re your precious guitar with remnants of scratches. And then you need to prepare the guitar polish product. Fender or Martin guitar polish is highly recommended for this job. Remember not to use the furniture polish product because the furniture polish product contain hard chemicals which might prove hard for the guitar.
2. Wiping, Light Polishing, Cream Polishing, and Cleaning
· These are the series of activities which you must do in maintaining your guitar. It might looks like a lot of job for a maintenance but in fact that the polishing part is rarely necessary if you have been regularly cleaning your guitar from time to time. The first cleaning part you need to do would be cleaning your guitar string and the body of the guitar. Just simply wiping off the dusts which are visible on your guitar. And if it is possible, just clean your guitar string every time you finished playing your guitar. This would obviously make your guitar shine all the time. Next step would be if you find your guitar has multitude of tiny scratches, then apply the cream polishing to the fill the scratches with a wax. This wax would cover the scratches and provides protective resistant layer to the dust and preventing further scratches. The guitar polish maintenance is only applied once or twice a year and maybe more if you have been properly taking care of your guitar. Therefore, be sure to regularly cleaning your guitar to avoid heavy maintenance as they say prevention is better than treatment.