If you love your guitar and want it to play smoothly for as long as possible, you need to take care of your guitar. Especially acoustic guitars, since they sound better and better as the woods get older. So its good to preserve an acoustic guitar. That’s not to say that electric guitars do not need good care. They require the same care. So, here are some guidelines on how to take care of your guitar.
1. Buy a guitar stand.
Having a guitar stand to place your guitar will greatly reduce the accidental harsh bumps of the guitar when you place them down which can hurt the guitar subtly or badly. And if your guitar has an output jack which is situated at he bottom, having a guitar stand is a must to prevent the output jack socket from getting damaged. Or alternatively, you can make a hanger on the wall. Either of them are good to take care of your guitar.
A guitar bag will protect your guitar from moisture in high humidity places or weather and it will also protect your guitar from accidental bumps or pulling of strings. There are soft case guitar bags and hard case guitar bags. A hard case is the ideal choice as it will protect your guitar from the knocks and bumps and the weather. The soft case guitar bags may not protect your guitar from the bumps and knocks but they can keep your guitar safe from bad weather conditions. They can at least reduce the effects from the knocks to some amount.
3. Clean or change your guitar strings regularly.
If you want good sound production from your guitar strings, you need to take care of your guitar strings. Guitar strings accumulate sweat and dirt from fingers and surroundings. They get worn off and the coating starts to tear off,they rust and cause unwanted friction when playing. All these will largely affect the sound produced and your guitar playing. The rusted strings can also damage your fingerboard. So it is good to clean the strings regularly and change them when they get damaged. If you are cleaning the strings, with a wet cloth, make sure that it is not too wet. Just a light moistened cloth will do. And make sure that the strings dry completely after cleaning, otherwise it will rust. When the strings start to wear off, you will need to purchase a new set and change the strings.
4. Clean the fingerboard regularly.
The fingerboard too accumulates a lot of sweat and dirt from your fingers, strings and the surroundings. This mixture of accumulated moisture and dirt makes your guitar fingerboard very sticky and hampers the smooth playing for the fingers on the fingerboard. If you don’t clean them, they form thick sticky pastes on the fingerboard which becomes quite stubborn and difficult to clean later on. It is also dirty and makes guitar playing uncomfortable. So make a habit of taking off the strings and cleaning the fingerboard regularly. This will ensure smooth playing for your fingers. It will also ensure that your fingerboard wood is in good
5. Clean the inside of the hollow body of acoustic guitars.
The hollow body of acoustic guitars can gain dirt and sometimes spider webs, etc which affect the sound reproduction of the woods. Make sure to clean them from time to time. This will ensure that you will get the best sound reproduction from the woods of your guitar body.
6. Clean the tuning pegs.
The tuning pegs that wind the guitar strings can gain dirt and also develop rust. This makes the tuning pegs very tight and hard to rotate. It damages the tuning of the guitar and makes it difficult to tune the strings. So make sure to clean them and keep your guitar in a dry place as much as possible.
There are many cleaning products made for guitars available in the market. You can search and try them.
And finally, always handle your guitar gently and avoid careless or accidental bumps and knocks. When you put down your guitar, put it down gently so that you don’t hit the ground too hard with your guitar. If you take care of your guitar, your guitar will have a long life of smooth playing and loads of fun for you.
Also check out how to hold the guitar.