The Benefits Of Keeping Your Guitar Perfectly Maintained:
-The guitar will be much easier to play (for example – you can lower the strings distance from the fretboard) and will not hinder your musical improvement.
-The guitar’s sound will be equal to a well higher priced guitars and even BETTER. High quality fresh strings by themselves make an impeccable difference and just by that you will get a tremendous benefit to your sound.
-Your will to play the guitar and to practice will be higher and therefore you will improve faster on the guitar.
-Your guitar will last for many years while only getting better and hold most of it’s value.
The 4 Most Beneficial Guitar Maintenance Tips:
1 – Keep It Clean.
First and foremost, my guitars are always clean and never dusty. It makes for a big difference and it’s easy to follow up on – just about once a week I clean them up with a dry rag, including hard-to-reach places like under the strings. This takes exactly 30 seconds and gives a better feeling immediately. You can also use a guitar polish spray to get some extra shine if you wanna be really anal about it. When I change strings I also clean the fretboard very well and use a fretboard oil – more on that in a minute.
2 – Take It For A Set-Up!
At least once a year, take your guitars to a professional guitar technician for a set-up. What’s set up? A set up is like a car annual maintenance appointment but for a guitar. The main reason to take a guitar for a set up is lowering the action (the distance between the fretboard and the strings) which makes the guitar way easier to play. Also, set up makes sure that there is no buzzing at any given fret, that the neck is adjusted correctly, that the guitar intonation is good (making sure the guitar is tuned in the upper frets as well) and more maintenance stuff that you will not do at home unless you are very technically savvy.
3 – Change Strings Regularly – Always Keep Them Fresh!
Make sure you only use quality strings and change the strings often. Even by doing only that, you will get an amazing guitar in your hands. This is the single biggest improvement.
4 – Use A Fretboard & Strings Lubricant
Now this one’s a tip that will be of tremendous help aand will leave you surprised.
Always top a fresh pair of strings with a nice brush of String Lubricant and also every once in a while I brush some of it on guitars that have not been played in a while. It nourishes and moisturizes the fretboard so say goodbye to those cracky dry looking fretboards.
A little maintenance will go a long way to keeping your guitars looking and sounding great!