One of the most important things musical players must know is how to repair and do the maintenance for their musical instrument. Unlike other types of guitar that only need some simple maintenance such as cleaning and wire changing, electric guitar needs more time and efforts.
Buying an electric guitar is difficult, but maintaining its condition is even tougher. With the fifth time buying and so many years playing electric guitar, I also have some experiences with this type of musical instrument. That’s why I write this article to show you the best way to take care of your friend and bring it to the best condition as if it was bought just a few days ago.
The First Cleaning
No matter what type of guitar you are using, or how long you have been using it, this is the first thing you have to do, and do it regularly. Your guitar is going to look better and sounds better as well. Actually, it can remove some kinds of dust and dirt that might damage the wood and the strings. Don’t be lazy and leave your guitar untouched for too long. Treat it as your friend.
The part you have to touch most often on your guitar is the string, that’s why you should remove them first for replacement. Most guitars are pre – strung before buying so that customers can try them at once, but those strings are not the best one for your guitar. First of all, you need to remove the strings by using your hand or the unwinder. You can start with the head of the guitar first and unwind slowly until all the strings are loose. You should be careful or else these strings can leave some scratches over your guitar. After that, take the string off by removing the other end of the bridge and then move them aside.
Now is the cleaning part. You should make use of a fiber – free washcloth to rub the entire front and back of your electric guitar. Clean it with rubbing alcohol if you think it is too dirty. Don’t use water because this type of musical instrument can be damaged severely with just a small amount of water on the surface. Don’t get any water inside the electrical part as well.
The following steps, I will show you how to unstring, replace the strings and tune the guitar as well as how to prevent technical problems such as plugging and humid.
Restring The Guitar
Restringing guitars can be quite difficult if you are a beginner. But you will get used to it after some times. The best way to learn how to string a guitar is to look for videos online. There are so many tutorials about this, just pick one and do exactly what is told.
I will introduce this very quickly. First of all, you have to know the exact position of each string. Then you have to attach one end of the string on the bridge first. After that, slowly wind the other end one the guitar neck using the peg until you think the string is firm enough. Do the same step with other strings. You don’t have to stretch them too hard since they must be tuned correctly before playing. Just make sure every string is in the correct line.
While doing this step, try not to do anything too hard because it can leave some unwanted damages to the guitar neck as well as the guitar pegs. You really don’t want to replace the whole set of guitar peg just because one is broken.
Again it is very important for beginners to know how to tune up a guitar, especially when you play electric guitar. You can listen to video clips on Youtube and try to tune your strings as similar to the sounds as possible. But it would not be precise for some reasons, mostly because of your ears.
So if you have a guitar tuning machine, it would be no problem. All you need is attach that machine on the head of your guitar and turn it on. Then you can see the current note of each string while you tune up and down – very easy, isn’t it?
Though you take care of your guitar regularly and make sure it is stored properly, there are still some issues you have to know about so as to avoid or have the right solution for them.
- Humidity: This is the worst enemy of every kind of guitar. It can make some cracks on the guitar or make the neck bent thus makes the sounds worse. Especially if you are living in tropical countries, humidifying is essential to keep your guitar in the best condition.
- Input Jack: since you are playing electric guitar, plugging in and out sometimes causes damages in the connection parts. That’s why sometimes you have to check this part to make sure it is still fine. The connection decides whether the signals are transferred properly or not. Don’t think of it just as an additional part of your electric guitar. If possible, unscrew it and do some cleaning.
- The truss rod: It is located in the neck of the guitar so as to help the player to lower or raise the action of the string to the frets. It can be fixed or detachable. However, you should adjust it regularly to make sure everything is fine and you won’t feel too difficult to play notes and chords.
Playing guitar is not just only about learning chords and performing, it’s also about how you love your guitar and how to maintain it at its best. A good guitar player can manage to find the best guitar, but the best guitar player is the one who can bring a good guitar to a whole new level with his skills and proper take care. If you need any instructs about fixing or finding problems with your instruments, just call us, we are really happy to help you at once.