It’s common for guitar players to go to bed excited after a stellar performance from their in tune guitars only for the same guitar to be unplayable the very next day. Drastic changes to the physical appearance as well as the tone of a guitar are caused by bad storage and bad maintenance practices. It is also common for guitars to crack due to exposure to extreme weather conditions and temperature. Here are some preventive measures that could help keep your guitar in a good condition.
A fretboard that is dirty will not only make you uncomfortable when playing but it may also affect your articulation and speed of playing. Fretboards can easily be cleaned using specially made fretboard conditioners or lemon oil and a clean piece of cloth.
All kinds of guitars are affected by extreme levels of humidity. When a guitar is exposed to too much sunlight it dries out quickly and ends up with cracks which are quite expensive to repair. On the other hand, exposure to high levels of humidity may result in your guitar loosing its tone and quality due to the swelling up that takes place.
Use of a humidifier for guitars is a good way to ensure that your guitar is not affected by hot conditions while a good guitar case is important especially for a travel guitar in order to store it well when the levels of humidity are high.
Rusty and worn out guitar strings may lead to the strings having issues in tuning, the strings having a blunt tone, and the strings may even break while in the middle of a performance. This can be remedied by the guitar users who spend a lot of hours on their guitars having a certain timeline after which they will change all the strings on their guitar thereby forestalling future problems.
When a guitar is not well strapped, it can easily slip during a performance and end up on the floor which can lead to its neck being fractured or a damaged input jack. A good strap lock or fret lock would be a welcome insurance policy for your priced electric guitar.
A loose input jack holding nut could lead to your jack slipping out of its position or being noisy while a loose pick guard might also break or start to rattle. Tuning peg screws should also be tightened occasionally to ensure that they work perfectly. All these issues can be easily prevented by ensuring that all the nuts and screws of your guitar are constantly checked and tightened.
If any of the frets or tuning pegs starts to show signs of rust, a guitar player should ensure that they are immediately replaced because they are surely going to affect the performance once they fail. Sweat may also cause the bridge of your guitar to rust which can increase the hum which is especially noticeable when recording. Such a bridge should also be replaced without delay.
Guitars that are rarely used should always be stored in a gig bag or a guitar case and should be regularly checked for any signs of warping.