Taking care of your new guitar

Welcoming a new addition to your family!

First off, congratulations on your new purchase!

It’s a good thing you’re here because that means you care about protecting your investment, and in this brief article, we’re going to discuss exactly that. Bringing a new piece of gear home is an exciting time and one when we’re usually filled with emotion, so we might forget a couple simple, fundamental we should always remember. Please feel free to use the information we’ve provided on our existing light maintenance guide to supplement what you take away from this article.

Making your home safe for your new baby

A lot of us plan these things out, for others, it just happens. In any case, if you haven’t done so, now is a great time to go get a couple simple things to assemble a small maintenance bag to keep all the tags and tools you get with and for your guitar. A 100% cotton cloth or cloth that’s proven okay to use on guitars, an oil or conditioning solution that’s safe for your guitars fretboard, and a couple packs of guitar strings (preferably the same gauge as the strings shipped, unless you plan on doing a set up on the guitar).

This might sound obvious for some but having a good quality guitar stand is a must. No doubt you can find cheap stands on the internet, but bear in mind you get what you pay for, and having a stand collapse on stage or in any scenario for that matter is just not worth the “saving” the couple of extra bucks.

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It’s a set up!

Well, is it? You should be able to easily find out if your guitar was shipped to you set up properly and if so, to what specifications. Whether online or a phone call away, the information should be easily accessible. After finding out if your instrument was set up and if so how, you can determine if you want to set it up differently or keep it as is. When ordering a standard production model from Schecter Guitars or a retailer or said brand, you might not be able to alter the tuning but when placing a custom order from luthiers like Kiesel Guitars or Ormsby Guitars you might be able to choose your tuning, so don’t be afraid to ask. Also, some models come with manuals so you can perform maintenance and set up yourself and know if there’s any special features or functions to take note of. If your guitar didn’t come with a manual you can most likely still find manuals online if you look!

Case closed

If you purchased a higher end guitar, whether from a smaller luthier or a large retailer from a well known brand, your guitar should come with a case. If you purchased a guitar from a line that doesn’t include a hardshell case or soft gig bag then it is very important you get at least a soft gig bag as soon as you can. You can be a very tidy, cautious, and careful person, but accidents happen, and it’s best to be pro-active rather than re-active so keep it cased when you know you won’t be using it for a while. Make sure to thoroughly wipe the entire guitar, frets and fingerboard, hardware and screws, then the body before placing it back in the case.

The information I’ve provided is pretty fundamental but important to remember. I hope I’ve reminded you of some vital information that will keep your guitar looking and playing new for as long as it can! As always, thanks for reading, and until next time fellow Gear Snobs!

I hope this article helps you protect your investment and keep that axe grinding! Thank you for reading! Make sure to “Like” our page on Facebook, share with your friends, and keep up for new content! Until next time fellow Gear Snobs!

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