INSTRUMENT CARE…

Instrument Care is one of the main elements of maximising the playability of your instrument AND ensuring that it requires the least amount of work in the coming years…

The following is how Michael maintains his instruments – some of which date back to the 60’s and 70’s, which have required minimal servicing over the years!

 

ACOUSTIC, BASS & ELECTRIC GUITARS…

 

Rule 1 – Change your strings!!!!

For Acoustic Guitar Players – Our advice would be to change your strings, a minimum of, 4 times per year. We would advise changning at the start of the following months…

January, April, July & October

 

For Bass Guitar Players – Our advice would be to change your strings, a minimum of, 2 times per year. We would advise changning at the start of the following months…

January & July 

 

For Electric Guitar Players – Our advice would be to change your strings, a minimum of, 5 times per year. We would advise changning at the start of the following months…

January, April, June, August & October

 

If you are able to change your strings more frequently, so much the better!

 

Rule 2 – Clean Frets & Fingerboard!

Using Silver Brasso and a J-Cloth, clean over the frets from side to side of you instrument.

Using 0000 Wire Wool, rub over the frets, again, from side to side gently – this will not mark the fingerboard but will take out any imperfections within the Frets. Clean all residue off with the J-Cloth and on…

a) Rosewood/Ebony fingerboard – Apply Lemon Oil

b) Maple neck – Use WD-40 on a new J-Cloth

 

Rule 3 – Clean the Body & Neck

On a sealed finish (polyester or cellouse) use WD-40 on a clean J-Cloth ensuring tht all the residue is taken off. WD-40 is a known degreaser and will clean the body to a high polish.

If your instrument is unsealed, or has an oil finish, all that is reuired is dusting over with a clean J-Cloth with no chemicals.

 

Rule 4 – DON’T ALLOW  YOUR GUITAR TO CHANGE IN TEMPERATURE TOO QUICKLY!!

 

All the above is assuming that theinstrument has been set up correctly, in the fist instance, this will prolong the life of the instrument massively! This is how Michael has cared for his instrments for the past 40 years, there are many other methods; however, this has ALWAYS worked for him…