Keeping Your Guitar in Tune

When inspiration strikes, every musician knows that it's essential to have your writing and recording setups in ready-to-go mode, especially when it comes to tuning. Keeping your instruments in tip top shape is essential for streamlining your creative process. 

Now, every instrument that has a tuning mechanism must be kept with care. The better condition that you keep your instrument in, the better it will play for you. We’re even looking at you, piano players! Keeping your piano in tune as often as possible, will keep your playing and your ears sharpened. 

First things first, consider the climate. Are you conscious of the temperature and conditions in which you're keeping your instruments? DId you know that a guitar should be stored in a room with a temperature of 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit? If you'd like to be extra safe with your guitars, especially if they're particularly costly or precious to you, consider storing them inside their cases, safely away from the elements and unwanted guests who may mess with them a little too much despite their best intentions. On top of that, the elements such as too much salt water in the air, if you live by the beach, or too much humidity can seriously harm your musical instruments and you must take precaution or you'll be sorry later!

 

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In terms of everyday maintenance, it’s best to keep your guitars away from open windows and units such as air conditioners and humidifiers. Additionally, it’s best to keep it out of direct sunlight and always in a hard case, if possible. However, we all know what’s better than fixing problems, it’s being preventative! In this case, be sure to tune your guitar with a tuner every few days or so - this way, you won’t be too far gone when it comes to tuning!

So, how does one diagnose a guitar that needs some serious assistance, or at least have its environment altered? You’ll often find swollen or shrinking frets, tuning issues and if things haven’t been solved quickly, then you may even find cracks throughout different parts of your guitar. Hopefully it never gets to that point though! 

If you find that your instrument is indeed in distress, then it’s time to take it in for a tune-up. If you aren’t exactly sure how to handle your creative tool, then it’s best to take it to a professional where you can trust that your guitar will be happier leaving than how it arrived. 

At the end of the day, be sure to treat your guitar just as you would treat any of your precious belongings. Despite that fact that guitars are indeed hearty materials, they do need need some TLC and advanced planning when it comes to their maintenance.