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Guitar Care 101: Keep Your Guitar Playing Its Best

By Justin Sims

As the seasons change and the warm weather has arrived, its a good time to think of how those changes may be affecting your guitar. Taking an afternoon to focus on guitar care will ensure your guitar is playing the best it can, now and for years to come.

Humidity control

Humidity control (or lack thereof) can make or break the life of your guitar. As the dryer, colder months come about, our guitars get very dry and the wood tightens up. This can cause cracking, separations in the wood, sharp frets, dry fretboards, and other issues. Whereas, in the warmer months, the humidity of South Carolina can cause guitars to swell due to the expanding wood, high action, and other issues. We always recommend that guitarists get something like the D’Addario Humidification Pack to help keep this regulated. Just hang the pack over the strings of the guitar and/or place it in your case with the guitar and let it work its magic! Over time, the inserts on the humidification pack will need to be replaced, but then you can just purchase those instead of an entire new system. Keeping this pack with your guitar can save a lot of trouble and money down the road. For more information on humidity control, check our blog, Guitar Care 101: Humidity.

Occasional Setups

As cold weather comes to an end, we recommend you bring your guitar to your local guitar repair tech for a setup. This ensures everything is in working order includes things like setting intonation, adjusting the neck, moisturizing the fretboard, checking bridge heights, and more. Getting this done occasionally can improve your overall playing experience, because it will not only ensure your guitar is playing its best, but it can also expand the life of your guitar. Sometimes your guitar may not need too much done to it and if thats the case, a good tech will let you know.  Other times, you may need a complete setup.

Play Your Guitar

This is our favorite step, for obvious reasons. Guitars are designed to be played. The wood needs to vibrate and change. Not only will this help the quality of the guitar, but the actual sound of the guitar improves with use. The longer you own a guitar and the more you play it, the better it will sound. Even if for a couple of minutes each day, grab that guitar off the wall, tune it up, and have fun!

We hope this information is helpful to making your playing experience the best it can be. If you ever have any questions about guitar care, give us a call or bring in your guitar at any time. We have the best guitar tech in the business, and we will always give you an honest opinion about what needs to be done (if anything) to make sure it’s in the best shape possible.

Sims Music Special Offer

During the month of April, Sims Music is offering setups for just $25 (a $45 value). If you purchased your guitar from Sims you get lifetime neck adjustments for free. Never hesitate to bring it in whenever you’d like to have us check it out!