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Basic Care and Feeding of the Guitar

 

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Guitars are made of wood, and wood is an organic material. This means that it is susceptible to reacting to environmental conditions that would effect any other kind of wood. Wood expands when it is damp, and contracts when it is dry. Wood can warp, crack, or split in reaction to drastic changes in temperature or humidity, or due to being dropped on the floor and stomped on.

Make sure and store your guitar properly, transport your guitar safely, and monitor its environment in terms of temperature and humidity. Keep your guitar clean and shiny with a dedicated guitar cleaner or polish. Your guitar will thank you with years and years of happy musical companionship!

Want to learn to change your strings yourself?
Check out this tutorial by Christopher Schlegel:
Changing Strings and Basic Maintenance.