The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in the realm of music. Guitars have been around for thousands of years and part of their enduring popularity is due to the fact that guitarists recognize the importance of caring for guitars.
Types of Guitars
To be able to carry out properly the steps in caring for guitars, it is a must to known and recognized the different types of guitar first.
- Acoustic guitars are the most known and most common guitar type, with two sub-types: classical and steel-string. Classical guitar differ from the steel string type because it has a wider neck and uses nylon strings. Steel-string guitars use steel strings to give it a distinctive metallic sound.
- Twelve string guitars have 12 strings, six of which are thinner. The 12 string is described as having a “jangly” sound with a broader range.
- Electric guitars differ in several respects. This guitar has a solid body. The strings on and electric guitar are thinner and closer to the neck.
- Bass guitars are typically electric guitars that produce a deeper tone and provide a driving beat and rhythm. Bass guitars have longer necks and thicker strings that resonate at a lower octave than a six string guitar.
- Double neck guitars are a hybrid and are often found as combinations of six and 12 string guitars in one body.
- Resonator guitars are less commonly found and distinguished by the spun aluminum sound hole cover, with the bridge connected to the cone. These guitars have a loud and bright sound that works well in jazz.
Proper Guitar Care
The life and sound quality of any type of guitar requires proper care. Caring for guitars involves several steps that will insure a long life.
- Proper care for guitars should always include polishing it after it is played using a clear non-abrasive cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Note that some experts favor using a chamois to do the cleaning.
- The strings should be wiped down to remove oils. Clean strings last longer and produce a clearer sound.
- The fret should occasionally be cleaned with lemon oil. The best time to do this is when the strings are changed.
- Any signs of cracks or other damages to the guitar body should be repaired by a professional.
- A well built guitar case is another essential accessory for every guitar.
- Play the guitar often.
- Guitars are always built in a humidity controlled environment of 40-60 percent because the moisture level is critical to the quality of a guitar’s sound. A guitar humidifier is a must-have component to protect any guitar from the damages of cold and low humidity environments.
Those cleaning tips are simple yet they are very essential to your guitars. Caring for guitars guarantees a longer life and years of enjoyable p