Care and maintenance

Care and maintenance

The guitar is finished with multiple coats of high-grade nitrocellulose finish. The resultant finish is thin, durable and acoustically compatible. The best way to preserve the finish is to keep it clean , wiping off perspiration and fingerprints with a soft, damp (not wet) cloth. While there are many commercial guitar cleaners available, a rag slightly dampened with plain tap water and thoroughly wrung out will remove most dirt. Then buff with a dry clean cloth. If you must use commercial products, avoid those with solvents, silicones or abrasives. Remember: polishing is not cleaning. Polishes remove finish along with dirt. Fingerboards can occasionally dry out, but require only a very small amount of oil (thoroughly buffed) to restore. Less is always best!

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Foam/Rubber/Vinyl warning: Many types of instrument stands and straps that employ petroleum-based foam, rubber or vinyl can cause damage over time when in contact with nitrocellulose lacquer finishes. Because of this, many stand manufacturers have developed stands that are “lacquer safe”, however due to variations in finish constitution between various makers it is always safest to treat stands as temporary storage for your instrument. The safest way to avoid finish damage when using a stand is to cover the foam/rubber parts with a soft cotton cloth (guitar polish cloths work well or even an old T-shirt). The safest long term storage for your instrument is in its case.

*If you are travelling or will not be playing your guitar for a longer period I always recommend to tune down the string’s to reduce string tension.