Your Guitar Repair Responsibilities

What guitar maintenance should I learn? 

As a guitarist, whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, whether you are an amateur or a professional as soon as you own a guitar you will need to choose a local professional to maintain your instrument.

 

This becomes more important after your second guitar purchase.

It is important that you learn how to maintain your own guitars on the basic level and, over time, at a more intermediate level:

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The Basic Level - Your Responsibility:
 

  1. Proper tuning techniques and process
     

  2. Purchasing the correct strings for your instrument
     

  3. Changing your guitar’s string in a timely fashion
     

  4. Cleaning and polishing your guitar’s body, neck, and headstock
     

  5. Cleaning and treating your fingerboard with the correct supplies and process

The Intermediate Level - Your Responsibility to Learn:
 

  1. Setting the playing action correctly and in the correct order: T.R.A.I.N.
    1. Tuning: Tune to Pitch

    2. Relief: Checking the neck “Relief” with your fingers and adjust the Truss Rod

    3. Action: Setting the action with an Action Gage

    4. Intonation: Setting the strings bridge saddle position so that the length from the nut to the top of the 12th fret is exactly the same as the distance from the top of the 12th fret to the top of each string saddle.

    5. Nut / Noodle:

      1. Ensure that the nut string slots do not bind the strings when tuning

      2. Play every note on the fingerboard to ensure the action setting is high enough not to cause a buzz on any fret
         

  2. Cleaning your electric guitar’s switches, jacks, volume, and tone controls with the proper solvent when they become noisy

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