The most fundamental part of a guitar instrument is the strings. Without them, you can’t play a thing. When they are not toned, you can’t hear the sound better. How to make guitar strings produce quality music? There is only one way to it – cleaning.
Cleaning is the simplest type of guitar maintenance that when done regularly, your guitar can have the longest longevity and produce the highest quality of music possible. The strings of your guitar can get dirt and grime easily. That dirt can give a negative impact to the sound your thing create. If you want to keep the strings in optimum condition, cleaning them the right way is important.
Cleaning away the Grime
When grime attacks, guitar strings are at risk. Fortunately, there is a lot of ways you can do for it. The dust and dirt are the worst part of our environment. We can’t stop them from coming into our instruments but we can do something to keep our things protected.
In order to remove dust, you can use a dry cloth or a feather duster. However, when the dust becomes grime, it requires more than just that. Grimes can stick to all surfaces. Grime affects the wood and hardware when ignored. You can even find them mostly on your strings.
When dust and natural oils from your fingertips smash together, you will noticeably see how ugly your strings are. Over time, these will corrode the string material and create a grumpy buildup making the tone destroyed. Such grime makes the strings wear out a lot faster than normal guitar use. The grime will seep into the pores of the fingerboard and will slow down the way the string sound.
One way to fight the grime is to wipe down the strings right after every use. After giving the strings a general wipe down, pinch each string with your fingers in between together with cloth and run your hand up and down the string body. This will make the strings dry all the way and fight off any grunge.
A guitar is composed mostly of wood and it works as a good rubdown. When dust lives into the wood of your instrument, blow them off. You can gently rub the guitar and use a small hair paintbrush until it is dust-free.
The grimy buildup will surely make the hardware look bad. Though, it does not really hurt the hardware that much but a duller hardware won’t surely make the instrument better.
You can rub the hardware of your guitar with a dust cloth to make it cleaned but you can also use a chrome polish to make the process a lot better. Polish remove grease residue a lot easier than a simple wipe alone. Just bear this in mind: never get any liquid polish in the moving parts of a tuning machine or else you will just destroy it.
Lubricating the Strings
After cleaning the strings of your guitar, it deserves to be lubricated. Lubricating guitar strings is important for its better functionality.
Determine what your guitar is made of.
You can make the lubrication done very well by determining first what your strings are made of. Some guitars are using nylon strings and for that lubricating the strings may not be so important because nylon strings are already corrosion resistant. For guitars with steel strings, some lubricating process is needed to keep them away from getting corroded, sticky, and dirty. If it is hard for you to determine what it is made of, check the product packaging. If you don’t have it anymore, consider what kind of guitar you have and what music genre it is made to play.
Put some lubricant onto the cloth.
Make sure the cloth you’re using is clean. If the cloth becomes too dirty, use the other side or replace it with the new one. It is good not to choose lubricants with petroleum base for they have penetrating properties which may damage the guitar over time. Never apply the lubricant directly to the strings. If you do, you will get excess grease on the fretboard which makes the job harder.
Run it across the strings.
Run the cloth from the bridge and saddle area to the guitar nut. Let the pressure of your fingers out when doing this. The result should be noticeably shinier and smooth to touch.