Caring For Your Guitar

CLEANING YOUR GUITAR
Keep a soft clean cloth in your case at all times (old clean cotton T-shirt works well). After each playing session, wipe down the neck and strings to remove oils and sweat common from handling. On an occasional basis, you may need to clean the overall guitar. For cleaning of the body and neck, it is best to use a slightly dampened clean cloth followed by buffing off with SOFT DRY CLEAN COTTON CLOTH. It is NOT recommended to use polishes or oils, the finish is sealed with many coats of lacquer and these may be detrimental, not helpful. Over time, the guitar will be exposed to general handling bumps, nicks
and scratches, this is normal, regardless of going to seemingly great lengths to avoid it, they are inevitable. This should not change the instruments ability or sound.

When changing strings, the FINGER BOARD (not sealed) can be refreshed with “0000” steel wool or equivalent and a small amount of Naphtha or  turpentine can be used to remove excessive grime (do not saturate wood). After hand buffing, this can be followed by a very light application of fingerboard or mineral oil, buffed out with soft cloth. (Not recommended on regular basis, only when notable build up occurs.) Then install the new strings. Use caution around the high gloss finish to avoid unnecessary scratching.

LIGHT / NEW MED GAUGE STRINGS RECOMMENDED
This guitar is a precision crafted musical instrument. It is design to carry the load and tension of light to medium gauge acoustic guitar strings. It is shipped typically with “D’Addario” or “John Pearse” Phosphor Bronze strings, .012”–.053” light or .013”-.055” new medium strings.

KEEP THE GUITAR IN A PROPER CASE WHEN NOT IN USE
The Guitar Case provides significant protection for the guitar. The case acts as a “shock absorber” for changing temperature and humidity, and protection from potential physical damage or accidents. It is common for damage to occur when leaving a guitar on a bed or couch, or leaning against a wall. Instrument should either be in your hands playing it, or in the case. NOTE: Keep the instrument and case away from direct heat sources. Use of a soft “gig bag” may cause damage through the bag not covered by warranty, please use a hard shell case. Your guitar was provided with a good quality hard shell case that should provide man years of protection

PROTECT YOUR GUITAR FROM EXCESSIVE DRYNESS
As soon as the heat comes on in your home, the air starts to dry out. A dry environment for your instrument causes the wood to shrink, which in turn can cause cracking of the back, sides or top, loose braces or neck damage. The design of the guitar does provide a reasonable ability to respond to changing humidity, but long term dryness or excessive moisture can cause irreparable damage. If you cannot humidify the air in your home, then consider proper use of a GUITAR HUMIDIFIER used in the case, these are sold by most reputable music stores, but must be used per the Mfg specific instructions. SIGNS OF DRYING OUT include, frets extending past edge of neck, low string action / buzzing (action dropping), shrunken glue seams and wood cracks, all evidence of excessive dryness. Reasonable humidity levels are between 35-60%.  NOTE: The Guitar Shop where instrument was built is climate controlled, with Relative Humidity maintained between 38-46%.  NOTE: Of the two undesired conditions, DRYNESS has greatest potential for permanent damage due to wood and finish cracking.

PROTECT YOUR GUITAR FROM TEMPERATURE SHOCK AND EXCESSIVE HEAT
Allowing your guitar to reach near or freezing temperature, and then exposing it to a sudden extreme heat will result in cracks to your instrument finish and wood. EXAMPLE: If guitar is left in a vehicle overnight during cold winter months, and then brought into a heated room and removed from the case
immediately. Much worse extremes are also possible, that WILL immediately crack your instrument. In this example, allow the guitar to remain in the closed case, away from any direct heat source, and allowed to slowly warm to room temperature (typically about an hour or so). Similar to that discussed above, extreme high temperatures will also damage instruments. As long as the
guitar is in the case and is in a well-ventilated area, the guitar can withstand temperatures up to ~ 100F, however, much above that, the glue will begin to release. Leaving a guitar in a closed automobile or in a windowed alcove in the direct rays of the sun, can raise the temperature to this level and far beyond,
causing serious damage VERY QUICKLY. Treat your instrument with respect.

NOTE: The very best thing for a guitar is regular playing. Over time, the guitar wood will continue to age with enhanced tonal quality, from playing and time.