Most guitarists want to take care of their guitars, but must learn guitar repair and maintain, so they can be played for years. One of the major ways any guitarist can take care of his guitar is to clean it regularly. The only problem is many guitarists don’t know how to clean their guitars.
I know what you are thinking. Big deal, cleaning my guitar won’t help it last longer. That is just wrong. Cleaning your guitar will not only help it last longer; it will also prevent future guitar repairs. Okay, enough about the warnings. Let’s get started cleaning. There are tons of different cleaning products out there for guitars and most of them are pretty good.
How to clean your guitar body
Most guitars have glossy guitar setup. This is good because in most cases glossy finish is easier to clean than flat finish. There are two main kinds of cleaning products: sprays and pastes or gels. Personally, I only use spray products on my guitars. I think these products do a good job removing the dirt and fingerprints while providing a smooth shine. My favorite spray cleaner is Dunlop Formula 65 Polish Cleaner. I usually just spray a few squirts around the guitar body.
- On electric guitars, make sure not to spray your pickups, as any kind of liquid can cause corrosion on the pole pieces. Then take a soft rag, usually I use an old t-shirt, and swirl in the cleaner. Once the dirt is removed from the guitar surface, I grab a clean cloth and buff the finish to a high shine.
- If your guitar has cracks in the body or any exposed wood, just make sure not to use any kind of cleaning product on the exposed wood. This can make the wood swell and ruin the finish. This is an example of another unneeded trip to the guitar repair shop.
How to clean your guitar fretboard
Most guitars with the exception of some Fenders and Gretsches have unfinished fretboards. The most common unfinished fretboards are usually made out of ebony and rosewood. Unfinished fretboards are easy to clean and look beautiful. It is important to clean your fretboard and moisturize it every time you change your strings.
Fretboards can dry out and crack
You don’t want to take your guitar to the guitar repair shop because of something that could have been prevented. Here’s how I like to clean my fretboards.
There are a number of special fretboard cleaning products out there, but I like to use Murphy’s Oil Soap the best. Oil soap not only helps clean your fretboard, it also helps condition and moisturizes it. The oil soap will prevent your fretboard from drying out and cracking. It will also give your fretboard a new clean shine.
Lastly, Let’s first talk about the first thing you’re liable to run into – crackling, cackling, and popping whenever you plug in the cord to your amp and turn the amp on, followed by buzzing and no sound. Come to guitar repair school class one… saving money on cheap, easy repairs and also how to become a music producer.