Maintaining the Axe

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  1. BenGray

    BenGray SS.org Regular

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    Hello everyone!

    I just put down the payment for a new RG8.
    My previous guitar was a GRG170DX that I purchased about 8 years ago with everything still stock. (Learnt to play everything from Nirvana to periphery to jazz on that)
    However, I never took care of it. I used to dust it with a cloth every now and then but never actually sat down to properly maintain it. I seldom played live, and mostly used it to practice.

    Now with my new RG8, I do not want to repeat the same mistake, I want to maintain it.

    I'd appreciate any tips on how to keep the guitar clean, How often should it be cleaned and how to prevent problems like rusting etc.


    Cheers!
     
  2. Leviathus

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    Get a toothbrush + microfiber cloth, then try not to spill drinks on it.
     
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    Maintenance for me with include the following:
    - Change strings atleast every 6 months
    - apply fretboard conditioner atleast every 6 months.
    - Take out the tremolo and clean it, maybe including taking it appart to ensure that no rust is present (only for guitars with trems), atleast once every 1 or 2 years.

    As I understand things, the strings are the first thing that starts to rust. The rust from the strings then get passed on to the frets, bridge and pickups in som cases. So by changing the strings 'often' you prevent this.
    Depending on the climate, guitar parts also start to rust by sitting in the case, so not storing your guitar in a case, but having it in a stand will also make it rust less.

    For fretboard conditioner I use: http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/fretboard-65-ultimate-lemon-oil which removes dirt on the fretboard and also makes sure the wood does not dry out. It doesn't cost very much and one bottle last for ages.
     
  4. BenGray

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    Yea, even my pickups are rusted. The city I live in is very humid so rust is often a problem.

    Thanks for the tips!
     
  5. Petar Bogdanov

    Petar Bogdanov SS.org Regular

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    After each playing session, wipe down the strings and neck with a microfibre rag. It slows corrosion, prevents nearly all gunk accumulation, and your hand won't stick to the back of the neck anymore.

    If your RG8 is gloss black, strongly consider waxing the body. It will look a bit... waxy? But it prevents all those micro scratches, swirls and reduces fingerprints. The usual things that make black guitars look bad.
     
  6. Emperor Guillotine

    Emperor Guillotine The Almighty Ruler

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    Music Nomad makes the hands-down best products for guitar maintenance. Get yourself the following:
    - one of their Nomad Tools
    - a bottle of F-One oil (which is far safer and far more effective at cleaning fretboard than lemon oil)
    - a bottle of their guitar wax
    - a bottle of their guitar polish
    - one of their String Fuel applicators
    I know it seems like a lot, but Music Nomad makes some quality stuff that goes a long way, and you'll be set for a long time.

    Remember to always wipe down your strings and your guitar's hardware (bridge, knobs, pickups) with a microfiber cloth after you play. If you're like me, you'll sometimes wipe them down before you play too.

    Wash your hands before and after you play. It will help with the longevity of your strings.

    Keep an eye on your frets since you don't have stainless steel frets. You'll occasionally have to polish your frets by taping them off with painters tape then brushing the fretwire with 0000 steel wool and an optional product like Music Nomad's fret polish.

    Change your strings regularly. Usually about once every 2-3 months depending on how long your strings last. (Cheaper strings tend to not last as long depending on brand, coating, etc.) Do not neglect this. Using Music Nomad's String Fuel periodically will help combat rust and retain a bit of life in your strings while keeping the strings lubricated.

    Overall, just take good care of your instrument. Treat it well.
     
  7. Rachmaninoff

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    I do this before and after.

    I also use FastFret when the strings start feeling too "dry", it helps a lot.
     

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