Taking Care Of Your Guitar. Part 2

author: UG Team date: 09/29/2006 category: for beginners
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Table of Contents:

1. Taking care of high end guitars. 2. Songs to try.

Taking Care Of High End Guitars

More expensive guitars -- such as those typically priced at $700 or more -- often require special care. If you have such a guitar, you need to take special care of your instrument to ensure that it does not get damaged, and that it's value is secured. The steps needed to take care of your guitar can be found below. 1. Visit a guitar tech. Guitar techs are individuals who specialize in maintaining and fixing guitars. Think of them like mechanics, but for guitars instead. It is wise to find a good guitar tech. Often, the place where you purchased your guitar will have a guitar tech in house, or will be able to refer you to a professional guitar tech. If you have a high end guitar, you should take your guitar in for a standard maintenance service -- known as a "set up" -- every six months. The price of such a service can vary substantially, but a typical set up will most likely be priced at about $60. 2. Use a humidifier. For high end acoustic guitars, a device known as a humidifier is often needed to preserve the quality of the sensitive wood. Below are instructions regarding how a humidifer is used, as a well as a sample video clip. Insert 8 - 10 milliliters of distilled water (such as bottled water) into your humidifer. This can most easily be done with the syringe that is typically packaged with the humidifier when you purchase it. Watch the video clip for an example.
The humidifer will have ridges on both sides. Identify these ridges, and insert the humidifer in between the 3rd and 4th guitar strings. Click here to view an example. Once the humidifier is securely in place, you can return the guitar to its case.

Songs To Try

While taking care of your guitar is something we firmly believe is a wise idea, there have been a number of great guitarists who not only have disregarded the importance of guitar maintenance but have actually gone about intentionally damaging their guitars. While we discourage imitating their behavior, we do encourage learning their material. All Apologies. [sound clip, video clip] Kurt Cobain penned this Nirvana classic that appeared on the In Utero album, their last studio album released before Cobain's untimely death. Kurt and company may not shown much care for treating their guitars delicately, but the soft melody and organized rhythm of this song show that they very much had a knack for creating refined music. Below is an excerpt of the song, as well as the corresponding tablature. And a video demonstrating how to play the main riff!
E|----------------------|----------------------|----------------------|
B|----------------------|----------------------|----------------------|
G|----------------------|----------------------|----------------------|
D|----------------------|-----------14-14-11-12|----------------------|
A|--11-12-11-14-14-11-12|--11-12-11------------|--11-12-11-14-14-11-12|
E|-0--------------------|-0--------------------|0---------------------|

E|------------------------|
B|------------------------|
G|------------13-13-11----|
D|---------------------14-|
A|---11-12-11-------------|
E|-0----------------------|
Pinball Wizard. [sound clip, video clip] The Who's Pete Townsend was one of the pioneers of guitar showmanship. Part of his act included uninhibited destruction of his guitar. Pinball Wizard is one of the Who's most timeless songs, surviving well beyond the band's demise. Below is tablature and an audio clip for the introductory portion of the song.
|-2---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|
|-3---------------|-3---------------|-2---------------|
|-4---------------|-4---------------|-4---------------|
|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|
|-2---------------|-2---------------|-0---------------|
|-3---------------|-2---------------|-0---------------|
|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

|-----------------|---------------------|-------------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---|
|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---|
|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-|
|-----------------|---------------------|-------------------|
|-----------------|-2-------------------|-2-----------------|

||-----------------------|-----------------------||
||-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-||
||-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-||
||-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-||
||-----------------------|-----------------------||
||-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-||

||-----------------------|-----------------------||
||-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-||
||-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-||
||-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-||
||-----------------------|-----------------------||
||-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-||
Manic Depression. [sound clip] Considered by many to be the most innovative and revolutionary guitarist of all time, Jimi Hendrix was also the innovator of stylishly destroying guitars. He didn't just smash into pieces; he burned it, making it more of a ritual than a destruction. Manic Depression is a dark and dreary song lyrically, although its main guitar riff has an upbeat, waltz-like feel to it. Below is a clip from the song as well as its corresponding tablature.
E|--------------------|
B|--------------------|
G|--------------------|
D|--------------------|
A|--5-----6-----7-----|
E|--------------------|

E|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
B|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
G|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
D|--5-----6-----7---7-|--------7--5--7--5--|--------7--5--7--5--|
A|--------------------|--0-----------------|--0-----------------|
E|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|

E|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
B|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
G|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
D|--------7--5--7--5--|--------7--5--7--5--|--------------------|
A|--0-----------------|--0-----------------|--0-----4-----7-----|
E|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|

E|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
B|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
G|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
D|--------------------|--------------------|--------7--5--7--5--|
A|--------2-----5--3--|--5-----6-----7-----|--0-----------------|
E|--3-----------------|--------------------|--------------------|

E|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
B|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
G|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
D|--------7--5--7--5--|--------7--5--7--5--|--------7--5--7--5--|
A|--0-----------------|--0-----------------|--0-----------------|
E|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
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