#1
Hey UG community. I just started playing guitar 2 months ago and was fortunate enough to have my grandfathers guitar handed down to me. My mother tells me it was hand made by a guy in Calgary Alberta. This thing hasnt been played in over 30 years. Just tuned it, and i think it sounds pretty good(same strings). It also came with about 15 "new" packs of strings(do strings age?).

Label that fell out of the inside while cleaning it
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The body is pretty rough. It has an alligator look to it which i think is the finish that has dried. I started this thread for this reason. I want to know what i can do to preserve it for hopefully a very long time.

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I heard some kind of oil is recommended for the neck? There are slight grooves on the frets but it is not a major concern for me.

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I did do several searches but didnt find many specific details as to what i could do. If you guys have any advice as to what i could do to help this guitar along i would appreciate it.

Thanks in advance
#2
really cool guitar

the best would it be to go to the guitar shop and ask what do they have in stock
there are several wood protecting kits whit oils .
If it's possible try to find someone who restores old instruments because a guitar like this
is priceless and can last true generations

good luck whit restoring it

strings do age but a closed pack should be fine . The only 2 things that can happen
are that strings can rust or lose their sound , they start to sound dull , can easily be
heard because you start to hear only bass no sound

good luck and fun playing
Last edited by Ic3 at Jul 2, 2010,
#3
first off, i'd get a hygrometer and make sure that from here on out the guitar is kept at a humidity between 40 and 55% and never at a temperature you wouldn't be comfortable in.

i'd definitely recommend before doing ANYTHING to the guitar that you let a qualified luthier take a look at it. that's a LOT of finish crazing on the top, which means the wood and glue will be more vulnerable to oils and polishes, so having a professional check it out and give you recommendations would be a good idea.