#1
How frequently do you guys clean your guitars? I usually wipe it down from top to bottom till there are no swirl marks on the finish. Is this good, or just being overly paranoid? Its a very irritating thing to spend more time cleaning than playing
#2
I usually give it a decent clean when I change strings.
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#5
I always wipe my guitar with a cloth after I'm done playing for the day. When I change my strings, which is once per 2-3 months, I usually use fretboard cleaner and body finish cleaner.

On every 3rd time (2-3 times a year) I also use oil on my fretboard. I should maybe start using the oil a little much frequently since I now have a Gibson with a more demanding rosewood fretboard.
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#6
I might when I change strings, which is every 2-3 months. I'll wipe down the neck once in awhile so it doesn't feel cruddy. It's a guitar, not a surgical instrument


EDIT: Back in the high school band days (when I played C Tuba and Bb cornet) nobody really "cleaned" their instrument. And brass/woodwind instruments are wayyyyyy nastier than anything you play with just your hands. I mean there's no practical reason to excessively clean something that's going to get just as 'dirty' after a few minutes of use.
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#8
I clean mine when I change the strings, about once a week (to me the sound of fresh strings is worth the $5 a week, screw waiting months). Though it varies from a quick wipe down to all out cleaning, depending on if I'm in a hurry or not.
#9
i clean the strings every other time i play and apply tone ease spray or ghs fast fret. I also wipe down the fretboard every other time or every time depending on how bad the finger cheese is. the guitar gets a wipe if the finger prints are bad but definitely gets a wipe every time i change strings.
#10
I clean my guitar when I change strings which is twice a month. I wipe everything down, polish frets and check the setup if Im changing gauges which is fairly often cause I switch what styles I want to play pretty often. I set my gear up so it can chance genres as often as I do. I might wipe off fingerprints before a show but thats it.
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#11
whenever you change your strings is plenty of cleaning, it really doesnt matter how often you clean it though, as long as your not using oil on the fretboard all the time you'll be fine, using lemon oil or fretboard cleaner can be bad for the guitar in the long run because it will dry out the fretboard. But a little bit every once in a while is fine. So clean it whenever it looks dirty i guess.
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#13
i never do really. maybe once a year. i do nothing on a regular basis. change strings 4-6 months, at that time oil the board, dress/polish the frets, and string her back up.

i would change more often but i have 11 guitars that i need to keep up and strung and cleaned.

my compulsiveness is however is when i get a new (to me) uesd guitar that i plan on keeping and not flipping. i take all of the strings off, oil the board, dress/polish frets, pull all plastics up knobs off, buff with 3M fine cut rubbing compound (the same stuff you can use to polish your car, but this stuff is like $15 for maybe 6oz) to get it off of, steel wool the hardware if there are signs of pitting, and restring with 11's or 12's, do a set up and good to go, got all evidence of the past owner off and it feels like mine. up until i do that it doesn't feel like mine.
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#14
Every time I change strings or a part on my guitar I completely disassemble it and completely clean the neck, body, and hardware as well as polishing the frets. When I am done unless there is a lot of dents or paint missing you cant tell the guitar didnt just arrive from a factory.
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#16
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I clean mine when I change the strings, about once a week (to me the sound of fresh strings is worth the $5 a week, screw waiting months). Though it varies from a quick wipe down to all out cleaning, depending on if I'm in a hurry or not.


you change them every week! you must be the only one haha
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i should have stated not on nitro. that gets the dirt and the grime off and leaves a perfect finish. its really a minor touch. hasn't hurt any of the twenty so guitars that i have done it to. as long as you are carefull about it and know the guitar, you aren't going to wreck anything.
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