#1
Thanks guys for all your responses.

So now I'm exploring how guitar maitainence can bring you closer to your guitar.
Things like changing the strings and setting the intonation etc.
If you could brainstorm things you do to look after your guitar and how this potentially makes you more attached to the instrument, that would be great!
Polishing, soaking the fretboar anything like that!

Also I'm about to make a poll, and post a thread about guitar versatility.
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#2
Shove the headstock up my ass obviously.

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#3
Caring for the guitar does not make me closer to it. I ****ing hate changing strings and polishing it, which is why my main guitar is a matte finish and the strings are like 4 months old
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#4
Clean out any and all gunk on your fretboard, dab one side of a rag in a few drops of olive oil and rub it on the fretboard. Use the clean side of the rag to rub it off. Old pirate luthier told me this trick - been following his word and have seen good results.

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Shove the headstock up my ass obviously.

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#6
Don't know about maintenance, but I like to carve in phrases and stuff with a knife on my guitars. Makes them more personal. On the other hand one of my favorite guitars don't have anything like that because it was so expensive (at least for my economy) that I just don't dare touch it. But my accoustics all look pretty dope and their all full of stuff, my favorite being a broken second hand nylon that had been repaired and went for 12 euro in Berlin, which me and my friends carried with us everywhere on our inter-rail trip. It has every city we visited on our trip on the back (kinda like those tour band t-shirts), the Finnish flag on the headstock and all our names, plus a lot of random quotes and stick men
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#7
i've built 3 strats now, i totally feel you on getting closer to the guitar by working with it. here are my suggestions:

-truss rod adjustments...you gotta put time in to that and you have to be gentle.
-assembling your own wiring/adding electronics mods. makes you really listen to what's coming out of the amp
-building my own guitars has taught me so much about the technical aspects of the instrument, hands-on learning is key!

good luck, sounds like a sweet topic
#9
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Caring for the guitar does not make me closer to it. I ****ing hate changing strings and polishing it, which is why my main guitar is a matte finish and the strings are like 4 months old


Yes, this.

Playing my guitar makes me like it. Seeing the headstock and parts of the bridge all covered in crap and dust and knowing i have to clean it and having to change strings makes me frickin hate it. I think i had my last lot of strings on for over a year and only changed them in the end cos they sounded completely shit. Sustain was literally zero.
#10
I feel a sense of accomplishment when cleaned up and done maintenance on my guitars.

It looks better, it sounds brighter, i usually have to put aside an entire afternoon once every month or 2 (3 electrics, 2 with floyd rose bridges and an acoustic) to change everything up, but its a labour of love i think. plus its cool to figure out the inner working of the instrument, if i didn't live in a one bedroom apartment in a terrible part of Toronto, i'd probably learn to do more maintenance stuff including changing pots and swapping pick-ups as DIY projects

when i move to the burbs and get a garage it's likely what i'll do. I find i appreciate them more when i clean them up a bit
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#11
I like it to look purtty, so I do all I can to maintain its beauty.
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#12
I don't clean my guitar.
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#13
I don't do ANYTHING to my guitars sept change strings when absolutely necessary and truss rod tweak when changing said strings if needed. Otherwise it gets beat and worn to shit for authentic vintage look
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#14
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But my accoustics all look pretty dope and their all full of stuff, my favorite being a broken second hand nylon that had been repaired and went for 12 euro in Berlin

#15
I love working on guitars, changing strings, polishing them, etc. It's very relaxing
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#16
I hate changing my strings, ever since one snapped in my eye I get all on-edge.

I do however, like cleaning it. That's a relaxing experience.