How To Care For Your String Instrument

By following a basic program of care and light maintenance, you can expect to get many years ofuse from your stringed instrument.

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How To Care For Your String Instrument

By following a basic program of care and light maintenance, you can expect to get many years ofuse from your stringed instrument. Here are some tips in caring for your instrument.
  • Storage: Always store and use the instrument at a comfortable room temperature. Never let the instru-ment get too hot or cold.
  • Rosin Dust: Use a soft cloth to gently remove all rosin dust from the instrument. If rosin is left on theinstrument, over time it will stick permanently to the varnish.
  • The Bow: Avoid handling the bow hair directly with your fingers. Natural oil from your handscan transfer to the hair and shorten its life.
  • Repairs: Always refer any repair needs (no matter how minor they may seem) to a qualified string instrument repair technician or luthier. Never attempt a home repair as it could cause even more damage.
  • Strings: Strings should be replaced regularly (at least twice per year) to assure the best toneand response. Do not wait until strings break to install new strings. Save your old set of strings to use in an emergency. Note: It is always a good idea to take your instrument to an experienced string repairtechnician or luthier at least once per year just to have it checked out and adjusted. You will get the most enjoyment (and best sound) out of your instrument if it is keptin top condition. If you have any questions or need more specific advice on care andmaintenance, ask your teacher or local instrument dealer.

    How To String A Guitar

  • Tuning Key - The Locking Hold The locking hold - The most secure method of wrapping around the tuning peg is to bring the extra string back around and under the string as it winds around the peg. This is especially critical on strings that have no windings (plain steel or classical nylon treble strings).
  • Steel String Acoustic Bridge On steel string acoustic guitars, make sure the ball end of the string is firmly seated under the bridge by pushing down on the bridge pin while pulling up on the string.
  • Classical / Nylon Bridge At the bridge, it is essential to create a locking loop to ensure against slippage. It is common to loop the plain nylon treble strings under two times and the wound strings at least once. This will ensure that as tension is applied to the string it securely locks in place.
  • Proper String Stretching Use thumb and forefingers to gently stretch each string across its entire length. Tune the string to pitch and repeat the stretching procedure two or three times on each string. This will help stabilize your nylon strings more quickly. Care must be taken not to stretch the strings too aggressively. In general nylon strings need more stretching time before they "settle-in." Note: It is common for classical plain nylon treble strings (1st, 2nd, & 3rd) to last longer than the wound bass strings (4th, 5th & 6th). Most professional classical guitarists will go through two to three sets of wound bass strings for every set of plain nylon treble strings. Tips and articles courtesy of D'Addario and Planet Waves.
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      marshall409
      lithium_boy: lmao is not punctuation. full stops and commas are. this 'shit' is useful, especially if you want to keep your instrument in a half decent condition. anyway, very nice article good job. i do all of my string reperations myself, and i've never had any problems
      mattbellamy_god
      seokorn wrote: whats the bow?
      It's a general article on all string instruments. 'Bow' as in violin and similar instruments.
      bubblerapp77
      I completely agree with all of this, except the changing your strings 2 times a year, if you play your guitar or bass regularly i would change them about every month, just to get the best sound out of them you can, and definitely save strings, its nice to have an extra pair in case of unexpected accidents.
      Skrying
      ...Strings should be replaced regularly (at least twice per year) to assure...
      i replace my strings 1-2 times a month- 2 months
      ClaimYourVictim
      Repairs: Always refer any repair needs (no matter how minor they may seem) to a qualified string instrument repair technician or luthier. Never attempt a home repair as it could cause even more damage.
      I do all my repairs myself. Only someone stupid that doesn't know what they are doing, will F it up. THink before you say things jerk.
      lithium_boy
      lmao i'll keep this shit in mind but i'll never use it most likely.lmao u ppl look into this shit 2 much lmao but thats just what i think dont listen 2 me man it'll **** uup in life lmao
      zadzior
      My friend tuned his guitar once he bought it and glued the tuners to the headstock. I almost killed him. Great, professional article. (Nice Pictures )
      Dobzilla
      Nice, I always used to just do a lot of bends and solos when I was stretching my strings. Should be helpful.
      SurfKID11
      I would shoot for string changes more like every two months if ur anal about ur string tone but still a very good article
      LotiBecke
      great work mate. tho, i replace my strings whenever i feel like a change in my style. part from that, it was rockin
      Pro21
      That just what i do to my guitar and it is really great to know i did it right!!!!
      Aftertime
      great tips! thanks alot. the most devastating thing to see is another guitar in terrible condition!