Keeping Your Guitar In Best Condition

Will this instrument last forever? Will it be worth the $2,000 you've paid for it? How do I take care of it. All the answers are here.

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Will this instrument last forever? Will it be worth the $2,000 you've paid for it? How do I take care of it. All the answers are here. It's not always true to get what you pay for, some more affordable instruments will sometimes last longer than some expensive/luxery guitars. The handmade group usually stays in shape the shortest time, especially acoustics. Handmade acoustics ten to fall apart or lose their sound in a short period of abusing and playing. Here are 5 rules to keep your guitar in good condition: 01. Before you buy your guitar, play it first and make sure you like the sound and be sure to ask an assistant how long this particular instrument has been in the store. 02. When guitar is not in use, always keep it on a guitar stand. 03. Apply Finish protection or guitar polish atleast every month to keep finish in best condition. 04. Replace the strings when the rust to prevent to stings from scratching the fingerboard. Also, it will keep your fingers from being cut and bleeding everywere. 05. If you frequently play powerchords, or have really terrible picking skills like me, install a pickguard to prevent the gloss from being scratched. About me - Out of my 3/4 years I've been playing i've always cared for my guitars as bestest friends. I'm only 12 but I play at concerts and solos. I like playing fast and speedy harmonics like the one in Papa Roach - Last Resort. While that keeps me ocupied I am still working on Stairway To Heaven (while it still seems a bit difficult). I usually practice 2-4 hours a day and hope top play in a band some day and play a PRS as one of my lifetime dreams. Right now I own an Ibanez RG320DX, a Yamaha Pacifica112c, a J. Reynold's Handmade Jr. Acoustic, an Ibanez 10-watt guitar combo, and a B-52 Stealth series All Tube Pro Amp. I'm always eager to meet new gutarists, so I joined Ultimate Guitar. They have a great site. Have Fun and Take Care, - Jeff

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    Brockley87
    yeah dude, but he's only 12, he could be good someday, and besides that, he practices a lot, and his parents obviously love him (at 12, having all that stuff)... He's on his way, good job Jeff, keep playin
    flowerpower89
    ahaha i like how everyon'e so mean and i tihnk he means he can't play the solo caseu tha'ts pretty much the only hard part.. and whoever said that stairway is a sh!tsong is a moron fukhead
    herrly
    the worst damage on my bass guitar is a few scratches and considerin its from 1983, its in pretty damn good condition
    herrly
    good article man, keep up the good, it sounds like u know what yer doing and it also sounds like yer very passionate about yer guitar. i have a 1983 squier precision bass japanese vintage and the previous owner knew how to take care of the guitar and so do i. im hoping my bass lasts for many more decades.stairway is a great song one of led zeppelins greatest songs, i wanna learn the bass for it but you cant really hear it. anyways stay dedicated like you are right now and one day you'll make it big. i started when i was 13 and i practice around 2 hours a day.
    metalneck
    I have an old bc rich, Its a goddamn tank. I have dropped it, punched it, Its been wet, The damn thing is still bad ass and its from 1988!
    Ze_Gibson
    ehhh..... whoops. i kinda have a huge chunk out of my guitar lol... *dropping, banging around, occasional throwing...*
    orcutt989
    Troy Simple: I used to be able to play the beginning of stairway but didnt learn the rest when i realized that No ONE CARES if i can play stairway or if i cant. It doesnt matter. I don't get paid any money just because I can play Stairway. I am glad I didn't learn all of Stairway for I would have butchered the song. And even if i could play it perfectly who outside of my dad is really gonna give a crap. [POSTED: 08 April 2004 - 08:35]|
    Exactly, same here. Nobody cares if you can play Stairway to heaven, or Blackbird. It is always hilarious to go into a guitar store like Guitar Center and always see 12 year olds playing Stairway to heaven trying to impress people. Its just funny how everyone thinks they should learn those songs.
    chinko
    indeed he will, most of us will if we would get off our asses and do something!
    masterb0b0
    your only 12?!!! that talkshit.... who are you? that kid on the movie "school of hard rock"! do you still go to school? maybe not at all it that kind of dedication.... just keep on going!! you'll be a rock star!!
    chinko
    BassBeats098: im 10th i am a bassist i em ze goodest
    um no i am gd luk with the playin lil dude, i should take care of my bass more, but its a piece of shit!
    harvestersorrow
    dude don't put him down, keep working man! But you should listen to other stuff other than Papa Roch
    jimjam3
    that's not new..... but he's 12...man....he's good 4 a kid...lol.. kepp it up!!
    burndttoast
    That's a lot of guitars you have there. Anyhow, I just wipe my guitar with a soft cloth after I play. This works well too.
    andrestx182
    I think everybody who have something negative to say, should go easy with the kid, yeah he's 12 years old, so Fu#$%^g what?, the little dude it's taking care of his guitars and amps like we never do, and he also want to learn how to play stairway... (yeah, I do think it's an overrated song), but it's his choice, at least he is trying to learn something new for him. Keep the good work Jeff.
    zerowley
    Good article, I've been training myself to take better care of my guitar lately. Anyway, it's good that you have determination, because that can really help you later, even if it's not with guitar/music. Also, about the whole being 12 thing, I know a kid thgat is maybe 13 who totally kicks my ass on guitar, I mean I kind of look up/down to him. Keep up the good work, it's appreciated.
    power chordz
    im 14 and i practice over 7 hours a day and all i have is a crappy j reynolds that is a right-handed guitar switched upside down so i can play it (im a lefty)
    julian2k4
    stair way to heaven was like my second song dude.....TRY SOMTHING A LITTLE HARDER...no offense
    Snorglorf
    I been playing since 12... Stairway is way too easy, stupid, cliched, and satanic for me. Article wasn't anything special.. I knew everything, but could be helpful to completely braindead beginners.
    westo
    creepingdeth05 wrote: dont worry about stairway to heaven, it's an old song and no one cares anymore. OVER RATED
    hey man speek for yourself. its true everyone learns that song but maybe that's because it teaches you a lot of stuff in the process. if you want to hear over rated, look at those damn modern bands with no talent guitar players who can't do anything but damn power chords.
    guantan
    Funny how this was written over 2 years ago and there are still people ragging on the Stairway to Heaven part. Give him a break. I wish I was paying at 12. I didnt start till I was in my 20s and was bored one day and bought a Fender Acoustic guitar for kicks. Its been 11 years since I bought my first guitar. all i play are acoustics, I know very little of the electric side of the house. But I must agree with you on the PRS guitar. I recently saw Collective Soul's special on DirectTV and fell in love with the Paul Reed Smith Tremonti SE version Dean was playing. So I share the same dream as you because that PRS will be my first electric guitar. Got the looks of a Les Paul and a little cheaper. The version Dean played isnt exactly the same as what they advertise for sale. But if a pro is sporting the PRS, then they cant be all thad bad. Keep it up BibaLin and keep on rocking
    DashBlaster
    Hey Jeff I am quite amazed by your dedication to guitar. Some people at our ages(im 13) play 1 hour tops. For you (and me), we practise 2 hours a day. I would play guitar 2 hours, but its my violin lessons that sucks up my life. My parents make me take violin, but electric guitar isn't something your parents would make you play, so i am pretty sure that you wanted to play it willingly! Good luck for the future!
    Supadude
    nice little article!!! i bought a Epiphone SG Special (hothothot) just before christmas and im polishing it at least four times more than im playin on it!!!! my best tip is to put in your bag!! i didnt have one the first week and when some dust appeared on it i went crazy as hell!!
    aussieguitarman
    trainwreck79 wrote: good job man, keep goin. I dont see why a lot of people are saying he can't be 12 and is way too good and stuff. I know a lot of young guitarists out there. I've been playing since i was 14. A lot of them just learn so much and then stop playing. And his grammar is normal lol. I can play stairway pretty damn good. I play it like Page when he improvises it live. I like those versions. I've been playing for nearly a year and 1/2 and im doing great. I've recieved tons of compliments from other players who have been playing for years now. They can't believe how good i am for only playing 1 1/2 years. I'm not trying to brag i'm just saying you have to stay committed to the instrument and really listen to what you're playing. I'm a perfectionist and if what i'm playing doesn't sound like something i would want to listen to, i play it better. And also to you young players, get in a band, it makes you a hell of a lot better. That's all i can think of right now.
    its a nice article something that some people might need advice on I have seen some guitars in horrible condition you sound like your doing well at 12 just keep practicing and you will get very good one day. good luck with guitar, and have a good one mate.
    corotion
    wow damn he wants a prs thats a kik ass dream dude 1 day man 1 day it shall come true we only hope. good to c ur enthusiasm. dont listen to the guys that put u dont just tell them to a pick a finger between the index and the ring hhehehehehehehehe. i have a les paul epiphone and im 15 years old its my baby. my girlfriends dad has a prs veryy cool very cool indeed. tnx 4 da article
    trainwreck79
    good job man, keep goin. I dont see why a lot of people are saying he can't be 12 and is way too good and stuff. I know a lot of young guitarists out there. I've been playing since i was 14. A lot of them just learn so much and then stop playing. And his grammar is normal lol. I can play stairway pretty damn good. I play it like Page when he improvises it live. I like those versions. I've been playing for nearly a year and 1/2 and im doing great. I've recieved tons of compliments from other players who have been playing for years now. They can't believe how good i am for only playing 1 1/2 years. I'm not trying to brag i'm just saying you have to stay committed to the instrument and really listen to what you're playing. I'm a perfectionist and if what i'm playing doesn't sound like something i would want to listen to, i play it better. And also to you young players, get in a band, it makes you a hell of a lot better. That's all i can think of right now.
    ruberducky
    wow 12 i wish i could play stairway to heaven at age 12. heck i cant play it now i suck but a great bassest ROCK ON DUDE.
    Hong Siah
    hey...good job...wish i had started guitar when i was 12..which was 2 plus years ago...i've only been playing for 5 months...bet you are better than me jeff...
    GuitaPlaya
    i learned stairway to heaven in like 2 weeks and that was when i had only beean playing for like 7 months
    LeoKhenir
    Very nice article - don't bother the flaming. They're just jealous. I have some additions however: Guitar stands are nice. HOWEVER, if you're one of those (like me) who own a guitar that's not nice and simple at the bottom (think of strat) like almost ANY B.C. Rich (except their ESM, as it's strat-type), an Explorer, a "Dimebag" guitar (the hybrid between V and Explorer), a Flying V or other weird shapes, you simply can't put it on a normal stand. The solution, you ask? Simple. 2 options: - Get yourself a wall hanger (they cost like half of a floor stand, and the guitar is much less out of the way on the wall and if you have some nice custom graphics on it you don't need so many cheap posters on your wall) - Put it in your case or bag. (as said by countless) And dedication is no bad thing! I play the guitar for 5-6 hours every single day (not that I'm improving so much) and I'm loving it! Only thing I wish was that I've had an electronic drumkit so that I could practise my drums every day without disturbing other people. As long as you have no problem sitting down with your guitar for a long time every day, do it! Keep up! This article rocked, now I'm gonna go read your tubeamp article.
    acillatem
    Nice. My guitar has a black finish, thus every little thing shows up. I've already banged it against my bed and made a little scratch x.x I probably don't pamper my guitar as much as I should, but hey..I got this article if I wanna change my habits. Good Job Man.( It's cool that you're twelve and already doin' all that. I stared when I was thirteen and have been playin' for a year)
    StuartR
    Troy Simple: I used to be able to play the beginning of stairway but didnt learn the rest when i realized that No ONE CARES if i can play stairway or if i cant. It doesnt matter. I don't get paid any money just because I can play Stairway. I am glad I didn't learn all of Stairway for I would have butchered the song. And even if i could play it perfectly who outside of my dad is really gonna give a crap. [POSTED: 08 April 2004 - 08:35]|
    Exactly
    strangled
    wasteing 2000 on a twelve year old? hey i bet he practices a helloflot more then most of us and good article keep on playing maybe one of these days i be able to tell my kids that i sorta know that guitarist