Storing your guitar in its case when it is not in use is highly recommended. It might be tempting to display it on a stand or on a wall; however, if there is not a designated room humidifier, keeping it in its case is best. This keeps the guitar accurately humidified and the case naturally safeguards the guitar from accidental dings and scratches.
Changing your guitar strings at the right intervals is another important aspect of caring for the instrument. The ‘right interval’ is different for everybody and largely depends on how regularly the guitar is used. Essentially, the more often the instrument is used, the more regularly the strings will require changing. This is vital because, over time, strings accumulate dead skin cells, oil and dirt. If they are not changed at appropriate intervals, the gunk will transfer to the fretboard
It is also important to you wipe down the guitar after every use. You could keep a soft rag in the case to rid the finish of smudges and rid the strings of finger oils. This process is quick and should be done in the process of putting away your guitar. This will go a long way when you are ready to properly clean it.
Cleaning the Fretboard
You can set aside approximately 1 hour for the process of deep cleaning your guitar. The first thing you should do is take off all of your strings. While some individuals have expressed concern about this straining the guitar neck, the majority of guitar manufacturers are in agreement that taking off all the strings at the same time will not damage your guitar.
Once the strings are taken off, the part of your guitar that requires the most attention will become quite clear — the fretboard. The fretboard of the guitar is typically made from a beautiful, unfinished wood. It is not difficult to clean; however, there are a few tips to make it safer and faster.
Some 0000 super-fine steel wool and natural guitar conditioner make it easy to eliminate the buildup of gunk on your fretboard. It is vital that only super-fine steel wool is used because anything else could scratch and cause damage to your fretboard.
Natural guitar conditioner assists in hydrating the natural wood to prevent cracking. Once the cleaning process is completed, be sure to wipe away or vacuum any remaining particles from the steel wool.