How to Protect Your Investment
When it comes to keeping your new guitar protected sometimes you just can’t win forever; I mean you have anything from the weather getting to it and completely ruining that beautifully sculpted wood, to Billie Joe getting hold of it and someone reminding him it’s time to go, not a pretty sight either way. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least try to protect it from disaster. Here are five great tips for giving your new baby the best chance for a good long life.
- Store It Somewhere Safe. First things first, the absolute best way to make sure that your guitar will stay intact for a long time, is to keep it in a place where nothing can get to it, especially animals that could potentially knock it over (this includes small children). So just lock it up and put it on the top shelf in the back of your closet.. Or at least get a good guitar display stand so it’s secure if you plan on showing it off. We recommend the On Stage XCG4 Black Tripod Guitar Stand for standing on the floor. Or the Guitar Hanger Hook Holder Wall Mount Displayif you would prefer to hang it from the wall.
- Get A Good Case. If you plan on doing any traveling with your guitar, then a good case can be the difference between your brand new Fender Stratocaster being in mint condition and it having a nice big crack in the neck when it gets tossed on the tour bus. Even taking it over to a buddy’s for a quick jam session could be costly without a hard case. Our recommendation here is the ChromaCast CC-EHC Guitar Hard Case. It is not an expensive case and it will protect your investment wonderfully.
- Strap It Up. Even if you sit when you play, having a strong strap is that extra precaution that can save your guitar from a damaging encounter with the ground. The Protec Guitar Strap with Leather Ends and Pick Pocket will protect it from falls, comes in several different colors, and has a place for your pick.
- Clean and Restring. As you play, your strings will get old and dirty, eventually you are going to have to restring your guitar but you can make the life of your strings last a bit longer simply by wiping them down after you play with a rag or paper towel. Keeping your strings clean is what will really protect them, but when it is time to restring, we have some recommendations based on the type of guitar you own:
- For acoustic guitars go with D’Addario EJ16-3D Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings.
- If it’s an electric axe you’re rocking, try Elixir Strings 12-String Electric Guitar Strings w NANOWEB Coating.
- For all of you bass players out there, Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Bass Set are as good as they get.
- And, of course, we can’t forget our classical players: D’Addario EJ45 Pro-Arte Nylon Classical Guitar Strings will keep you making beautiful music.
- Get A Kit. If you plan on using your new guitar at all, maintaining it will be important, having a good kit with all the tools and cleaning materials will definitely come in handy when it comes to keeping your guitar looking new for as long as possible and will make it easier to protect it from the damage that comes with neglect. Elagon Guitar sells multiple kits with all the tools you need to keep your guitar in great shape!
These of course, are very basic tips. What do you think? Have you found anything else that needs to be done? Have you used any of our recommended products before? What was your experience? Please feel free to comment! We’d love to learn from you!