vendredi 8 avril 2016

Searching For The Right Guitar Repair

By Nancy Sanders

Many guitarists will at some point need to have a repair done to their instrument. There are many things that can go wrong with both acoustic and electric models and there are a few things to consider before having any work done. There are a couple of options available to you when looking for guitar repair and also a few things you can do to keep your guitar in good condition.

The first place to visit if you need an instrument attending to is one of the music stores in your neighborhood. Most shops will offer a repair and maintenance service and will be happy to carry out any repairs you may need. They will also perform yearly checkups on your instruments and this can help to keep them in good order.

There are now also many online repair services available to guitarists and in some cases this option can be more convenient. When you speak with them they will ask you what the problems are and get your instrument collected and taken to them. They will then decide what work needs to be done and contact you with a price for the job. If your guitar has to be taken by a courier it should be fully insured in case it gets lost or damaged in transit.

The cost of any repairs will depend on what kind of problem needs fixing. Small things such as replacing tuners and bridges will be fairly inexpensive and will not take too long. If the problem is a more serious one such as a neck that needs refinishing or a cracked top then this will be more costly and time consuming.

To prevent serious faults developing there are a couple of simple things you can do yourself to maintain your instrument. Always keep a guitar in a case when you are not using it and this will prevent it suffering any knocks. After playing any guitars you should wipe them down with a lint free cloth to remove any moisture that may have come from your hands.

Electric guitars will need a certain amount of care throughout their life and it is important to look after them properly. Necks, frets and bodies should be kept clean a free from chips in the wood. Volume pots, tremolo systems and wiring should be checked regularly for wear and tear. Strings should also be changed even if they are not worn and this will help with the neck tension and keep it straight.

Acoustic instruments also need a little maintenance and much of this can be done by you in your home. Wood should be kept free from dust and debris and the tuners kept well lubricated with specialist oil. If you play regularly and keep the guitar out of its case it should always be kept on a stand and not left leaning against a surface as this can warp the neck and cause major damage.

When storing a guitar away for long periods there are a couple of things to be done beforehand. Always clean the instrument before putting it away for storage and keep it out of direct sunlight. Another tip is to use a sachet of silica gel in the case to absorb any moisture that may be present.

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