Guitar Maintenance! ;O




Introduction: Guitar Maintenance! ;O

Maintaining your guitar is the key to many years of playing the same one and actually being able to play it.

Things you'll need:

Guitar (I felt it necessary to say so)

Electric tuner / piano or keyboard

Strings (you better know I mean guitar strings)


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Step 1: String Maintainence

If you have a standard guitar you should have 6 (the number after 5) strings.

DO NOT tune higher than the standard note of the string. This may result in the string snapping and whacking your face and causing bleeding. :(

DO NOT pull the strings like a bow and launch arrows, you'll hurt yourself and shoot someone's eye out

To replace strings, connect to the bottom part (for the ppl who don't know its name), string thru hole on top of tuning knob aligning it in its slot in the piece at the to of the fretboard.

Spin the knob on the side of the headstock (where the tuners are) until tuned.

Strings are aligned as thickest on top to thinnest on the bottom.

Step 2: Tuning

Standard tuning:

from top to bottom (thickest to thinnest)- E A D G B E

Use your electric tuner / keyboard or piano to get he right pitch

You really only need to get the pitch of one string and then find the others in relation to it (see 2nd image).

Step 3: Neck

When you stand your guitar up straight or put it in a stand do not lean it on the top of the neck (lean as low on the neck as possible. Not doing this right can cause the neck to bend, making it impossible to play.

PS: a bent neck means you'll most likely have to buy a new guitar

Step 4: Conclusion

If you follow this Instructable you'll get a bunch of years out of your guitar and if your learnin about guitars than your ready to learn how to play.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Hey can anyone help me out here?


    8 years ago on Step 4

    Ferb : Talk Less , Rule World


    8 years ago on Introduction

    If you would like too clean your guitar, i have always found that Ernie Ball guitar polish is always useful. When replacing strings, always be sure that when you have played for a while, then too clean the strings and the fretboard to keep the tone and beautiful sound of your guitar as original as possible. P.S.- beautiful foot by the way!


    10 years ago on Step 3

    You would have to adjust the truss rod. The neck will slightly bend eventually because of changing seasons, humidity, temperature, string tension blah blah blah.

    For proper guitar maintanence you should clean the guitar before you put strings on it. I use a mixture of vinager and lemon juice as a cleaner/polish for the body, a scrub made by adding baking soda for the fretboard and metal parts and then follow it up with a lemon oil to condition the fretboard.