Keeping your Guitar Sounding Clean

Keeping your Guitar Sounding Clean
May 9, 2016 LearnMusic.Guide

Strings are the heart and soul of every string instrument: their vibrations, their thickness, their quality, your tender (or not so tender) daily caress with your hands. They are working overtime for your acoustic pleasure.

Without proper maintenance they can wear down pretty easily and their once crispy sound can quickly change into a dull, heavy tone.

How often do you play your guitar? Do you ‘hammer’ those strings or are you casually hitting a few notes every now and then?

Guitar strings can last from one day to one month depending on the way and the frequency you use them. As you play, natural oils and dead skill cells from your fingers settle on the strings and fretboard. Add the dust and dirt in the environment and it’s not difficult to imagine the stress they put on those poor little fellows.

There are ways to tell if you need to change your strings, but there is a simple thing you can do now to prolong their life, retain their sound, and reinforce their strength.

Wipe your darling clean every time you stop playing.

It’s that simple. Show your strings some love by giving them their own exclusive daily spa session. The only tool you need is a clean, SUPER soft microfiber cloth. You don’t want to scratch the surface of your guitar and microfiber is the best material for gentle cleaning. If you don’t have a microfiber cloth, you can also use a soft cotton T-Shirt or any similar kind of fabric.

I am sure you want to keep that new-string crispy sound for as long as possible, don’t you?

  • LJ Moran

    I had heard people say that boiling your strings (not nylon obviously) in a pan of water brightened up their sounds but yes, the above advice makes sense. I never considered the effect my grubby mitts would have on my strings after each play. I assume this actually prolongs the life of the strings too?