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The time would always come when our guitar would need to take some time off and be away from the limelight. Time will come that we have to store them for long periods of time. Sometimes, it’s because we got a new one but this particular guitar has a great sentimental value, other times, new priorities just come knocking on our door and we can’t have much time to play the guitar as often as before.
If you’re reading this article, your guitar must be of great importance to you. Some could simply not care on what’s going to happen, and simply store it without thought in some place. However, researching about it would mean that you want to keep it at a good state.
Here’s some good news before we get to the tips: Most guitars are made to last.
Yes. They are tough, mostly. It isn’t uncommon to see 20-25 year old guitars out there. Some are frequently used, some had been stored in a storage area for some time, but still, they lasted for years; even more than a decade.
Optimal conditions: Regulating moisture
Moisture, aside from encouraging microorganisms like molds to get to your guitar, could also make your guitar’s material a bit softer and more susceptible to stress.
Water is a universal solvent, and could penetrate the guitar’s wooden parts, making it either weaker or as said, prone to being exposed to and inhabited by molds.
These are not only disgusting for some, it can significantly shorten the guitar’s life. A humidity level between 45-55% would be best. Putting silica gel in the guitar and a humidifier in the storage area would be good too.
Optimal conditions: Regulating temperature
Extreme temperature and any changes in this aspect would not be good for the guitar too. Heat makes molecules expand and cold makes them contract.
Never expose your guitar to 2 things:
- Extreme temperatures
- Constantly changing temperature: Keep it at room temperature, preferably between 18 to 24 degrees Celsius.
- Some people use hooks by the wall, this is good, as it holds the guitar in place and allows it to be placed in a safe and secluded place, preferably away from being hit by people or out of reach for kids.
- There are also guitar stands, but each would depend on the guitar’s shape and type. It’s good for displays, but ensure that it is firm and secured for your guitar. Otherwise, its instability may cause the guitar to fall and break.
- Guitar cases provide a good combination of being portable, practical, and secured storage for guitars, especially hard cases. However, unlike specialized instrument cabinets, they are not specifically designed to provide uniform humidity inside.
Lastly, it would always be best to check on it from time to time and see if the strings, body, and mechanisms work perfectly fine.
Some like to de-string their guitars before storage, but that’s not always the best way. It would heighten the likelihood of losing interest in playing and checking on your guitar, which is important.
Keeping your guitar at its best condition would involve having it kept in mind and checked regularly.