Guitar Care & Maintenance Articles

Tired of having to take your guitar to the shop for every little thing, then waiting weeks for it to return? Learn what you can do yourself, and when you actually should take it to a pro.

Things You Should Never Expect From a Guitar

Things You Should Never Expect From a Guitar

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2017 I’ve seen just about everything over the years: Guitars that have never been cleaned. Guitars that have had the same (usually rusty) strings on them since they were first purchased. Guitars damaged because their owner took them hiking or camping with no more protection than a gig bag. Guitars abandoned […]

Buying Guitars Online - Setting Realistic Expectations

Buying Guitars Online – Setting Realistic Expectations

One thing that really burns me up is seeing negative reviews left for guitars ordered online–for things that aren’t actually problems or, in some cases, are completely normal. When putting together my recent post on really great beginner electric guitars, I read a lot of negative guitar reviews on Amazon that were totally unfounded. That’s […]

9 Guitar Care Myths... Explained

9 Guitar Care Myths… Explained

When you spend as much time talking to guitarists as I do, you hear it all–myths, misconceptions, misinformation, and outright legend. This is especially true when it comes to guitar care and maintenance. However, there are some that I hear over and over, and that’s what prompted me to write this blog post. Here, I’ve […]

Guitar Cases: The Ultimate Guide

Guitar Cases: The Ultimate Guide

Last Updated: Sept 9, 2017 I still see it every now and then… A guitar being toted around without a guitar case–completely naked and open to the elements. The owner is usually gripping it by the neck or has it tucked under their arm like a school book. The guitar is just one wrong-turn away […]

When a guitar string won't intonate

Why That ONE Guitar String Just Won’t Intonate

This post contains affiliate links, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: June 25, 2017 “I’ve moved my saddle is as far forward/backward as it can possibly go, but the stupid string will not intonate!” If this is […]

Sharp Frets Suck

Reader Question: My Guitar Has Sharp Fret Ends. Should I File Them?

This post contains affiliate links, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you. Bob Asks: “My electric guitar’s fretboard is very dry, so the fret-ends have started protruding and feel sharp. What should I do? Should I buy a fret file […]

9 More Mistakes Made by New Guitar Owners

9 More Common Mistakes Made by New Guitar Owners

This post contains affiliate links, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you. Awhile back, I wrote an article titled 11 Common Mistakes Made by New Guitar Owners. Wouldn’t ya know it, as soon as I published that article a bunch of other […]

Should you loosen guitar strings before shipping?

Reader Question: Should You Loosen Guitar Strings Before Shipping?

Markus asks: I just sold a guitar and need to ship it. Should I loosen the strings before I pack it up for shipping? Ever so often, this question comes to me–usually from someone who just sold a guitar online, and is about to pack ‘er up for shipping. There’s a lot of debate out there about […]

8 Mistakes Guitar Players Make That Cause String Buzz

8 Mistakes Guitar Players Make That Cause String Buzz

Last Updated: June 1, 2017 “Why are my guitar strings buzzing?” It’s one of the most common questions I’m asked by concerned guitar owners. People’s reaction to guitar string buzz varies widely. Some people flat-out don’t care or don’t notice. Others find it maddening–to the point that they can’t focus on just playing their guitar and […]

Is lemon oil safe for guitar fretboards?

The Great Lemon Oil Debate. Is Lemon Oil Safe for Guitar Fretboards?

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2017 Search Google with a phrase like “is lemon oil safe for guitars” and then click on any of the search results that lead to a guitar discussion forum. Prepare yourself for some fireworks. The discussion usually looks something like this… Guitarist 1: “Hey guys. I’ve heard from some people that […]

Guitar Care Warning: You May be Loving Your Guitar to Death

Warning: You May be Loving Your Guitar to Death

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2017 Hey, we love our guitars, right? We want to take care of them so they continue to give us a lifetime of joy and self-expression. However, when it comes to guitar care and our efforts to pamper our axes, it’s possible to overdo it–using too much stuff too often, or […]