Guitar Care, Maintenance, & DIY Articles

Tired of having to take your guitar to the shop for every little thing, then being without it for days or weeks while they work on it? Learn what easy DIY-procedures you can do yourself, as well as what you can’t (or probably shouldn’t). Some things are best left to a pro repair tech or luthier, and I’ll let you know what those are along the way.

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

Warning: You May be Loving Your Guitar to Death

Last Updated: July 15, 2018 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 […]

Reader Question: Should I Loosen my Guitar Strings?

Should I loosen my guitar strings when I’m not playing it?

Mihail Asks: I play my guitar almost every day. Do I need to keep the strings loose or is it alright to keep the guitar tuned up? The Short Answer: Keep your guitar tuned up to pitch, especially if you play it regularly. There’s really no reason to detune a guitar that you play regularly […]

Should I Drill my Classical Guitar for a Guitar Strap?

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. Learn more. Kathleen Asks: “Do people drill into Classical guitars? I have a Classical guitar and would like to have strap buttons installed for a guitar strap.” Hi […]

Action! A Beginner's Guide to Understanding String Height

Action! A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Guitar String Height

Last Updated: September 9, 2018 “Action” … a weird word used to describe how high (how far above the wooden fretboard) your guitar strings are. Some people just say “string height” or “guitar string height” as well, which is a bit more specific. Also, you’ll sometimes hear guitar players throwing the term “action” around loosely–to describe […]