Care & Cleaning Tips - Guitar

Care and Cleaning Guidelines for WST Guitars/Ukuleles:

  1. Storage:
    • Store your WST guitar in a suitable case or gig bag when not in use to protect it from dust, humidity, and temperature fluctuations.
    • Avoid exposing your guitar to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight, as it can damage the wood and finish.

  2. Cleaning:
    • Use a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe down the guitar's body, neck, and fretboard after each playing session to remove oils, sweat, and debris.
    • For tougher grime or fingerprints, lightly dampen the cloth with water or use a guitar-specific cleaning solution. Avoid excessive moisture, especially on the wood.

  3. Strings:
    • Regularly clean your guitar's strings with a dry cloth to remove built-up dirt and oils. This helps to prolong their lifespan and maintain a clear tone.
    • Consider changing the strings periodically, as they can lose their brightness and become dull over time. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for string replacement.

  4. Fretboard:
    • Check the fretboard for any accumulated dirt or grime. Use a soft, clean cloth or a specialized fretboard cleaner to gently wipe the fretboard and remove any debris.
    • If your guitar has an unfinished fretboard (e.g., rosewood), you can occasionally apply a small amount of lemon oil to condition and moisturize the wood. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and use sparingly.

  5. Hardware and Electronics:
    • Inspect the hardware, such as tuners, bridge, and strap buttons, for any loose screws or components. Tighten them gently if needed, but be careful not to overtighten.
    • If your WST guitar has electronics, clean the control knobs and switch contacts with a contact cleaner specifically designed for guitar electronics. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.

  6. Adjustments and Maintenance:
    • Regularly check the guitar's neck relief, action, and intonation. If you're unsure or uncomfortable making adjustments yourself, it's recommended to have a professional guitar technician perform these tasks.
    • Keep the guitar's tuning stable by regularly tuning it with a high-quality tuner. Avoid excessive tension on the strings when tuning.

  7. Handling and Usage:
    • Use a guitar strap to provide support and prevent accidental drops or falls while playing.
    • Avoid placing the guitar on surfaces where it may be knocked over or exposed to potential hazards.
    • When changing strings, be mindful of the tension to prevent damage to the guitar's neck or body.

Remember, proper care and maintenance contribute to the longevity and playability of your WST guitar. If you have specific questions or concerns about your instrument, consult the manufacturer's guidelines or seek advice from a qualified guitar technician.