If you’re thinking about getting a guitar or you already have one, it’s important that you have a place to keep it so that it preserves its form.
Lior Rachmany, CEO, owner and founder of Dumbo Moving and Storage owns three guitars and gives us a few recommendations for proper guitar storage.
Rain or Shine
First off, Rachmany says that you should avoid extreme changes in environments, like temperature or humidity, if at all possible.
“These kinds of radical shifts can damage your guitars. Generally speaking, if a human is comfortable, a guitar is comfortable,” says Rachmany.
“Years of direct light can cause finishes to fade. If you plan on keeping a guitar for many years, make sure you place it in a case when you aren’t using it and do your best to keep it out of direct sunlight,” recommends Rachmany.
Choosing a Guitar Case
Rachmany also says to use hard cases and not the nylon classical guitar cases to keep your guitars in shape.
He provides additional tips:
– Keep the guitars in an upright position if possible.
– If you are planning to keep the guitar in a storage room make sure to loosen the strings
– Don’t forget to dust the guitar before storing!
Guitar Types and Their Storage
“When it comes to acoustic and classic guitars – make sure the strings are loose…When it comes to semi hollow electric guitars – make sure that there is no pressure on the neck and body of the guitar. Also, avoid rust and make sure that the hard case is sealed,” shares Rachmany.
Rachmany says that regardless of how often you use your guitar, you need to make sure to always store it in a hard case after playing.
Of course, Rachmany reminds us that it’s highly recommended to try to play on the guitar daily – so storing a guitar for a long period of time is not a good idea.
“When the guitar is continuously exposed to extreme heat or cold, the tension on the neck and body from the strings will increase and decrease since metal expands and contracts with temperature changes much more than wood. The bridge, top, body and neck are already under considerable controlled tension from the strings; wide swings in temperature over time will weaken everything in the wood and the glue. These conditions can cause the headstock to snap, or the neck to block. Also, if the glue is affected by the extreme weather, the neck–which is glued into the body, could loosen which changes the angle of the neck and makes the guitar unplayable,” says Rachmany.
Rachmany tells us to remember to clean your guitar, especially the beck and fretboard, before storing it and shares some last words of wisdom:
“Guitars are not meant to be stored – keep rocking on!”