How to care for your guitar

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How to care for your guitar

Proper care of your Hagstrom instrument is basically a matter of common sense. It requires very little time and energy to keep your guitar in proper condition, and your efforts will pay off in the years to come.

Fingerboard and Strings

After each playing, wipe the fingerboard and strings clean with a soft, lint-free cloth. This will help remove the dirt and perspiration acids that can build up in between the strings windings and shorten the life span of the string (with coated strings as well). This will also reduce the chances of the build-up of grime and dirt that can fasten itself onto the fretboard of your Hagstrom instrument. As your Hagstrom Resinator fretboard consists of a special 50/50 (Wood/Composite) material, we recommend to oil in your fretboard at least once per year using Paraffin oil (which can be purchased at most hardware stores for a very reasonable cost). The best time to oil the fretboard is when you are changing strings on your instrument.
After removing the strings, simply use a clean dry cloth and apply the Paraffin oil to the cloth. You only require about a tablespoon of oil to address the entire fretboard. Gently rub in the fretboard around the first fret area of the fretboard and work your way through each fret all the way to the top of the fretboard. Allow to sit for approximately 1 min, then wipe dry with a clean dry cloth. After the oiling application, your guitar can be strung with new strings.

Plating of hardware

Perspiration acid from your fingers and hands can also dull the beauty of the metal plating of the hardware on your instrument. While you are wiping the fingerboard and strings, it is advised to also wipe off the hardware at the same time using a clean cloth.

Care of Gloss Finishes

The high-quality polyester clear coat finish of your instrument can be cleaned as necessary using a number of different guitar care finish products on the market. The Polyester that we use is very durable and will provide you with years of high gloss shine.

Care of Satin Finishes

As Satin finishes can tend to become glossy over time (mainly due to people cleaning their instrument in the same manner as a gloss finish), it is important to clean and treat Satin finishes differently than Gloss finished instruments. There are a number of common household sponges available on the market (commonly available at hardware stores) such as “Magic Eraser Stain Remover pads” that are perfect to clean your Hagstrom guitar that has a Satin finish. Simply by wiping these pads over the satin finish will clean any dirt and debris from your instrument, but will also bring back the guitars original look just at the time that it was shipped from our factory line.

Tuning Machines

The tuning machines on your guitar require no maintenance, as each tuners worm gear and thread are sealed at the back of the tuner. Tuner button tension can be adjusted using a small Philips screwdriver if buttons feel loose over time. Only apply slight 1/16 turn movements (with extreme sensitivity and caution) so return to a firm tuning ease and smoothness of each tuner. Again, use extreme caution as to not damage the Hagstrom button. If you are unsure of this method, always consult a professional guitar technician for such adjustments.

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