Guitar Cleaning Myths AnsweredMay 04, 2020
everyone today we are going to debunk some rumors or
guitarmaintenance. These are all from questions I received in order to meet your team at gmail.com. You can click the link below if you want to send me the question and the first one was can you clean your
guitarwith water? and the answer is yes yes you can the trick is you want to make sure you use a clean cloth clean water and when you pour it on the cloth you want to wring the cloth out until it's just barely damp and you can use it to clean the body of the guitar if you have a finish and you can use it to clean a finished or unfinished fingerboard again slightly damp to the point where it's just enough moisture to maybe move some dust or dirt now keep in mind there are two things: one after using a damp cloth you need to be sure to use a dry cloth to dry anywhere there is moisture and unfortunately water is not very efficient at removing oils and the grime that gets into oils although it works in a pinch it's not going to be your best bet, can you use vinegar to clean your guitar? yes as long as it's distilled vinegar that's very important it should be distilled vinegar it won't harm a guitar's finish if it's finished over every time you're working on unexposed acoustic guitars where the woods are unexposed and unfinished , you don't want any moisture to come around, don't use a lot and use it sparingly and I would also wipe it off once you're done, can you use olive oil?
In fact this is a question I got many times and the answer is absolutely no you can't in the first place I wouldn't use it because it's going to rot actually it's going to go bad over time it's not good. it also gets sticky and messy it's just not very good and i wouldn't use it anywhere on the instrument can you use Windex ok which falls into a whole category Windex 409 pine salt and the answer is no don't use any of those cleaners? or cleaners because they usually contain abrasives or chemicals that can react badly with some guitar finishes, but more importantly, only the abrasives in them will harm guitar finishes, so I would stay away from Pine Sol 409 when i cover almost all those all purpose cleaners to stay away from them.
Does guitar polish go bad and this is a yes/no question and what I mean is it can go wrong but keep in mind that guitar polish is basically made up of water, alcohol, fragrance and sometimes silicone and it depends on what type of polish it is but more importantly those things don't mar but they can't be separated from each other so if you ever open your polish and see floating pieces on it or what looks like that it is spoiling, you just need to shake it or mix it better. sometimes you can just mix it or stir it or shake it what I'll tell you is this if you're doing that and you've stirred and shaken the polish and it still looks a little weird separated I would go ahead and throw it away it's not a good sign but I don't should go wrong it will separate, although silicone is bad for your guitar finish especially your lacquered guitar finish and the answer is no in fact it is sometimes used to apply those finishes or already on those finishes, so it won't hurt much at all.
Many times the repairman will tell you that it is bad because it can cause problems when they refinish your guitar. It causes what is called fisheye, but there is a product called fisheye flux. This additive can be added to refinish and will fix that problem. so even though it's a small issue I don't think you need to worry too much about it even if you think your guitar will need a restoration job one day the main thing to focus on is making sure you don't get a build up and that happens like kind of a wax buildup and the way you stay away from that is very simple: use a cloth, a clean cloth, and what you want to do is apply the polish to the cloth, either by spraying or rubbing on there, make sure of putting just enough down to where it feels like the cloth is wet so that it has enough friction to grab the dirt and material and then just wipe the finish off like that and then what I recommend when you're polishing the guitar is to use whatever call it ten to one, in other words you want to clean your guitar at least 10 times for every time you polish the guitar, so what does that mean?
Well it means when you're done playing guitar at a gig and you're sweating all over the guitar take a dry unfinished cloth either cotton flannel or microfiber and dry and clean the finished guitar think of it like dishes when dirty when you just have the addition you put in the sink cool has all the stuff but washes off easily with water and just a little abrasion when it dries hard in your pantry think of your guitar like this when you're playing when you stop that's when take a dry cloth and wipe whatever you do wn you'll get most of the dirty oils and guitar stuff from finishing off the neck strings and polishing it's just something you'll do as a maintenance thing in fact if does it well very rarely has to polish your guitar too much lemon oil will ruin your fretboard ok the first part we are not talking about actual lemon oil we are talking about fretboard conditioners there are a Some here, this is lizard saliva, it has orange oil, and many times. when they're talking about orange oil or lemon oil they're talking about a scent like specifically lemon oil they're talking about a scent added to the conditioner and there's actually no lemons sometimes with orange oil like what's in this lizard spit, it has real orange oil in it and it used to be like the abrasive to get the dirt off the conditioning so a fingerboard conditioner is kind of removing the gunk from the fingerboard and then kind of moisturizing the d fingerboard so the question is will they damage a fingerboard especially if you wear too well the first answer is an important one which is Martin guitars recommend that you don't use lemon oil on your guitars so you definitely want to check each guitar maker for their specifications of what they think you should and shouldn't use it for that particular guitar, that being said I think when used sparingly and in the right way it doesn't harm anything so what what i mean you shouldn't condition a fingerboard like a rosewood or ebony fingerboard more than twice a year and you shouldn't use it on maple at all you can use lighter fluid or wd-40 to clean a guitar and the answer, believe it or no, it is yes for both guitarists and guitar luthiers. all over the world they use lighter fluid to clean fingerboards, it's a very common practice, so you can use lighter fluid to clean your fingerboard and also wd-40.
I wouldn't put it on your fingerboard, but I can tell you what I use. because i have been using wd-40 for r years to get all the decal residue off the decals. I found it to be very very easy to do and I use it to remove the same thing like you have the plastic when you remove the plastic from the pickguard and the clear plastic and sometimes it leaves a residue I used to be 40 again the way I do it is pretty simple now again you'll notice a theme here which is I'll always tell you to do it this way this is Dox it but I needed to illustrate for w4t.
I would do it by spraying just a little on a cloth and this is how I apply it on the guitar. the chemical is in the guitar and where wd-40 works perfectly you can use it to clean the guitar some people asked you can use w4t to lubricate or clean the electronics it can be done I don't recommend it definitely recommend if you do . you're a guitar player to buy a can of dioxide i've been using dioxide for years it's very expensive If it's something you feel is too expensive for you you can go to auto shops and get electronics cleaner.
It works just as well. It's a fraction of the price. I've used it for many years as well, but there's something about the Ox I trust so I'll always recommend the Ox, what do I use to clean the strings? There are three ways to clean a guitar string. First, you are using isopropanol string cleaners. this you put on a clean cloth and you clean the strings you can also use isopropyl alcohol works just as well and never had a problem that and you can boil your strings that's exactly what you have to put them in boiling water and you'll clean them too.
Some musicians boil their strings before putting them on the guitar. I'm not a big fan of it, but of course I don't have a problem with it. It does the same thing as string cleaners. there now t Now comes a question, why would you clean your strings well? There are a couple of reasons believe it or not because your strings have oil and grime and dirt on them they muffle the acoustic sound which is why some musicians like shiny strings some strippers like shiny strings dead but believe it or not many musicians clean their strings because they don't like the smell their fingers get when they play the guitar i know this sounds crazy but its true if you play the guitar and you feel your hands smell like garlic believe it .
Whether or not it's actually more common than you think, many musicians complain that their hands smell like garlic after playing guitar strings and if you have a garlic smell on your hands because of the strings , wash your hands and rub your hands on anything. stainless steel like a stainless steel sink or counter or even a spoon or civilian items and then wash your hands one more time and that should ease the smell and it's one of those things right now a lot One of you is like you never heard talk about such a thing and some of you are going to think that's what it is and of course some of you have actually had the problem so I thought I'd share that one. out there for sure and as always I want to thank all of the returning viewers for coming back and watching the channel and as always I want to thank you for your time and of course remind you that you know your team.
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