Well, hopefully you’re going to love it to the extreme (we KNOW you will if you got it from us).
But, what happens to a guitar after you take it home? While the instrument hung on the wall at the music store, it remained in a relatively static state, safe in a nicely humidified room, protected from pretty much everything (unless you bought it from a place that also sells diapers – that’s another story). But all that is about to change!
A change in season brings changes in humidity levels; the swelling of wood can, and most likely will, cause the fingerboard to bow one direction or another. And then there’s string tension: “I think I’ll experiment with lighter strings this time”. Or perhaps you’ve discovered alternate tuning?
Add all of these things together and you’ve got a good reason to think about guitar maintenance.
It’s no different than taking your vehicle in for an oil change – you want it to run efficiently.
Generally speaking, a guitar will be in need of a setup once a year or somewhere between 12-18 months. Since WE KNOW this, it is our policy at The Guitar World to HONOR a FREE setup with the purchase of a new guitar. And, hopefully, most music stores will offer the same service that we do.
Now, go play some guitar.
Thanks for reading.