Here you will find all the information about the maintenance and care of a steel guitar.
A steel guitar is a musical instrument that consists for the most part of mechanical parts that should be lubricated regularly. The lubrication is necessary to ensure that the mechanical parts can move freely and take their intended positions. Regular care of the mechanical parts also has a positive effect on the service life of the steel guitar. The mechanical parts should be lubricated after 6 months at the latest. to be oiled. If you play more than 4 - 5 times a week and more than 3 hours per session then the care intervals are shortened. First of all do not use WD40 for lubrication. I do recommend the use of sawingmachine oder motoroil W30 or other oil that is not made of a graphite basis.
The mechanical parts should be lubricated after 6 months at the latest. If you play more than 4 - 5 times a week and more than 3 hours per session then the care intervals are shortened.
As a care product for the mechanical parts, I recommend sewing machine, adhesive and engine oil (W30). Do not use WD40 or other graphite-based products under any circumstances.
Oil the following parts regularly. A few drops are enough!
The care of the strings is relatively easy. You will find that the life span of a string can be significantly extended by regular care if the strings are simply wiped off after playing or in breaks. As a result, the proportion of sweat remaining on the strings is greatly reduced.
After some time, depending on how often you play on your instrument and how sweaty that is for you, a guitar string dies. The strings are then difficult to keep in tune and sound pretty tinny. For these symptoms, you should change the string(s).
The chrome or aluminum parts of a steel guitar are polluted by the regular use and look ugly. To preserve the value and beauty of your steel guitar, you should clean and polish it regularly. For polishing the chrome or aluminum parts, I recommend the funds available in the hardware store or automobile accessories. When choosing the cleaning agent, I recommend trying it first on a not visible or poorly visible place of the steel guitar. In no case use a cleaner in a spray bottle as usually the spray bottle of the cleaner is also there where you do not want to have it.
For Steelguitars with FORMICA- or LACQUER FINISH under no circumstances should cleaners be used which scrubs. I recommend furniture care products.