Guitars – How to Properly Store Them
I always make it a top priority to take care of all my electric guitars. Call me weird, but I think of them as an extension of my body and soul. Since I love music and my favorite musical instrument happens to be the guitar, I would always go to great lengths just to keep them safe from harm. I guess because of that one fateful accident, I will forever remember to take care of my guitars and make sure that they are stored in the right place and form.
Around a year ago, I recently brought a really good electric guitar from a good friend of mine. I already have five guitars, but they’re different types though. This friend of mine visited my home after a few days of buying the said guitar. Now, I was careless back then and because I was rushing all over the place to accommodate my friend, I simply left the new guitar inside a cabinet without hanging it with its sling. When my friend arrived, he then asked if he can check out the guitar I brought for him. When I told him it was inside the cabinet, to his surprise, the guitar suddenly fell on top of him and the head f the guitar hit his nose. He was bleeding because of the sharp drop and I immediately helped him up.
That was a really bad day for me because not only did I have to pay for my friend’s hospital bill, but I ended up having a damaged guitar.
Anyway, because of that incident, I made sure that my guitars are kept in a place where sudden drops won’t happen once you open the cabinet. I made sure that the guitars are hanged by the sling and that the hook where I put the sling on is fastened properly. If you don’t have a guitar cabinet, then put some durable hooks on the back of your door and hang your guitar there using the sling.
One reason why I like hanging my guitar on a sling is because this prevents accidents that might damage your guitar. If you leave your guitar on the side, someone might careless step or kick the guitar. And believe me; that is something that you don’t want to see.
If your guitar doesn’t have its own bag or leather case, then you should definitely get one. Most new electric guitars are already sold with it; if this is not the case, don’t worry. You can check online for cheaper ones. Gig bags are a must if you’re going to carry your guitar around for band practice or a live performance. If you’re not using your guitar for a long time, always remember to open the case and do some maintenance for the guitar. Remember to clean and condition the fret board, replace the old guitar strings, and polish the body.