Guitars are an unmatched instrument. Famous musician and lead guitarist of the band Queen Brian May once said, "The guitar has a kind of grit and excitement possessed by nothing else."
Guitars are also sensitive instruments. Making sure they’re stored correctly is integral to keeping them in good working condition. We’ve put together four important tips to consider when storing your guitar collections. Following these tips is the best way to preserve your guitar’s look, sound, and music for good.
If you’re storing them long-term, consider temperature-controlled storage
A guitar’s shape and material integrity are integral to the sounds they make. You have to avoid leaving your guitar in any environments that could warp its neck or body.
The best way to keep your guitars safe long-term is by storing them in a climate-controlled storage unit. We can keep them stored at a consistent and monitored humidity and temperature levels. You’ll know they’re safe and preserved, even when you’re not using them.
Invest in a high quality case.
A high-quality guitar case seals well, has solid neck support, and has just enough room for your guitar to fit snugly. The point of a good case isn't just to protect your guitars from scratches, though that is important. They also protect your guitar from sunlight, which can fade its colors, and dust, which can dull its finish.
Keep strings from add unnecessary tension to the neck.
Guitars are made up of a number of sensitive parts. Guitar strings are especially sensitive. You don't necessarily need to de-string your guitar before putting it in storage, but you should loosen the strings.
Loosening the strings reduces unnecessary tension on the guitars neck and reduces its chance of bending or cracking. If you’re not sure how much to loosen the strings, take your collection to a shop before storing them.
Don’t forget about them.
Guitars are meant to be played. Check on them every once in a while after you put them in storage. Make sure moisture or tension haven’t damaged them. Checking your guitars will allow you catch small potential problems before they become big ones.
If you’re looking for the best place to store your beloved guitar collection, look no further than Storage Direct. We love music, we love storage, and we love keeping your prized collections safe.