Here at MayosMusic, in addition to offering great guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo and autoharp lessons, plus complete luthier services that include guitar, string instrument and amplifier repair/restorations, we are also a great resource service. Below is an important list of things not to do to help keep your gear in top shape.
- Don't play your guitars with hand lotion on your skin. The
chemicals in them will ruin the finish over time if you have a lacquer
finished guitar. Lotions can prevent proper repairs on many
can corrode the metal parts.
- Don't use any polishes or waxes on your guitar that have any
silicates in them. They might polish the finish well, but
silicates will prevent proper gluing of repairs, and definitely prevent
finish touch-ups down the road.
- Don't use lemon oil on your guitar, as it will corrode the metal on
your hardware and frets, affecting gold and nickel fastest.
are better oils like Fiddle-Bright oil and Martin brand oil, and
Don't use epoxy to repair any part of your guitar. There are
more appropriate glues and adhesives to use, such as Hyde Glue, quality
wood glues, Cyanoacrylate glues in various thicknesses, Contact cement,
and such depending on the repair or modification. Epoxy is
thick and gets in the way of the two parts being repaired preventing
proper fitment. It is not a suitable filler, and on more delicate parts
it causes irreparable damage if further re-fitment is necessary.
- Never use Armor-all on your instruments or cases. Armor-all
all other competing brands of treatments contain Silicates, and even on
your case you will inevitably spread it unknowingly to your instrument
and cause future problems. Always read labels, or look them
online with the manufacturers.
- Never leave any of your gear unattended. It is all too easy
slip up or get caught up chatting with fans or friends or fellow
musicians at a gig, in a hotel/motel, at a rehearsal, or any
transportation stops. Also, don't leave anything unattended
your car. Thieves are all too willing and cops have better
to do than look for your gear.
Lean Against An Amp
- Don't lean against your amps, or lean anything against an
Tall stacks can topple over and no one wants their cherished guitar to
fall over and get damaged or worse yet snap the head-stock right
off. And it's easier than you might think…
Never put stickers on your gear as they are difficult to get
off and usually a time-capsule of trends. Worst of all, the
adhesive from the stickers will etch and discolor the
Same goes for the factory protective film on pick-guards and plastic
parts on instruments. The cling film if left on too long can
the plastic leaving it textured and dirty looking.
Plugs On Amps
- Never… I repeat NEVER remove the ground plug on any power cord of any
piece of equipment. Always get a 3-to-2 prong adapter from a
hardware store or electronics store, or look online if you need to plug
in your equipment to a two prong outlet or extension cord.
ground is there for a safety reason and should be used whenever
- Never transport your instruments without at least a quality gig-bag,
or better yet a quality hard-shell case. It's not worth the
damage that could all too easily be done.
Leaving Gear In A
- Never leave any gear in an unattended car, and especially don't leave
any instruments in a hot car. The heat in a closed car in the
summer sun can reach very high temperatures causing finishes to
bubble or crack, wood/plastic warpage, and worst of all can contribute
to breakage of parts like the
headstock. Always cover items so they are not in direct
sunlight, and on long trips, detune your stringed instruments and try
and transports tube amps and instruments on seats or folded up blankets
or something padded.
- Do not over tighten any parts on your instruments or gear.
use small screws and bolts and can easily become stripped or worse,
broken and snapped off inside the body. Broken screw
is possible, but the finish will almost always show evidence of the
put any drinks be it alcohol, sodas, or even just water on top of your
amps, cases, or instruments. The chemicals can cause finish damage, and
anything dripping/spilling into an amp can quickly cause catastrophic
failures, even personal harm. It's never worth the risk.
- Don't use contact cleaners on amps or guitars that is not safe for
plastics, and always spot check as a test first. You don't
to go melting parts inside you amp or pedals, or the finish on your
instruments. Always check the labels.
- Never use synthetic materials on the instruments finishes.
use 100% cotton, silk, super soft linen or hemp. Anything
synthetic will put micro scratches or worse, highly visible scratches
in your instruments finish. If using paper towels, try and
use the softest kind you can find. It's worth spending a
more for better quality and safety.
Dairy and Sodas
don't drink or eat any dairy or drink any sodas right before a
recording session or a live gig. Between phlegm and burping
distracting and disrespectful at least and can ruin your pitch and
range at worst.