How to care for and maintain your .strandberg* instrument

In this article, we will guide you through the process of maintaining and caring for your .strandberg* guitar or bass. By following these steps, you can help ensure your instrument plays and looks great as long as possible.

We will cover the following aspects of guitar maintenance:

How to store your .strandberg* safely

Safe storage

To keep your guitar or bass safe when it’s not being played, it is generally advised to store it in its gig bag. If you want to keep it on a stand or on a wall hanger, it’s critical to make sure that the room’s climate is closely monitored, as changes in temperature and humidity can cause issues with the setup or even result in warped and cracked wood.

Climate control

Although having a protective finish, the wood in our guitars and basses is still subject to changes in both temperature and humidity. Dramatic leaps in humidity or temperature can result in sharp fret edges, cracks or warped parts. Besides from making sure that your instrument is not left in the heat or cold for too long, investing in a humidification system (or de-humidification system if your climate is very humid) is the best thing you can do to keep your instrument healthy and in great playing condition.
The general rule of thumb is to keep the relative humidity at a constant 40% - 50%.

How to clean and maintain your .strandberg*

Daily cleaning and maintenance

Most of our instruments are provided with a satin finish, and the oil in your skin will eventually polish the matte sheen to a gloss where the finish comes in contact with your skin. Therefore, it is highly advised to stick to a general routine of always washing your hands before playing, and to do a quick wipe down of the instrument with a microfiber cloth when you're finished. This will also prevent any build up of dirt and dust, simplifying the process when it’s time to do a more thorough maintenance and cleaning.

How to clean the finish

All our guitars and basses are finished with an oil-based Polyurethane finish, most of them satin. If you need to do a more thorough cleaning of the finish, first make sure to remove any dust or debris from the surface to avoid scratching the finish. Then, go ahead and wipe the surface with a slightly damp microfiber cloth. It’s not necessary to use any guitar cleaning product, but if you prefer to use one, make sure that it is not oil-based or abrasive as it will most likely ruin the satin finish.
For our guitars that are finished with a glossy finish, you can safely use any guitar polish of your choice, as long as it's not oil-based.
If you are uncertain of what products you can use, please contact our customer support for guidance.

How to clean and condition the fretboard

Another good habit is to give your fretboard some care whenever changing strings by just wiping it down with a soft cloth. How to care for your fretboard is determined by what kind of wood it’s made of, and if it’s finished or unfinished.

Maple fretboards

All our maple fretboards are finished with a thin layer of Polyurethane, so you should not use any oil-based fretboard cleaning or conditioning product, such as lemon oil. Care for the finish of the maple fretboard in the same way as the body’s finish, using a damp cloth if it’s needed to remove any dirt.

Richlite fretboards

Richlite is a durable material requiring no special conditioning or cleaning products. To clean your Richlite fretboard, just wipe it down with a soft cloth.
It may however lose some of its deep luster over time, and in that case, you can safely use Richlite’s own care and maintaining product to bring back the luster: Richlite® Care + Maintain

Unfinished fretboards

Fretboards made of Rosewood, Pao Ferro or Ebony do not have a protective finish, so it is recommended to condition the fretboard by oiling it once or twice a year. This will give the wood some extra protection from changes in climate and of course also make it look good. There are several suitable fretboard cleaning and conditioning products on the market, so please use the one you prefer. 
The general procedure is to first make sure that the fretboard is clean and then apply a generous amount of fretboard oil with a cloth. Let it soak in for a minute or two before wiping off the excess with another clean cloth, and you're done.

How to care for the hardware

To ensure the hardware functions properly, it is recommended that it is inspected periodically. When you are experiencing issues with knobs that are hard to turn or screws that are loose, it's advisable you take the time to carefully make any minor adjustments. If needed, add some lubricant to any threaded and moving parts, like the tuner's plunger and tuning bolt. We recommend using a lithium grease or sewing machine oil, applied in small amounts.
By caring for the hardware and servicing it regularly, you'll hopefully detect any worn parts before they break down. If a parts seems to be worn and needs to be replaced, please check out our Spare parts section in our web shop, or just get in touch with our customer support for help with replacements.

How to clean and care for the electronics

The potentiometers and switches used in our instruments are of high quality, but they are still prone to oxidization and can eventually break down if not cared for properly. If you experience crackling noises when using a potentiometer or switch, please go ahead and clean it with an appropriate contact cleaner, available in any electronics store. Just apply a small amount of contact cleaner to the switch or potentiometer and then flip or turn it back and forth a few times. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, please contact our customer support and we’ll assist you further.

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