Maintain Your Child Guitar
Child Guitar Maintenence
While a lot of the kids guitars featured on this website are considered to be toys rather than fine works of craftsmanship, many of the models are still produced to an excellent standard and are very much just smaller versions of the “real thing”. With that being the case, they deserve the maintenance that the full size models would receive and, depending on the age of your child and how heavy handed they are, they’re more likely to need it too!
It would be a good idea to encourage your child to take care of their guitar by themselves, though you’ll likely need to help them at first and with certain aspects, as will become clear. The better they can take care of their guitar though, obviously the longer it will last and the longer it will sound how it’s supposed to!
Here are the basic guitar maintenance procedures to take, some often, some not so much:
Use a Good Cleaning Agent: A lot of oils and aerosol-based cleaning products aren’t suitable at all for cleaning a guitar. Instead, opt for a polish that is specifically designed for – or at least recommended for – a guitar, and use a soft, dry cloth to apply it. Don’t use an abrasive cloth as you’ll scratch the surface and avoid getting the polish on the strings.
Wipe Strings with a Dry Cloth: This is something your child can certainly learn to do themselves and should be encouraged after every use. Simply wipe the guitar strings with a dry cloth to get rid of sweat and any other oils and dirt that will be transferred from their fingers. This will lengthen the life of the strings considerably and ensure they sound how they’re supposed to sound.
Ensure Screws are Tightened: This part of maintenance won’t need to be performed as often, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. Obviously through use, and probably more so through child use, the entire guitar will vibrate and over time the screws may start to loosen. Every now and then you simply need to tighten them back up, not too tight, but enough that they have a snug fit. Having loose screws will not only affect the sound quality, but if they fall out completely, that’s when a kid’s guitar starts to deteriorate rapidly!
As you can see, some of these points need to be addressed regularly, such as the cleaning of the strings, whereas others don’t need to be addressed as often. If, however, you’ve spent a considerable amount of money on your child’s guitar and they’re actively interested in playing it, then it’s worth the effort, and getting them to take care of the maintenance themselves is a good habit to form. Some of the guitars for kids featured on this website are built to a really great standard and play just as good as any guitar, so it’s worth keeping them that way.