Now that summer is here; guitarists need to take special precautions to protect their instruments. Extreme weather is always a danger, and the heat can cause warping, cracking, and cause glued joints to separate. Here are a few tips you can use to ensure your guitar will stay in good condition this summer.
Keep Your Instrument Out of the Trunk
We all know that cars get unbearably hot in the summer, but did you know that your trunk can be up to 60 degrees hotter than the outside of your car? Just a few hours in the trunk can cause a host of issues like loose bridges, unaligned necks, fret heave, and warping. Even electric guitars will become damaged in that kind of heat. You should also avoid leaving your guitar in a hot vehicle in general.
Use a Hard Case
Gig bags are convenient and light-weight but don’t do much to protect your guitar. In fact, the vinyl or plastic-resin derived fabric that makes up your soft case absorbs and retains heat, which is bad news for your guitar.
Keep Out of Direct Sunlight
When playing outdoor gigs, make sure your guitar stand is in the shade if possible as the sun can damage the finish on your guitar. Also, overheated guitar strings can stretch, and may fall out of tune while you are playing.
These are just three ways that you can protect your guitar from summer heat damage. Stay tuned for our next post where we will explore how humidity can affect your guitar and how to combat it.