guitar finish

Fig. 1. Changes in temperature and humidity can cause checking in traditional nitrocellulose lacquer finishes.

When caring for a guitar, your first line of defense is to wipe down its neck, strings, and body after you play. But that’s just the beginning.

So far, we've explored ways to clean and condition your guitar with an emphasis on the fretboard, bridge, and hardware [“The Great Guitar Cleanup," December 2013]. We touched on caring for the finish, but this subject warrants further discussion.

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