Caring for your guitar -- how to keep it unblemished?
Very basic question here and as a guitar owner and casual player for over 30 years, you'd think I'd know better but...how do people keep their guitars looking so pristine? I feel like despite almost a paranoid anxiety around chipping, denting, scratching my guitar, some little thing or another has happened to nearly every guitar I own--no, not nearly--ALL my guitars.
I recently was blessed to be able to buy 3 french polish classical guitars in the last 18 months. I've lightly scratched a couple (despite using a "Kling-on" guitar protector) and believe it or not chipped (small, almost unnoticeable) one of my guitars when I tripped over my guitar stand!! I also wear a sleeve on the right hand and remove my watch/fitbit when playing. Still, it's to the point where I'm almost anxious to play because these guitars aren't cheap and I always manage to somehow mark them.
Now, all that said, I've recently watched a few concerts online and in not a few, I've noticed that some of the guitars look INCREDIBLY worn and scratched. Others, despite being a few years old (I often see the luthier name and age of the guitar in the verbiage included in the concert info), look amazingly untouched.
How do people do it??
Hi Stephen Darrell Oliver !
My personal view: I don't (because I can't) My beloved Paco Marin 30 Anniversario's top is in a horrible condition from intensive studying (especially gaining speed with Villa-Lobos #7, so many scratches on the upper half of the top due to relentless scales practice). So I definitely fall into the "INCREDIBLY worn and scratched" category. I might take it to Paco's workshop in Granada early next year to get the top redone though, then it will be (hopefully) shiny again, although I have some deep scratches in there (played a concert in a childrens' hospital and one boy tipped over my notestand which crashed into the top of my guitar)
I think there's a lot of psychology involved: as long as your guitar looks pristine and untouched, you try to keep it that way. But as soon as the first blemishes happen, we get more and more careless. I think it comes down to the discipline of the first few months
On that note though: we plan to have luthier come in for a livestream and talk about caring your guitar!
Picture 1: The Notestand Tragedy
Picture 2: The Evolution of the Villa-Lobos Scale
Picture 3: The Temperature Crack Disaster (masterfully repaired by Hermann Hauser III, now invisible)