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CARE & MAINTENANCE

Here are the basics on keeping your guitar in tip-top shape.
The four most important things you need to do for your guitar:

1. Keep it clean
2. Make it cozy
3. Show some TLC
4. Play the heck out of it

KEEP IT CLEAN
There are many fine cleaning products available for your guitar at your local music store. Invest in a good polish and a couple of lint-free polishing rags. Wipe down the strings with a dry cloth after playing. Use guitar polish sparingly on the rest of the guitar. If the strings aren’t working properly or are discolored, replace them with new strings. When changing strings, rotate out a new string one at a time. This will put less stress on the truss rod. On satin finishes, the wood will take on a nice Patina (shine) over time. Again, use polish sparingly! Use lemon oil or a “conditioner” on the fingerboard and bridge a couple of times a year, or if the wood looks dry. You’ll need to take off all of the strings to do this.


MAKE IT COZY
Remember, if you feel comfortable, your guitar feels comfortable. Store your Sierra guitar in a place with a moderate temperature, and with humidity between 40-60%. Use a humidifier if: You frequently run the heat or air conditioner. You live in a dry location
such as the mountains or desert. If you live near the ocean, we recommend you use a desiccant, silicon pack, to reduce the high humidity levels.


SHOW SOME TLC
Make sure you use the proper guitar case for your Sierra. When you close the lid, be sure to latch it completely. Carry the case with the lid toward you to avoid the guitar falling out. Don’t subject your guitar to the extremes! If you’ve been outside in snowy conditions and enter a warm house or nightclub, avoid opening the guitar case for 20 minutes or more. The inside of the guitar case needs time to acclimate to the new room temperature. Do not leave yourguitar in the trunk of your car! It will be very upset with you and may not sound the same. Avoid goofing around with the truss rod if you’re unsure of its function. Get to know a good guitar technician. Don’t tune the guitar above pitch. The A string should be 110 HZ or cycles per second. Electronic tuners are inexpensive and very useful. When traveling by plane or vehicle, be careful. Loosen the guitar strings and place inside the best fitting, quality guitar case you can find.


PLAY THE HECK OUT OF IT

Playing your guitar will make you feel good and likely give you a rush after a well-deserved jam session. The more you play your guitar, the more its solid woods will progress and develop in tone. Playing your guitar also puts you in touch with your guitar’s wants and needs. On occasion, guitars require maintenance. Typical service may include a truss rod adjustment/set up, getting your frets dressed or maybe a new saddle or nut.

Above all, enjoy your Sierra guitar...now start playing!

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