How to Prep a Guitar for Long-Term Storage

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You always need to prepare a guitar in a very particular way before you put it into long-term storage. Prep a guitar for long-term storage with help from an experienced audio engineer in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

What’s going on, guys? My name is Joey Biagas, and I’m an audio engineer and musician for about seven years now. And today, we’re going to show you how to store or prep your guitar for a long-term storage. Now, first, with this guitar – this is a base guitar – basically, I’m just going to take off the straps, because you may want to use the strap for another guitar, or just basically put it away, because most guitar cases have a little compartment for your guitar strap. So, you roll this guy up. But, that leads me to the actual guitar case. Now, what I use for, like, gigs, I’ll use a soft bag for my gigs. Now, for long-term storage, and you want to put this away, it’s good to use a nice hard case, like this guy right here. This will protect anything happening, maybe it falls off the shelf or something like that. So, you definitely want to get a hard case like this guy. Another tip that we can do is actually loosen the strings. That way, it kind of lets the strings rest a little bit for long-term storage. So, let’s go ahead and place this guy in, like that. And then, I’m going to place my strap over here, right next to the guitar. Close this guy, and make sure that all the locks are securely locked, and double check. Thank you guys for watching, and if you do have any other questions, please let us know.


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