The Electro Acoustic Guitar - A Short List Of Items That Keep It Going

By: oliclark578375 | Posted: 04th May 2011

Electro acoustic guitar, electric guitar or acoustic guitar - no matter what kind you might have, you still will need to provide some running fixes on occasion. Although I cannot imagine many of the first delta blues musicians possessing anything aside from the ancient acoustic guitar as well as the shirt on their back, nowadays it's really a completely different tale and there are certain items which the time aware and cautious guitar players have to have inside their tool set to be sure the playability is preserved and notably any servicing uses the minimum time.

So unless you have infinite time on your hands, or fancy keeping it real like those early pioneers of the guitar cause I would say that you probably need to be carrying, or have access to the following things nearby to keep your trusty guitar in tip top shape: For starters you should be carrying some strings in the gauge you prefer and for the guitars you are playing. So if you play an acoustic carry the appropriate gauge strings and if you are playing an electric or electro acoustic guitar some suitable different strings will be required.

Next, you should be looking at a good multi-tool like a Swiss army knife that includes slot and Phillips head screwdrivers, pliers, diagonal cutters (good for emergency wire stripping) and also a file for your fingernails!! For the price of them it may also be worth putting in a set of real diagonal cutters for trimming off replaced strings. They function a bit more easily compared to the ones on the multi-tool. As you know it is sometimes surprising precisely how robust strings may be and these can certainly make light work of cutting the string after changing.

For your ¼” nuts on jacks and pedals I keep a smallish socket and manual driver as I find they will loosen regularly.

A towel is handy for quick cleaning of equipment. Specifically sweat and dirt that rapidly accumulates and damages too.

Spare picks you could keep in an old tobacco tin together with rogue screws, bolts and washers that just manage to turn up without any seeming point of origin.

An item which is often overlooked can be spare 9v batteries. They are used in pedals and in the preamp on acoustic guitars and will exhaust at the most inopportune moments.

I would say that these are the most significant items to have available if you're either in your house, practicing or gigging. Should you fancy a bit of overkill then you could also opt for the following.

Tuning lubricant is great for putting on new strings as you replace them. It stops them from breaking when you are putting them on and you could carry some kind of string cleaner like Fast Fret which does prolong the useful life of a string and stops rust setting in.

Allen Keys in different (but relevant) sizes if your multi-tool does not have them are useful. They are especially great for anything round the pick-up region.

In order to get the guitar restrung in double fast time and you've provided the roadie the evening off look at getting a battery driven guitar string winder. Be sure to have the extra batteries for this however, or else it'll be quite pointless.

And so, many points to bear in mind if you'd like to ensure that your electro acoustic guitar is in wonderful overall condition, but don’t ignore the carrier to help keep all of it in!!

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