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Care & Maintenance

Care

As needed, use a spray guitar cleaner (not water) and a soft cloth to rub away dirt on the guitar body. About once a year, we recommend applying a thin coat of lemon oil to the fretboard — be careful not to overcoat!

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When storing your guitar for an extended time, we recommend putting a humidifier with your guitar in the gig bag. This keeps the wood moist and prevents any warping, fret buzz, or other common issues.

Learning to tune is one of the most important aspects of playing guitar. Though there’s many different options, the most common tuning is E Standard (E A D G B E). To tune, you can either use a physical tuner, an online resource, or a mobile app.

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Note: Over time, if you notice that your guitar doesn’t hold its tune as well, it might be a sign that you’re due for another set up.

Maintenance

New strings make your guitar sound bright and crisp. If you notice a discoloration or lack of brightness in your tone, it’s probably time for a new set. 

We recommend changing your strings every 3 months or 100 hours of practice — whichever comes first.

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The truss rod is an adjustable metal rod that runs through your guitar and affects the bow of the neck.

You might need to adjust your truss rod if:

    •   Your action feels too low (the strings are buzzing).

    •   Your action feels too high (the strings are hard to push down).

    •   There’s a change in seasons or humidity.

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Humidity, temperature, and usage can impact your guitar over time. Getting your guitar regularly set up will make sure that it’s properly positioned, tuned, and adjusted for best playability. 

Every Orangewood guitar is professionally set up before shipment, but after ever 6-12 months of play, we recommend taking your guitar to a local music shop for another set up. This is a great investment in keeping your guitar healthy for many years.

Most Orangewood models come with an optional pickguard. The pickguard is meant to protect the surface of your guitar from getting scratched by the pick. If your model comes with a pickguard, you’ll find it in the front pocket of your gig bag. 

If you’d like to apply the pickguard, please follow these steps for proper input:

1.  Using a clean cloth and a spray guitar cleaner (not water), clean off the surface under the guitar soundhole.  

2.  After drying, align the pickguard to map out where you’d like for it to go outside the soundhole rosette. 

3. Once mapped, hold the pickguard in place with a couple pieces of masking tape — this will keep it from moving when you apply it to the guitar. 

4. Peel off the adhesive backing of your pickguard, and slowly drop it into place. Double check for any alignment issues or final adjustments, and then press down firmly on your pickguard. 

5. Remove the masking tape from your pickguard. All done — start strumming! 

Note: Once you apply a pickguard to your guitar, it can’t be returned.

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Need help with something else? We’re here for you. Email us at hello@orangewoodguitars.com.

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