Guitars being made of wood, no matter how strong the construction, they are still delicate and need to be treated well if they’re going to have a long life. Following a few key guidelines can go a long way in keeping your guitar as great looking and great sounding as the day you brought it home.
Like all well-made acoustics, Alvarez guitars should always be kept in an environment between 40 and 50% humidity. It’s fine to keep your guitar out on display in the right environment – whether it’s hanging or on a stand – but the best way to store a guitar is in its case, away from direct sunlight. If you are traveling with your guitar or experiencing heightened dry, cold or damp conditions, then you should always use some sort of humidification. We recommend the D’Addario 2-way Humidification Pack System, as it can both release moisture in dry conditions and absorb it in high humidity.
String shelf life has a lot to do with player’s preference. There are artists that change their strings for every show, and there are professionals that like the gritty twang of an older set. Generally a new set of strings will take a few days to break in, and with regular playing, will sound bright and fresh for weeks, maybe even months. With all that in mind, the most tested, tried and true way to tell if it’s time to change your strings: if one breaks!
Guitars should be cleaned regularly to prevent any permanent damage to the finish and fingerboard. Our skin and fingertips carry a lot of natural oils and acids that can build up and cause stains or more rapid oxidation on the frets. There are many products on the market that claim to restore a guitar’s finish, but chemicals and solvents can sometimes do more damage than good. The best way to clean your guitar is with a damp soft towel or a microfiber cleaning cloth, leaving no moisture behind. A q-tip is always good for the hard to reach areas or for the fine cleaning that frets need. We also recommend lubricating your fingerboard and bridge every few months. We use D’Addario Lemon Oil.
Your Alvarez comes with an excellent Limited Lifetime Warranty that will cover any rare defects that may contribute to damage. Beyond the scope of the warranty, if you or someone – or mother nature – damages your guitar, we would suggest having it evaluated by a trusted and experienced local Luthier or Guitar Technician.