Maintenance Tips

Each month we hope to help you keep your instruments in excellent shape and in the proper playing condition, so don't forget to check back often for more helpful hints!

MAY: Is your guitar "buzzing" or has it become more difficult to play recently? If so, you likely need to have the guitar's neck adjusted. Yes, that can be done! The rapidly changing weather around here can affect the wood from which your guitar is made. Changes in the temperature and humidity can cause your guitar neck to move, either increasing the distance between the strings and fingerboard (making the guitar more difficult to play) or decreasing that distance enough to make the strings "buzz" on the frets. Both problems can be easily fixed if you bring your guitar to A-major Music for an adjustment; the typical cost of which is $10 or less.

JUNE: Believe it or not, strings do not last forever. Even if they're not broken, over time strings on all instruments - guitars, basses, mandolins, ukuleles, violins, cellos, etc. - wear out and need to be replaced. Strings older than six months lose tone, elasticity, and clarity due to usage, oxidation, and the build-up of finger grease and oil. Replacing them can give your instrument new life with a bigger, fuller sound. If you would like us to restring your instrument, cost ranges from $10-$15 dollars for labor plus the price of a new string set.