Caring for Your Instrument

Expect Changes in Tuning
Wood swells and contracts constantly with changes in humidity, and instruments often detune with changing conditions.  Typically a new instrument will need a few weeks to stabilize after arriving in your home. 

Storage
All woods tend to darken with age, no matter how they are finished, but they darken much more quickly in sunlight.  (Padauk, a reddish wood, is particularly sensitive; just a few weeks of sun will turn padauk brown.) Wood instruments are best stored indoors away from direct sun and moisture sources.

Maintaining the Finish
If the finish begins to wear from use, you can renew it easily by applying a thin coat of paste wax and then polishing with a soft dry cloth or paper towel.

String Replacement
Broken strings are easily replaced with standard guitar strings.  If you need to replace all three strings, the three thinnest strings from a "Light" guitar set will generally serve.  Email me for more exact size information about your specific instrument.

Repairs
Minor scratches can be repaired by sanding them out with 150 grit sandpaper, then smoothing the area with 220 and 320 grit paper.  Finally, apply a light coat of linseed oil, rub it in, and allow to dry for at least 24 hours (48 is better).  Finish with a light coat of paste wax gently rubbed in.