Banjo Care & Maintenance
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One of the keys to a good play of banjo is the prime condition of the string instrument. To make sure that your banjo quality is in top condition, you will need to maintain and care for it on a routine basis.
Just like many other instruments, it can be tricky if it is the first time for you. But once you’ve known what it takes for good maintenance, it will be your second nature to care and maintain your banjo string instrument.
You will then realize that it is not as hard as you thought before. So, read these until you finish to find out the best way to do it.
Clean the Strings
Dirty strings can really affect the quality of sound from your banjo. Dirty strings can happen every day depending on how you use the banjo.
The dirt can affect the quality of the strings. And if these problems are left without you treating it, your strings can degrade quickly. Not to mention that the humidity can also play a great role in affecting the condition of the strings. The corrosion can happen.
Find the string cleaners and lubricants from the nearby music store. These will easily clean your strings and prevent friction and corrosion from happening.
It is easy to clean with the string cleaners. You just need to rub the strings up and down before wiping away with the cleaning tool. Usually, the string cleaners are also useful for the fretboard. You can also use the strings solutions to clean your fretboard.
Clean the body of your banjo
Banjo’s body is the key to producing the best overall performance of a banjo. Therefore, you want to make sure that there is no dirt or other messy stuff around the body.
The same string solutions are actually a great option to clean your banjo body. But you can also use the oil solutions that you usually use for your furniture. if you are not really sure, you will want to test it in the small section of your furniture, then apply it on your banjo body.
The wooden parts of the banjo are prone to dirt buildup as well. Many users often overlook some parts such as the back of the neck. It is where the part can get dirty quickly because you often place your palm and thumb there.
The friction in the wooden body can also deteriorate the quality of the banjo overly.
The dust, if we underestimate the challenge, can affect both metal and wooden parts. The accumulated dirt can cause friction. If you don’t notice these small signs, it can wear away the wood finishing.
For the wooden parts, all you need to do is to wipe the surface with the solutions and microfiber cloth. Then you could just clean it with the microfiber cloth.
Use cautions when cleaning some sensitive parts such as wooden head stock, rim, neck, and fretboard.
Depending on the wood types of your banjo, some cleaning products might be too harsh to your materials. Make sure to read the labels of the products first before purchasing from the market. Some cleaning products come with milder solutions. So, you will want to focus on milder solutions at first. Choosing your microfiber clothes is also a tricky one. Don’t use clothes with harsh abrasive components. There’s a good reason to use microfiber cloth. It provides a high absorption level so that it won’t leave any humidity which can affect the quality of banjo.
Protecting your banjo
It is important to keep your banjo safe and protected. Sometimes, accidents are unavoidable. Your pets, kids, spillover, bumping, and other incidents might happen. And when your banjo is not protected, it could procure some problems.
You might want to wall mount your Banjo. It can be a great solution because your kids and pets won’t be able to reach it. You can also use the wall-mounted Banjo as an additional decoration in your living room. However, it is not a permanent solution because there is possibility of bumping, knocking, or spillage. As long as you wall-mount the Banjo in the strategic place, it will help you to keep your banjo safe and sound.
The banjo case is a permanent solution since you can store your banjo anywhere you want. There are basically two types of banjo case: soft case and hard case. The soft case can be a great option to protect your banjo from the dust and dirt, but not with physical impacts. Hard case can be great for protecting your banjo from all the challenges. But the hard case is heavier. It will come down to your personal choices again.
The safety and accessibility would also help you to decide which case type you want to use for protecting your banjo.
Storing your banjo
Ideally, you will want to place your banjo in any specific place where you can easily access it. Presuming that you will take your banjo practices or playing sessions as your routine, you will want to reach it anytime you want to use it.
The place to store your banjo must be clean and dry. Depending on where you play your banjo, you will want to consider the environment as well. If there is too much dirt, you might want to relocate your banjo.
If necessary, make a good section wherein you can place your banjo with peace of mind. That means the place must be clean, dry, and safe from your pets or your reckless kids. Make sure the place is free from dust and dirt and has a window to allow the sun rays to come.
When you travel around with your banjo
It will depend on what transportation you are using. If you are traveling via air flight, there’s a chance you will be separated with your banjo if you’re not allowed to check with your banjo instrument. Get a hard case for it. Choose the hard case with good lock security so that only you can open the hard case. If you are driving by yourself, a soft case could be enough for protection. But in all conditions, a hard case is the most reliable protector for your banjo.