Maintenance of your guitar
guitars do not need any extra care, however the following
is extremely imporant:
Allowed range of relative air humidity
for Sali guitars is between 40% - 70%. Slight
variations out of this range are allowed if they do not last
for more than several days.
Too low air humidity will dry the wood of
your guitar, therefore cracks in sides,
top and back due shrinkage
will occur. In addition, neck and bridge can suffer serious
Too high air humidity will swell up the
wood which can result in serious deformation of all guitar
If air humidity is under 40% then a
simple humidifier must be inserted into the resonant hole
and near the guitar head whilst the instrument is stored in
If air humidity is above 70% then a
silica gel must be inserted into the resonant hole and next
to guitar head whilst the instrument is stored in a case.
Allowed range of air temperature for
Sali guitars is between 5°C - 35°C. Slight variations
out of this range are allowed if they do not last for more
than several days.
Too low air temperature can cause changes
in glued joints of your instrument but in general the wood
itself is not so sensitive to low temperatures. An indirect consequence of low
temperatures is low air humidity which can cause much more
serious damage than low temperatures themselves.
High air temperature usually means high
air moisture, too. There is also a
direct danger due to high temperatures which can cause a
significant decrease of strength of glued joints. Leaving
your guitar in a car during a hot summer day is strictly
dissuaded. The guitar can be
literally ruined in less than one hour.
The only part of a guitar which actually
needs cleaning is a fingerboard. When you replace the
strings you can use soft dry cloth and wipe the frets and
fingerboard surface. You can also wipe other parts of a
guitar with gentle pressure. Do not use any detergent,
alcohol or any chemical mean! This will ruin
your guitar's finish!
We advice you to add a small drop of
oil onto each of six pairs of gears of your tuning machines
at least once per two months. Avoid to add too large drop of
oil because the guitar head (and case) will become dirty,
wood will swell up and the performance of your tuning
machines will decrease. Another option is to use light
colored grease instead of oil.
Ideally the guitar should be stored in a
guitar case of highest quality. This will prevent injuries
due to foreign objects, etc. During the transport the case
with a guitar should be in a horizontal position with its
back on the floor which will
prevent breaking of the instrument. Forces during
transportation due to vibrations will be distributed over
the whole guitar back in this case. The worst position is
a vertical position of the case because
forces will be distributed over a
small area of the lower
bout of the guitar.
There is 3 years warranty on Sali guitars for a damage, which
is not a consequence of inproper handling with the
instrument or its normal wear through time. Inproper
incorrect air humidity and temperature and consecutive
deformations and cracks of the instrument
mechanical damages and damages due to chemical substances,
damages due to direct exposure to heat sources, etc.
Normal wear which is proportional to playing time
of your instrument: wear of frets, fingerboard, nut and
saddle, bridge and tuning machines, and damages of varnish on
typical places (neck, sides and both boards).
For the owners of Sali guitar who live reasonably close
to our workshop (less than 250 km) we suggest personal
delivery of the instrument which needs to be examined or
repaired. In contrast we suggest post services for owners
whose location is not reasonably close to our workshop (more
than 250 km). In case of justified warranty assert we propose
shared costs for shipping (one way covered by the customer,
another way covered by us).
Adjustment of neck relief and
adjustment of saddle height are not a subject of warranty.
However, we perform them free of charge if you organize
transportation on your cost. These adjustments are usually
necessary after several months of playing.