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Wrap Your Guitar Cables the Right Way!

At some point in every guitar player’s life you will need to wrap a guitar cable.

It’s just a part of life as a player. And not only for electric guitar players, acoustic players will need to as well. Especially if you play an acoustic/electric guitar.

And/or, you might also need to help a sound guy out and wrap cables. You will really make their day if you can do it right!

How many times have we come across a bunch of cables and/or wire where it looks like a giant pile of electronic spaghetti?

And then we try to untangle them…not fun.

Here is a short video of me showing you how we can wrap guitar cables the right way! It will go a LONG way in not only preserving your cables but also make your life a lot better!

Wrapping Guitar Cables

Note that it can work with other types of cables such as XLR, DMX, etc. It could even work for power cables, although there are other schools of thought on how to wrap those. Your choice.

And as always, I’m here to help to!

I hope this helps make you more successful in your playing!

 

PS: I just made my TOP 10 Favorite Alex Lifeson Riffs Video taken from his huge catalog of Rush songs. It was a lot of fun to make! Let me know what you think: Best Rush Songs on Guitar

PPS: I’m also on a roll creating some CRAZY 30-60 sec guitar solos using some exotic scales. It sounds pretty cool:

Hungarian Gypsy Minor in F

Hindustan Scale in G

PPPS: Oh and hey, can you do me a favor? I’m starting a mission to grow my You Tube Subscribers to more than 22 (Ha!). No, seriously, if you can quickly hop over there and “Subscribe”, it would be so very awesome!

I promise that the videos (most of them at least) will be entertaining and/or informative!

Here is the path to arrive there:

6 String Corner

Cleaning Your Guitar

How often do you clean your guitar?

Good guitar maintenance is always a good thing, and cleaning is a part of it.

You really want to keep off any oils or dirt that get on the guitar.

Plus, it just looks better when it is clean! And yes, that even goes for the old, beat up models!

Cloths

I like to always keep a cloth in all of my guitar cases. A good microfiber kind works real well. Simply give the guitar a “wipe-down” when you take it out of the case. At the very least, wipe down the back and front of the guitar neck. Here are some good cloths you can use and they are all very inexpensive. Order them online or go get them at your favorite music store.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MN203–mus…

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/099-0524-0…

Polish/Cleaners

Cleaners that are also polishes work great! Except for the fretboards. I would offer extreme caution there. Why? It can add excessive wax that can affect the tone of your strings, not to mention it will get your fingers dirty!

Here are some good polish/cleaners:

I like this one a lot:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/654–dunlo…

This one I use on my acoustic:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/18A0073–m…

I have used this one too:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PolishPump…

Really, just google what you need and choose one that looks good for you.

Fretboard Cleaners

For your fretboards you will use something that is wax free. Most brands use some kind of a lemon oil mixture. Regardless, make sure it is a fretboard cleaner and not just a guitar cleaner.

Here are some examples:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MN105–mus…

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/6554–dunl…

Cleaning Kits

I prefer to grab guitar cleaning kits (in fact I need to get one soon). They are very inexpensive and are all in one. Some even have extra types of cleaners, like string cleaners, if you really want to go over the top.

This is a very popular one from Dunlop:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/6504–dunl…

Another one from Nomad:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MN140–mus…

I think you get the idea. Look for what might work best for your guitar.

When do you clean?

A good time is when you are changing strings. The guitar is for the most part bare and you have accessibility to all sections of the instrument. Make sure you have it available to use after the old strings are off and before the new ones go on.

Of course you need to be changing your strings regularly, so there is that…

And I will use the cleaner bottle more regularly on the guitar body and the back of the neck, especially when I have an upcoming performance. It simply makes everything look better.

I hope this helps make you more successful in your playing!

Rock On,

Tony G.

PS: Oh and hey, can you do me a favor? I’m starting a mission to grow my You Tube Subscriibers to more than 17 (Ha!). No, seriously, if you can quickly hop over there and “Subscribe”, it would be so very awesome!

I promise that the videos (most of them at least) will be entertaining and/or informative!

Here is the path to arrive there:

Six String Corner

Guitar Pick “Preservation”

Guitar picks can be like socks.

Whatever happens to that other sock after we do the laundry?

Drives me nuts. I sometimes think that they simply fall into a black hole, never to return until the end of time.

I firmly believe that guitar picks have their own black hole that they fall into as well

I know that because I don’t always remember throwing them out or tossing them away…they simply vanish

So to “combat” that phenomenon, I hold on to a certain group of picks and keep them in a safe place (or in the strings of my guitar!)

And I use them over and over

But the inevitable problem with guitar picks is that they eventually wear out. And then you have to buy new ones, half of which will join the other socks in their own black hole

However, there is a trick, a trade secret if you will, that will preserve your guitar picks just a little longer. It is really simple.

It’s called the “Rug Rub”

Rug Rub

The success of this technique is dependent on the type of pick you use. I use Tortex picks, they are the best to do this with (I usually order via Musiciansfriend.com but you can get them at most any music store). They come in all shapes sizes. This is the one I use for my electric guitars:

When you see wear on the sides of your pick, you find a rug made with a coarse material (like an indoor/outdoor type, or most types you would see on a stage if you gig a lot, even a lot of those welcome mats can work). And then simply rub the sides of the pick on the carpet surface to smooth it out. 

Do it like this:

That’s it. (Side note: I learned this from a drummer friend of mine some time ago! How about that!).

There will come a time where you will have “filed” enough that the shape of the pick gets deformed to point where it’s hard to play.

But the good news is that your single pick will last a whole lot longer! I usually will order a half dozen of the Tortex picks and, as long as they don’t fall into their black hole, I typically won’t place another order for as long as 6 months.

You can use many types of picks. Some would be more difficult than others.

For example, the more plastic type picks that Fender uses (the traditional kind that they have used for a long time) would take a little longer in the filing process. Sometimes they can wear so much that you can’t do anything with them.

There are other types of picks, such as those made out of bone, where this doesn’t work nearly as well. However, the nature of their construction allows them to last long on their own.

If you haven’t done so yet, try different types of picks of different material and thickness to see what works for you. Let me know if their is more you wish to learn about picks. Just reply back or leave a comment!

Rock on till the next time!