Care and feeding guide

The dry climate in Colorado and the West will cause cracking of a wooden stringed instrument unless the instrument is humidified. Inexpensive factory-made guitars have a top made of plywood and are somewhat more resistant to cracking, but the plywood results in inferior sound. My guitars have a solid wood top, as do all fine instruments, so they must be humidified. A small humidifier that fits inside the case is inexpensive and easy to find. DO IT and the guitar should last for generations.

At the risk of stating the obvious, never leave a guitar in the car in summer, as the intense heat could be catastrophic!

Many believe playing a guitar a lot improves the sound over the long term. However, the strings age and will eventually make the sound rather lifeless. I have found that cleaning the strings with lemon oil (a furniture polish), or actually boiling the strings in water for 30 minutes can add to their useful life before a change of new strings is necessary.

Hanson guitars are designed for light gauge steel strings (.012, .016, .024, .032, .042, .053), aka “twelves”. Never use heavy gauge.

The fingerboard is bare wood and could use a wipe of lemon oil once in a while. Nothing but a soft dusting is needed on the rest of the instrument.