Caring for your Weissenborn
Your has be instrument has been expertly crafted by hand and with just a small amount of care and attention will provide a lifetime of music and enjoyment.
Tuning & Strings
Your guitar will come setup for Open D tuning (DADF#AD) as standard. The strings on the guitar have been carefully selected for playability, volume and maintaining the structural integrity of the guitar. These same strings can also be tuned to Open G.
The strings we use, and slot our nuts for are the following gauge, from 1st to 6th:
.14" - .18" - .24" - .32" - .42" - .56"
The strings will be de-tensioned for shipping.
There is an almost limitless number of tunings that can be used and we encourage you to be creative! Like any acoustic guitar however, it is important to ensure that the strings used do not put excessive tension on the instrument.
Some of the strings on the market produced for open tunings are produced for resonator and electric guitars, and may be excessive on a Weissenborn guitar.
If you are looking for a replacement from a local music store, most standard True Medium or Medium acoustic guitar string sets will be ideal for Open D or G tuning.
Weissenborn specific strings such as John Pearse (3170, 3160 or 3120L only), or Weissenborns.com (WB56) are suitable.
For higher tunings such as Open E, we recommend light gauge strings.
Note that the nut slots are custom slotted for our standard string gauges, and may need to be widened to accommodate heavier strings.
You should regularly replace your strings to ensure optimal tone, and to ensure that string corrosion doesn't damage the instrument.
You should use a dedicated bridge pin tool to remove the pins as pliers, screwdrivers and other implements may damage the pins or guitar.
Care & Maintenance
With proper care and a small amount of ongoing maintenance, your guitar will provide a lifetime of enjoyment.
Hot temperatures should be avoided. A guitar left in a car even on a mild day can reach temperatures that weaken glue joins in a matter of minutes, particularly when under the tension of guitar strings.
It’s important to keep your guitar in a neutral humidity. Your guitar was crafted in approximately 45% Relative Humidity and we would recommend your guitar is always kept between 40-60%.
You should avoid direct contact with water and other liquids at all times.
In locations with low humidity is is advisable to store your guitar in a case with a humidifier. Prolonged exposure to low humidity can cause the guitar top and back to sink and cracking to occur in the tonewood.
The finish requires only an occasional wipe with a lightly damp cloth to remove dust. Avoid solvent or oil-based products as these can damage the finish; use only mild soapy water if necessary.
When not being played you should always store your guitar in a hardshell case away from direct sunlight, extremes or fluctuations in temperature or humidity.