Care and Maintenance

Care

Avian guitars are made from solid wood in a climate controlled workshop where the humidity is kept at 45% and temperature is 70-75 degrees F. In order to keep your Avian guitar in good and stable condition the humidity and temperature should stay in this range (+/- 15% RH, +/- 25 degrees). A rapid and drastic change in humidity or temperature could cause your guitar to go out of adjustment and/or result in damage. There are several methods to keep your guitar in the proper humidity range with case and room humidifiers. Please consult your Avian dealer to find out which solution works best for you.

Cleaning

A soft lint-free cloth with combined with a guitar polish will work well in keeping the finished areas of the guitar clean. Furniture polish and household cleaners are not recommend. For the fingerboard and bridge, which have no finish, a small amount of linseed or lemon oil is recommended a few times a year.

Adjustments

Your guitar can be adjusted as your guitar ages and experiences seasonal changes in humidity and temperature. The saddle, nut, truss rod and neck are designed to be adjustable to account for these changes and your personal preferences. We suggest taking your guitar to a qualified guitar technician to make these adjustments if necessary.

Please share the following information with your guitar technician The neck joint is a bolt-on design with the heel and fingerboard extension recessed into pockets in the body. Only the heel is bolted which allows for easy adjustments of the neck angle by a qualified technician To remove the neck carefully remove the bolt cover located on the neck block. The bolt cover is attached with adhesive. Then unscrew the bolts and adjust the neck angle as necessary with shims. For the Skylark model, which has no bolt cover, the bolts can be accessed through the end pin or preamp cavities. For access though the end pin a bit extender is necessary.

Travel

When traveling with your guitar by car it best to keep your guitar inside with you and not in the trunk. Car trunks can get excessively hot or cold and have poor ventilation which can damage the instrument. The glues used to construct your guitar are affected by heat and can loosen the adhesion of the glue and result in damage. If your does get cold during travel it is best to leave it in the case and let it come up slowly to room tempertaure.

When flying by air it is always best to bring the on-board with you and not check is through baggage. This is not always possible so hardshell or flight case is recommended. Before putting the guitar in the case loosen the strings and make sure the guitar is tightly packed and add padding on the back and front of the headstock.