Loog Guitars Best in Show at Summer NAMM 2016

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Yup folks, the rumors are true! Our last leg of our never-ending musical tour called life led us back to Nashville for the 2016 Summer NAMM – and we came back Best in Show in the “Gotta Stock It” category!

Ever since we won the Best Tools for Schools award at the 2013 NAMM Show, we’ve been coveting the Best in Show prize – and 2016 was the year we finally made it. We had the privilege of sharing a stand with Hal Leonard, our exclusive US distributor, who was more than cool that we advertise our new distinction. They were also really cool with us jumping and down with joyful abandon, which was also greatly appreciated 😉

Loog Guitars Best in Show at Summer NAMM

All jokes and good news aside, Summer NAMM 2016 was yet another great show for us. Lots of new friends and reception towards the Loog Academy app and Educator’s Guide was heartwarming to say the least. Lots of people getting excited about what all of this means for kids (and kids-at-heart) who are just picking up their first guitar – and many more schools interested in how to combine Loog Guitars with their preferred method to teach music.

We also got to jam with a whole bunch of new people – and this time, we’ve got YouTube videos to prove it 😉

Last but not least, we checked out a teeny tiny minute to check out our favorite record store in Nashville – Third Man Records, where we found the TMR Loog Shrine and took seven thousand pictures to upload everywhere.

Loog Guitars at Third Man Records

All in all, another GREAT show! Oh, and did we mention that we were named Best in Show?! See all of you in January for a more frozen-y version of NAMM!

Loog Guitars Best in Show at Summer NAMM 2016

Guitar Care for Beginners – Loog Blog Special

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Loog Guitars - Guitar Care

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Being a good guitarist isn’t just down to playing the right chords – it’s about looking after your guitar and caring for it. Guitars are sensitive instruments, and should be properly cared for to keep them both sounding and looking at their best. There are some simple things that we can all do to ensure we look after our guitars in the best way.

TEMPERATURE & HUMIDITY
Guitars are made out of wood and wood is a natural material. This means it can be affected by temperature and humidity (the amount of water vapor in the air). Both of these elements can affect the sound and quality of a guitar. If there is too much moisture in the air, guitars can swell – and if there is too little, this can cause the guitar to shrink and crack. Also, really warm temperatures can weaken glue, while the cold can cause the finish to crack. The best thing to do is to store your guitar somewhere like a cupboard, wardrobe, or in a corner of your room away from any direct heat sources, like a radiator.

CLEANING
After using a guitar we can leave sweat, dirt and grease all over them. Over time, this can affect the look of the guitars. To keep our guitars looking at their best we should regularly clean them to remove this dirt and grease. For a quick clean you can use warm water and a cloth, and dry it off as soon as you have cleaned it. If it needs a really good clean, make sure you help your kid out: you will need to use some chemicals which should not be used by children.

REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Guitars need regular check-ups to make sure everything is still in full working order. Help your kids to check their guitars every couple of months to ensure all screws are tight and that nothing has become loose or damaged. When changing strings, you can prolong their life by using a normal pencil and running it in the grooves of the nut (the white piece of plastic where the strings sit at the bottom and top of the guitar) before attaching strings. This helps lubricate the strings, and reduces the chances of them snapping while playing.

TRAVELING
Guitars are at their most vulnerable when they are being moved around. By using a properly designed carry case you can protect your guitar and reduce the chances of any harm. For the Loog Guitar, there are specially-designed bags which perfectly fit the guitar, making it easy to carry around, whether it’s to a friend’s house, or on a world tour. These bags are available in both Canvas and Denim.

Some notes abour cleaning guitars
When cleaning the body of a guitar the best thing to use is a very small high quality Methylated Spirits on a small rag or a piece of cotton wool. Meths are great at degreasing, cleaning, leave no residue on the surface, and any smells disperse quickly. But, some things are just not for kids! Meths are poisonous, so make sure you keep them out of reach of children. Only use a small amount, and wipe clean after use. Clean the neck of the guitar, and other pieces of unprotected wood with a lemon oil, as this will clean and nourish the wood. Again – do not overuse the oil, but use it sparingly. If you are repairing or refinishing any guitar always ensure products are suitable for use on guitars, as some are domestic and would not be ideal, and could damage the guitar.

This article was written by Merv Jones at Wood Finishes Direct, who stock a range of products suitable for cleaning, repairing and re-finishing guitars. Merv has been playing, repairing and re-finishing guitars for more than 30 years, and has built up a wealth of knowledge in this time. He’s also pretty cool for writing this for us – thanks Merv!