If you have an acoustic guitar and would like to find out how to best take care of it, what follows are some nice tips.
You've got to admit it. It's not too difficult to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's one of the reasons there are so many guitars purchased each and every year. However, it's another thing to actually become good at it. And it's not just about the basics of learning. You really need some information regarding the instrument itself and how to take care of it.
Most acoustics are created from wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in climate, such as super heat or extreme cold. It's dead simple for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise get damaged depending on how you house it and what it has to deal with daily. Remember the old cassette tape and how it would warp into a useless mess if kept on the dashboard of your car on a sunny day.
One of the primary necessities for a guitar is a good case. It really should be water resistant but also provide protection from heat. Dark colored cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored cases, so remember that when shopping for one for your guitar. You'll have the choice of soft shell cases and hard shell cases. In most situations, I would recommend the hard shell case unless you can't afford it.
Guitar strings are susceptible to heat and cold as well. Note how quickly guitars go out of tune, especially if you put on a new set of strings? The neck of your guitar will give and let go depending on the type of strings you use, and if you settle on a particular gauge of string, it's probably the best thing you can do, as the shock of going from one type of string to another isn't good for your instrument. Also, don't take all the strings off your guitar at once, as that might cause warping of the neck. Change them one at a time, as this will keep the tension on the guitar neck at a constant level.
If at all possible, it's a good idea to have at a minimum two guitars, a beater you use around the house and another that you use for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be wonderful, something in the hundred dollar range. You won't have to replace the strings on it as much as the guitar you use for performances.
When cleaning your guitar, never use water or furniture polish. Just use a clean cloth and wipe the dust. Try to not wipe so hard that you affect the finish of your guitar. And don't go nuts. Your guitar should develop its own natural character, and the way to let it do this is letting it get used and worn in a normal fashion.
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