Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you just got an acoustic guitar and would like to find out how to best take care of it, what you will find here are a few useful words of advice.

You've got to admit it. It's a basic thing to learn the acoustic guitar. That's probably one of the many reasons there are so many guitars sold each and every year. However, it's takes something else to actually become proficient in it. And remember that it's not just about the basics of learning. You really need some knowledge regarding the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

Most acoustics are made of wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to differences in climate, such as extreme heat or super cold. It's very simple for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise become damaged depending on how you store it and what it has to deal with on a daily basis. Think about 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 major necessities for a guitar is a good enclosure. It really should be water resistant but also give protection from heat. Black cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored enclosures, so remember that when shopping for one for your guitar. You'll have the choice of soft shell cases and hard shell cases. In almost all situations, I would endorse the hard shell case unless your budget prohibits it.

Guitar strings are sensitive to heat and cold as well. Have you experienced how quickly guitars go out of tune, especially if you put on a new set of strings? The neck of the guitar will give and let go depending on the type of strings you use, and if you decide to use 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 guitar. Also, don't take all the strings off your guitar at once, as that might cause warping of the neck. Change your strings one at a time, as this will keep the tension on the guitar neck constant.

If at all possible, it's a good idea to have at least two guitars, one that you use for practice and another that you keep 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 one you keep for performances.

When it is time to clean 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 have its own natural character, and part of this is letting it get used and worn in a normal fashion.

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