Acoustic Guitar Tips

If you have an acoustic guitar and want to find out how to best take care of it, what you will find here are some great tips.

You've got to admit it. It's fairly easy 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 a pro at it. And it's not just about the basics of learning. You really need some knowledge about the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

Most acoustics are created from wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to differences in climate, such as super heat or super cold. It's dead easy for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise get damaged depending on how you store it and what it is exposed to daily. Remember the old cassette tape and how it would melt into a useless mess if kept on the back seat of your car on a sunny day.

One of the major needs for most instruments is a good case. It should be water resistant but also provide protection from heat. Black cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored enclosures, so keep that in mind when shopping for one for your guitar. There are 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 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 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 best, as the shock of going from one type of string to another wouldn't be 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 them one at a time, as that will keep the tension on your instrument's neck constant.

If you can, it's a great idea to have at a minimum two guitars, a beater you use around the house and another that you keep for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be expensive, something in the hundred dollar range. You should't have to change 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 soft cloth and wipe the dust. Try to not wipe so hard that you affect the finish of your guitar. And don't go crazy. 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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