If you have a new acoustic guitar and want to find out how to take better care of your instrument, what follows are some nice words of advice.
You've got to admit it. It's not too difficult to learn the acoustic guitar. That's one of the reasons there are so many guitars bought each and every year. But remember, it's takes something else to actually become proficient in the art. And remember that 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.
The vast majority of acoustics are made of wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in weather, such as super heat or extreme cold. It's dead easy 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 melt into a useless mess if kept on the back seat of your car on a hot day.
One of the primary needs for most instruments is a good enclosure. It really should be water resistant but also provide protection from heat. Dark colored cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored enclosures, so keep that in mind 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 recommend the hard shell case unless your budget prohibits it.
Guitar strings are susceptible to environmental changes as well. Note how quickly guitars go out of tune, especially with 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 best, as the shock of going from one gauge 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 this will keep the tension on the guitar neck at a constant level.
If you can, it's a good 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 great, something in the hundred dollar price range. You won't have to replace the strings on it as much as the one you use for performances.
When cleaning your guitar, don't 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 nuts. Your guitar should develop its own natural character, and part of this is letting it get used and worn in an everyday fashion.
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