Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you just got a new acoustic guitar and want to find out how to take better care of it, here are a few great tips.

Let's face it. It's a basic thing to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's one of the reasons there are so many guitars sold each and every year. However, it's takes something else to actually become a pro at the art. And remember that it's not just about the basics of learning. You really need some information 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 extreme cold. It's dead easy for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise become damaged depending on how you store it and what it has to deal with daily. Remember the old cassette tape and how it would warp into a useless mess if left on the back seat of your car on a hot day.

One of the primary necessities for most instruments is a good case. It really should be water resistant but also give 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 you can't afford it.

Guitar strings are sensitive to heat and cold as well. Have you experienced how quickly guitars go out of tune, especially with 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 gauge of string to another isn't good for your guitar. Also, never 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 nice idea to have at least two guitars, one that 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 should't have to replace the strings on it as much as the guitar you keep for performances.

When it is time to clean your guitar, don't 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 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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