If you have a new acoustic guitar and would like to find out how to take better care of it, what follows are some nice tips.
You've got to admit it. It's not rocket science to learn the acoustic guitar. That's why there's so many guitars bought each and every year. But remember, it's takes something else to actually learn to be good at the art. And remember that it's not just about learning to play. You also need some information regarding the instrument itself and how to take care of it.
Most acoustic guitars are created from wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in weather, such as super heat or super 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 is exposed to on a daily basis. Think about 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 necessities for most instruments is a good case. It 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 selecting one for your guitar. There are soft shell cases and hard shell cases. In most situations, I would recommend the hard shell case unless your budget prohibits it.
Guitar strings are sensitive to environmental changes 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 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 this will keep the tension on your instrument's neck at a constant level.
If at all possible, it's a good idea to have at least two guitars, one that you use around the house and another that you keep 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 one you keep 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 crazy. Your guitar should have 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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