If you have a new acoustic guitar and want to find out how to take better care of it, what follows are some useful tips.
You've got to admit it. It's not rocket science to learn the acoustic guitar. That's probably one of the many reasons there's so many guitars sold each and every year. However, it's another thing to actually become good at it. And it's not just about learning to play. You really need some information regarding the instrument itself and how to take care of it.
The vast majority of acoustic guitars are created from 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 is exposed to daily. Think about the old cassette tape and how it would melt into a useless mess if kept on the dashboard of your car on a sunny day.
One of the major needs for most instruments is a good enclosure. It should be water resistant and also give protection from heat. Black cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored enclosures, so keep that in mind when selecting one for your guitar. You'll have the choice of 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 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 settle on 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 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 the guitar neck constant.
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 use for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be great, something in the hundred dollar range. You won't have to replace the strings on it as much as the guitar you keep for performances.
When cleaning 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 crazy. Your guitar should develop its own natural character, and the way to let it do this is letting it get used and worn in an everyday fashion.
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