Acoustic Guitar Tips

If you just got a new acoustic guitar and want to learn how to best take care of it, here are a few useful words of advice.

You've got to admit 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. But remember, it's takes something else to actually become proficient in it. And it's not just about the basics of learning. You also need some information about the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

Most acoustic guitars are made of wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in weather, such as super heat or extreme cold. It's very easy 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 warp into a useless mess if kept on the dashboard of your car on a sunny day.

One of the major needs for a guitar is a good case. It really should be water resistant but also provide protection from heat. Dark colored cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored cases, so remember that 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 you can't afford it.

Guitar strings are sensitive to environmental changes as well. Have you experienced how quickly guitars go out of tune, especially if you put on 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 the best thing you can do, as the shock of going from one type of string to another wouldn't be good for your instrument. Also, never 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 at a constant level.

If at all possible, it's a great idea to have at a minimum two guitars, one that you use for practice 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 one you use for performances.

When cleaning 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 nuts. 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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