Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you have a new acoustic guitar and would like to find out how to best take care of your instrument, here are some useful words of advice.

You've got to admit it. It's not too difficult to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's probably one of the many reasons there are so many guitars purchased each and every year. But remember, it's takes something else to actually learn to be a pro at it. And remember that it's not just about learning to play. You also need some knowledge regarding 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 differences in climate, such as extreme heat or super 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 warp into a useless mess if kept on the back seat of your car on a sunny day.

One of the primary necessities for most instruments is a good enclosure. It really should be water resistant but also give protection from heat. Dark colored cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored cases, so remember that 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 susceptible to heat and cold 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 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 that will keep the tension on the guitar 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 use for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be great, something in the hundred dollar price 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 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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