Acoustic Guitar Tips

If you have an acoustic guitar and want to learn how to best take care of it, what you will find here are some good tips.

Let's face it. It's fairly easy to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's probably one of the many reasons there's so many guitars bought each and every year. But remember, it's another thing to actually become good at it. And remember that it's not just about learning to play. You also need some knowledge about 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 weather, such as super heat or super cold. It's dead easy for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise become damaged depending on how you house it and what it has to deal with on a daily basis. Remember 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 primary necessities for a guitar is a good case. It really should be water resistant but also provide protection from heat. Black cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored enclosures, so remember that when selecting 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 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 your strings 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 a minimum two guitars, a beater you use for practice and another that you use for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be expensive, something in the hundred dollar price 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, 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 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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