If you have a new acoustic guitar and would like to find out how to take better care of your instrument, what you will find here are some great tips.
Let's face it. It's not too difficult to learn the acoustic guitar. That's why there's so many guitars purchased each and every year. However, it's takes something else to actually learn to be good at it. And it's not just about learning to play. You also need some information 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 changes in climate, such as extreme heat or extreme cold. It's very easy for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise get damaged depending on how you store it and what it has to deal with daily. 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 sunny day.
One of the major needs for most instruments is a good enclosure. It really 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. There are 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. 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 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, 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 the guitar neck at a constant level.
If at all possible, it's a great idea to have at least two guitars, one that you use for practice and another that you keep for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be expensive, something in the hundred dollar price range. You won't have to change 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 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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