Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you just got a new acoustic guitar and want to find out how to take better care of your instrument, what follows are some nice words of advice.

Let's face 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. But remember, it's takes something else to actually become a pro at the art. And it's not just about the basics of learning. 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 differences 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 house it and what it is exposed to on a daily basis. Think about the old cassette tape and how it would warp into a useless mess if left on the dashboard of your car on a sunny day.

One of the major needs for a guitar is a good case. It should be water resistant but also provide protection from heat. Black cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored cases, so remember that 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 susceptible 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 instrument. 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 you can, 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 wonderful, something in the hundred dollar price range. You should't have to change the strings on it as much as the one you use 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 nuts. 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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