Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you have an acoustic guitar and would like 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 not rocket science 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. However, it's another thing to actually learn to be proficient in the art. And remember that it's not just about learning to play. You really need some information regarding the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

Most acoustic guitars are created from wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in climate, such as super 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 on a daily basis. Remember 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 enclosure. It should be water resistant and also provide protection from heat. Dark colored cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored cases, so keep that in mind when shopping for one for your guitar. There are 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 sensitive to environmental changes 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 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 instrument. Also, never 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 that will keep the tension on your instrument's neck at a constant level.

If you can, 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 expensive, something in the hundred dollar price range. You won't have to change the strings on it as much as the guitar you use for performances.

When cleaning your guitar, never 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 crazy. Your guitar should develop 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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