Acoustic Guitar Tips

If you just got an acoustic guitar and would like to learn how to take better care of your instrument, what you will find here are a few nice tips.

You've got to admit it. It's fairly easy to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's one of the reasons there are so many guitars bought each and every year. However, it's another thing to actually become good at the art. And remember that it's not just about the basics of learning. You really need some information regarding the instrument itself and how to take care of it.

Most acoustics are made of wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to differences in climate, such as extreme heat or super cold. It's very simple for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise become damaged depending on how you store it and what it has to deal with on a daily basis. Think about the old cassette tape and how it would warp into a useless mess if kept on the dashboard of your car on a hot 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 the sun's rays more than lighter colored enclosures, so remember that when shopping for 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 sensitive 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 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 isn't good for your guitar. 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 the guitar neck constant.

If you can, it's a good idea to have at a minimum two guitars, a beater you use around the house and another that you keep for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be great, something in the hundred dollar range. You should't have to replace 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 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 part of this is letting it get used and worn in a normal fashion.

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