If you just got a new acoustic guitar and would like to learn how to best take care of it, here are a few nice tips.
You've got to admit it. It's a basic thing to learn how to play 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 proficient in the art. And remember that it's not just about the basics of learning. You really need some information about the instrument itself and how 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 dead simple for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise get damaged depending on how you house it and what it has to deal with on a daily basis. Think about the old cassette tape and how it would melt into a useless mess if kept on the dashboard of your car on a hot day.
One of the primary necessities for a guitar is a good case. It really should be water resistant and also give protection from heat. Dark colored cases will absorb the sun's rays 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 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 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 isn't 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 this will keep the tension on your instrument's neck constant.
If you can, it's a great idea to have at a minimum two guitars, a beater you use for practice and another that you keep for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be wonderful, something in the hundred dollar price range. You won't have to replace the strings on it as much as the guitar you use for performances.
When it is time to clean your guitar, don't 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 develop its own natural character, and the way to let it do this is letting it get used and worn in an everyday fashion.
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