If you have an acoustic guitar and would like to learn how to take better care of it, what you will find here are some useful tips.
Let's face it. It's fairly easy to learn the acoustic guitar. That's probably one of the many reasons there's so many guitars sold each and every year. However, it's another thing to actually learn to be a pro at the art. And it's not just about learning to play. You really need some information about the instrument itself and how to take care of it.
The vast majority of acoustic guitars are made of wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in climate, such as super heat or extreme cold. It's very 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 left on the dashboard of your car on a hot day.
One of the primary necessities for a guitar is a good enclosure. It really should be water resistant and also provide protection from heat. Black cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored enclosures, 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 endorse the hard shell case unless you can't afford it.
Guitar strings are sensitive to environmental changes 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 best, as the shock of going from one gauge 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 constant.
If at all possible, it's a great 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 range. You won't have to replace the strings on it as much as the one you use for performances.
When it is time to clean your guitar, don't 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 the way to let it do this is letting it get used and worn in an everyday fashion.
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