If you just got an acoustic guitar and want to find out how to take better care of your instrument, what follows are a few good words of advice.
You've got to admit it. It's not rocket science to learn the acoustic guitar. That's why there's so many guitars sold each and every year. But remember, it's takes something else to actually learn to be a pro at it. And remember that it's not just about the basics of learning. You really need some information about the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.
The vast majority of acoustics are created from 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 house it and what it is exposed to daily. 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 major needs for a guitar is a good enclosure. It really should be water resistant but 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 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 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 the guitar neck constant.
If at all possible, it's a good idea to have at least two guitars, a beater you use around the house 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 replace 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 crazy. Your guitar should have 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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