Acoustic Guitar Tips

If you just got an acoustic guitar and would like to learn how to take better care of it, what follows are a few good words of advice.

Let's face it. It's a basic thing to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's one of the reasons there's so many guitars purchased each and every year. However, it's takes something else to actually learn to be proficient in it. And it's not just about the basics of learning. You also need some knowledge regarding 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 differences in climate, such as extreme heat or super cold. It's dead easy for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise get damaged depending on how you house it and what it is exposed to on a daily basis. Remember the old cassette tape and how it would melt into a useless mess if left on the back seat of your car on a hot day.

One of the primary necessities for most instruments is a good enclosure. It 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 remember that when selecting one for your guitar. There are soft shell cases and hard shell cases. In most situations, I would recommend the hard shell case unless you can't afford it.

Guitar strings are susceptible 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 decide to use 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, 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 at all possible, it's a great idea to have at least two guitars, one that 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 should't have to change the strings on it as much as the guitar you use for performances.

When cleaning 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 have its own natural character, and part of this is letting it get used and worn in a normal fashion.

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