Acoustic Guitar Tips

If you just got an acoustic guitar and would like to find out how to take better care of your instrument, here are a few good words of advice.

You've got to admit it. It's a basic thing 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 takes something else to actually learn to be a pro at the art. And remember that it's not just about learning to play. You also need some information about the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

The vast majority of acoustics are made of wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in weather, such as extreme heat or extreme cold. It's very easy for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise become 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 warp into a useless mess if kept on the back seat of your car on a hot day.

One of the major necessities for most instruments is a good enclosure. It really should be water resistant but also give protection from heat. Black cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored cases, so keep that in mind 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 your budget prohibits 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 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 the guitar neck at a constant level.

If at all possible, it's a nice idea to have at a minimum 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 won't have to change the strings on it as much as the one you keep 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 crazy. Your guitar should develop its own natural character, and part of this is letting it get used and worn in an everyday fashion.

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