Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you just got an acoustic guitar and want to learn how to best take care of your instrument, what you will find here are some useful words of advice.

You've got to admit it. It's fairly easy to learn the acoustic guitar. That's one of the reasons there are so many guitars purchased each and every year. But remember, it's takes something else to actually learn to be proficient in the art. And it's not just about the basics of learning. You really need some knowledge about the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

Most acoustic guitars are created from wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in weather, such as extreme heat or super cold. It's very easy for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise get damaged depending on how you store it and what it is exposed to 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 most instruments is a good case. It should be water resistant but also provide protection from heat. Black cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored enclosures, 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 most situations, I would recommend the hard shell case unless your budget prohibits it.

Guitar strings are susceptible to heat and cold as well. Note how quickly guitars go out of tune, especially with a new set of strings? The neck of your 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 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 that will keep the tension on the guitar neck constant.

If you can, it's a nice 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 great, 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, 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 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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