Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you just got an acoustic guitar and want to learn how to best take care of your instrument, here are a few good tips.

You've got to admit it. It's a basic thing to learn the acoustic guitar. That's probably one of the many reasons there are so many guitars purchased each and every year. But remember, it's another thing to actually learn to be good at it. And remember that it's not just about the basics of learning. You also need some information about the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

Most acoustics 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 become damaged depending on how you store it and what it is exposed to daily. Think about the old cassette tape and how it would warp 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 give protection from heat. Dark colored cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored cases, so remember that when shopping for one for your guitar. You'll have the choice of soft shell cases and hard shell cases. In almost all situations, I would endorse the hard shell case unless your budget prohibits it.

Guitar strings are susceptible to environmental changes 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 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 guitar. Also, never take all the strings off your guitar at once, as that might cause warping of the neck. Change them one at a time, as that will keep the tension on your instrument's neck at a constant level.

If you can, it's a nice idea to have at least two guitars, a beater you use around the house and another that you keep for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be expensive, something in the hundred dollar range. You should't have to change the strings on it as much as the one you keep for performances.

When cleaning your guitar, never 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 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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