Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you have an acoustic guitar and want to learn how to best take care of your instrument, what follows are some great words of advice.

Let's face it. It's fairly easy to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's one of the reasons there are so many guitars sold each and every year. But remember, it's another thing to actually learn to be a pro at it. And remember that it's not just about learning to play. You really need some information regarding 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 climate, 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 house it and what it has to deal with on a daily basis. 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 sunny day.

One of the major necessities for a guitar is a good case. It really should be water resistant but also provide protection from heat. Black cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored cases, so remember that 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 environmental changes 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 gauge of string to another isn't good for your guitar. Also, don't 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 your instrument's neck constant.

If at all possible, it's a great idea to have at least two guitars, a beater 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 price range. You won't have to change the strings on it as much as the guitar 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 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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