Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you have an acoustic guitar and would like to learn how to best take care of your instrument, what you will find here are a few great words of advice.

Let's face it. It's a basic thing to learn the acoustic guitar. That's one of the reasons there's so many guitars sold each and every year. However, it's takes something else to actually become a pro at the art. And remember that it's not just about learning to play. You really need some information regarding the instrument itself and how 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 extreme cold. It's dead simple for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise become damaged depending on how you house it and what it has to deal with daily. Think about the old cassette tape and how it would melt into a useless mess if left on the back seat of your car on a sunny day.

One of the primary necessities for most instruments is a good enclosure. It should be water resistant and also give protection from heat. Black cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored enclosures, so keep that in mind 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 your budget prohibits it.

Guitar strings are susceptible to environmental changes as well. Have you experienced 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 best, as the shock of going from one gauge of string to another wouldn't be 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 this will keep the tension on your instrument's neck constant.

If you can, it's a nice 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 replace the strings on it as much as the one you keep for performances.

When it is time to clean 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 nuts. Your guitar should have 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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