Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you just got an acoustic guitar and want to learn how to take better care of your instrument, what follows are some nice tips.

You've got to admit it. It's not too difficult to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's one of the reasons there's so many guitars bought each and every year. However, it's another thing to actually become good at the art. And it's not just about the basics of learning. You really need some information regarding the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

Most acoustics 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 get damaged depending on how you house it and what it has to deal with daily. Remember 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 primary necessities for a guitar is a good enclosure. It really should be water resistant and also provide protection from heat. Black cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored cases, so keep that in mind when shopping for 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 sensitive to heat and cold as well. Have you experienced 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 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 your strings one at a time, as this will keep the tension on your instrument's neck constant.

If you can, it's a great idea to have at a minimum two guitars, one that you use around the house and another that you use for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be expensive, something in the hundred dollar price range. You won't have to replace the strings on it as much as the guitar you use for performances.

When cleaning 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 the way to let it do this is letting it get used and worn in a normal fashion.

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