Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you just got a new acoustic guitar and want to find out how to take better care of your instrument, what follows are a few great tips.

You've got to admit it. It's not rocket science to learn the acoustic guitar. That's why there's so many guitars sold each and every year. However, 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 information about 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 climate, such as extreme heat or extreme cold. It's very 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. Remember the old cassette tape and how it would warp into a useless mess if left 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. Dark colored cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored enclosures, so remember that when shopping for one for your guitar. There are soft shell cases and hard shell cases. In most situations, I would endorse 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 if you put on 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 gauge of string to another wouldn't be good for your instrument. Also, don't 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 the guitar neck constant.

If at all possible, 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 expensive, something in the hundred dollar range. You should't have to change the strings on it as much as the guitar you keep for performances.

When it is time to clean your guitar, don't 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 the way to let it do this is letting it get used and worn in a normal fashion.

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