Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you just got a new acoustic guitar and would like to find out how to best take care of your instrument, what you will find here are a few nice tips.

You've got to admit it. It's fairly easy to learn the acoustic guitar. That's probably one of the many reasons there's so many guitars bought each and every year. But remember, it's another thing to actually become a pro at it. And it's not just about the basics of learning. You also need some information about the instrument itself and how to take care of it.

The vast majority of 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 store it and what it has to deal with on a daily basis. Remember 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 major needs for most instruments is a good enclosure. It really should be water resistant and also give protection from heat. Dark colored cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored cases, so remember that when selecting one for your guitar. There are 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 sensitive 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 decide to use a particular gauge of string, it's probably the best thing you can do, as the shock of going from one gauge of string to another wouldn't be good for your instrument. 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 the guitar neck at a constant level.

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